Enjoy fall in Gyeongbokgung with a hanbok on! Rent one for as low as ₩6,600 or $6 here. (New users get extra ₩3,000 or $3 off first booking 🎉)
Those who’ve visited Gyeongbokgung in autumn can attest to this: the palace looks absolutely magnificent during the season. While it’s true that the place charms all year round, there’s something about fall that makes it look grander and, yes, even more Instagrammable! If you haven’t been to this crowd-favorite attraction yet, then you should definitely plan your visit soon. Go any time from the last two weeks of October through November. Oh, and to waive the entrance fee (yes, get free admission), come in to Gyeongbok Palace wearing a hanbok. You can rent a traditional or a luxury hanbok here!
Touring Gyeongbokgung in Autumn
Even before you head inside the grounds, the main gate of Gyeongbokgung, which is called Gwanghwamun, will impress from afar. Many visitors spend some time here, leaning on its walls and getting their photos taken. A lot of people feel in awe just by the sight of Gwanghwamun (especially if you’ll come from Gwanghwamun Station), but that’s no surprise given that it’s the main and grandest gate of the palace!
As you enter the grounds, take a good look of the surrounds and feel the energy of the place. For the best autumn viewing spots inside Gyeongbokgung, make your way to Gyeonghoeru (경회루). This is the popular Royal Banquet Hall that stands on an artificial lake. You will also love the fall sceneries at Hyangwonjeong, which is the well-photographed hexagonal pavilion that’s connected to the palace grounds by a long, beautiful bridge.
When you get tired from all the walking, find a cool spot under the ginkgo and maple trees, which will truly capture your heart by its autumn hues.
Finally, if you’ll visit Gyeongbokgung in an autumn afternoon, make sure to extend through sunset to get that dramatic look!
Rent a Hanbok for Your Gyeongbokgung Trip This Fall
Aside from the benefit of free admission to Gyeongbok Palace, two other good reasons to wear a hanbok during your visit is this: you’ll look great in your photos; and you’ll get to wear the Korean traditional clothing!
So, where can I rent one? The most popular hanbok rental store near Gyeongbokgung is Hanboknam. They have a wide selection of traditional hanbok, as well as a luxury line for those who are looking for more sophisticated pieces. Here are the rates for reference:
Price on WAUG
|ㄴ 1.5 hours||₩10,000||₩6,600|
|ㄴ 2.5 hours||₩15,000||₩9,900|
|ㄴ 4 hours||₩20,000||₩13,200|
|ㄴ 1 day||₩30,000||₩19,800|
|ㄴ 1.5 hours||₩20,000||₩13,200|
|ㄴ 2.5 hours||₩30,000||₩19,800|
|ㄴ 4 hours||₩40,000||₩26,400|
|ㄴ 1 day||₩50,000||₩33,000|
As you can see, booking a hanbok on WAUG will save you up to 34% off! Of course, if you’re a new user, you can use your $3 or ₩3,000 discount coupon to further save on costs! 🥳
How to Book Hanboknam near Gyeongbokgung
If you’re unfamiliar with booking activities online, just follow these 5 simple steps:
- Log in or sign up for WAUG here. (New users get an extra $3 or ₩3,000 discount! 🎉)
- Proceed to the booking page of Hanboknam near Gyeongbok Palace here.
- Select the date and provide other participant information.
- Check out using your Visa, Mastercard, or AMEX.
- Wait for your voucher/s that we’ll send through the WAUG app, which you can download by clicking below:
Is your method-of-payment issued in South Korea? You can switch the page’s currency to KRW to activate the local card processor and see the other payment options!
How to Get to Gyeongbokgung & Hanboknam This Autumn
Gyeongbokgung is located in 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul. It is near Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 5. You can also alight at Gwanghwamun Station and take Exit 2.
On the other hand, Hanboknam is located in 133-5 Sajik-ro, Jongro-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Here’s a map to help you find the place:
Featured images from Hanboknam on Instagram.