Wear Hanbok And Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace

One thing you should do in Seoul especially if it's your first time visit, is to wear  Korean traditional clothing called "Hanbok". We did that on our last day in Seoul when we visited the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Can you imagine the whole group of 37 person wearing Hanbok? The experience is surely unforgettable.

The Hanbok is included in the land tour price from our trip organizer @tripirit At the Hanbok rental place, we could choose our own Hanbok, the simple one for two hours. The rental place is just around the corner of Gyeongbokgung Palace. After changing our clothes, we walked to the Palace. We were very colourful and eye catching at the same time :) 

Our group entering the Gyeongbokgung Palace

Getting to The Gyeongbokgung Palace By Subway

From our hotel K Premium Guesthouse Dongdaemun, we took Subway Line three and alight at Gyeongbokgung Station. The closest exit is number 3. The station is so lovely, you will notice that you are close to the palace by seeing the the station's wall.  

Wish I could understand what was written on the TV screen:D
A café inside the station
The gorgeous wall at the station
And this wall too
Going to exit number 3

The Hanbok Rental Near Gyeongbokgung Palace

We exit the station and found Daiso on our left, then we walked to the Hanbok rental place. On the second floor, there were many kind of Hanbok. As you may guess, I choose the purple and simple one.

Wearing Hanbok is much easier and faster than Kimono. I refused to use the bird nest under my purple Hanbok. The lady staff from the rental place said I looked weird, and I answered, "It's ok" Hahahha..

The Hanbok rental shop
Choosing our Hanbok
We changed our clothes at the fitting room
Everyone was ready 
I brought along my purple scarf, and it match well with the Hanbok

Exploring Gyeongbokgung Palace

We walked to the Palace all together, we didn't have to pay the entrance fee as we were using Hanbok (otherwise the entrance fee is KRW 3,000 for adult). From the rental place, we passed one coffee shop called Flower Café Hwa Doo, which was our meeting point after visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace.

We enter from the museum side of the Palace. The trees around the gate was stunning with the yellow leaves.

The pathway from Hanbok Rental to the Palace
Found this lovely coffeeshop
Queueing to cross the road
I really miss this kind of sight in Seoul

The Gyeongbokgung Palace stand among all the modern buildings. It is amazing to have one Palace surrounded by the tall buildings. The mountain view at the back of the Palace made this place even more beautiful.

If you'd like to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, be advised that the Palace is closed on Tuesday.

Entering the palace from the museum side
The entrance we used to enter the Palace
With my room mates

Flower Café Hwa Doo: A Great Coffeeshop Near Gyeongbokgung Palace

If you are looking for a great local coffeeshop in Seoul, you should visit this coffeeshop near Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is called Flower Café Hwa Doo, if you follow the step given above to get to the Palace, you will find this coffeeshop once you exit the station, on your left.

You will see this on your left

It is a two-storey coffeeshop, with the bar at the first floor, and the seating area mainly on the second floor. Other than coffee, they also serve tea. The coffee machine and everything inside Flower Café Hwa Do is so instagrammable.
Not too mention that their coffee taste so good!

Too bad, I couldn't buy any coffee beans 
at this coffeeshop
Look at the coffee machine, wohooo..
This man is the barista
My hot latte..

~ to be continued ~

Our trip was organized by @tripirit, check their Instagram to customize your trip or to join their open trip. All of the participants were covered by travel insurance sponsored by Howden Indonesia.

written on January 2, 2019

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