One of my favorite things about South Korea is that some traditional Korean houses (called hanok) still exist today. Despite the fact that I already visited Namsangol Hanok Village a year ago, I still look around in astonishment around these beautiful architecture. While exploring, I began reminiscing how I wanted to try a traditional Korean dress (hanbok) but the prices I had seen were out of my budget.
Coincidentally, “5,000 WON (~$5) to try on hanbok!” sign stand caught my eyes. My jaw dropped, because I typically seen more than $12 to try on a traditional Korean clothing (hanbok) for couple of minutes. A friend, who was traveling with me recently this summer, also share mutual feelings of excitement; we gestured a lady who was working inside that hanok, we gestured by pointing the dresses. Her lips mouthed, “The ticket is at the booth over there, “ she pointed into the direction.
After purchasing the ticket, I couldn’t be anymore excited to try it on; I’ve been watching too many historical Korean dramas, haha. Not only is it because of Korean dramas, but because I love learning different culture and their traditional dresses. I love learning the purpose and meanings behind any traditional dresses.
The woman who was dressing me, she kindly explained the purpose of each dress. Her eyes, it seemed filled with amusement and appreciation – an appreciation how I actually care about learning her culture by asking different questions about these traditional clothing. Although it was a bit of struggle to understand and read her lips, she wholeheartedly explained patiently as I asked endless questions. Trying on the dress was supposed to take only 30 minutes, but she actually let us take our time which took about an hour! She gestured if she can borrow my DLSR camera, and I wasn’t expecting that she would actually take sooo many photos of my friend and I! I highly recommend visiting Namsangol Hanok Village to see the beautiful architecture and to try on this ~$5 hanbok!
After trying the Korean hanboks, an idea came into my mind: why not try wear a traditional clothes in different country, such as wearing the kimono in Japan. Not only it is for fun, but it is to learn more about their culture.
Here is the video to watch my experience and how the woman kindly taught me about these traditional dresses!
Have you tried any traditional dress around the world?