South Korea Travel Journal

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Moon Guest House; Gyeongbokgung Palace

My mother and I spent the last few days in Seoul at a guest house near the royal palace.  Our hostess was a beautiful college student named Anna, whose style alternated between American tomboy and light, silky dresses.  On our last day in Seoul, Anna insisted we try on the traditional outfits worn for Korean holidays and celebrations.      There are different ensembles - called “hanbok” - for men and women, and there are separate outfits entirely for members of the royal family.  

At first, my mother and I tried on the outfits for the women, and Anna politely offered bits of advice for how to pose and walk around the room.  After a while, however, Anna offered to take pictures of me, and had fun giving me direction on how to pose and how to stand.  I finally dragged her out and made her pose with me.  (“But how do I pose?” I don’t know, just go crazy, pretend you’re an animal, get weird with it!)

Of course, it wouldn’t have been a proper photo shoot unless I tried on the men’s outfits, too, because they looked so much more fun to run around in.  My favorite piece of the whole day was the tall, thin black hat with a wide rim, which is made out of horse’s hair.

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