If you’re planning to visit Korea, may it be the 1st or the 36th time, you might want to get a picture taken in traditional outfit as a souvenir. And about that, I recommend 2 places I’ve been testing with my friends!
First, you might know about purikura, those photo-printed stickers from Japan than you take in a small cabin and then decorate in a very kitsch way. You can find some of these Japanese devices in Seoul (for instance in Hongdae, very close to the Subway restaurant), but there is one in Insadong that you can use while wearing hanbok!
Finding it is very simple, you just need to climb up the stairs of the famous Ssamzie market as it’s located on one of the top floors. Unfortunately, I really don’t remember the name of the shop, but it will be easy to find anyway.
Then, you have to choose your outfit, the choice is not very large but the shop isn’t as well. They have boys and girls outfit, so you don’t have to worry about the gender of the friends you’re going with. Once changed, you can take some selfies before getting started seriously, but it depends if the shop is crowded or not. And then, the machine takes the pictures very, very quickly, so try to already know some funny or sweet poses to do. In the end, you will have to choose 4 pictures out of what you have taken.
Still the hardest part is to decorate the pictures, and if you read hangeul, it’s the first step in not getting lost. The thing is, I don’t have any advice, I’m really so bad at this! Plus, you really have to get those frames and everything very fast on the screen because once again, the machine doesn’t allow you to take much time.
The price is 10 000 wonsfor two sets of pictures, and 5 000 for any additionnal set.
Maps to SSamzie market:
By Anguk station (안국역): exit 6 (6번 출구)
By Jongno 3-ga station (종로 3가역): exit 4 or 5 (4-5번 출구)
If you really want a beautiful picture, I suggest the Goguan Studio. They have 3 studios in Seoul, each situated in a very touristic area: Insadong, Myeongdeong and Hongdae.
The studio I visited was the one in Hongdae. It’s located just next to Trick Eye Museum, in the underground gallery.
The outfits are prettier, the quality is obviously better since it would show with a professional photograph. Depending on the outfit you choose (If I’m correct, simple hanbok or princess/queen or gisaeng, the korean geisha), the set will also change. Because I chose to be dressed as a gisaeng, they gave me a Korean drum to pose with, but my friend chose a simple hanbok and posed with a fan.
It cost 30 000 wons, but the staff was nice and professional. The picture has also been photoshopped (you can see I became a brunette to match the hairpiece). But the price doesn’t include makeup so you have to come already prepared.
The Insadong studio seems to be a cafe, the entrance fee is 20 000 wons, and you can take pictures while dressed up. If you want your picture to be taken, it’s an additional 10 000 wons.
- Myeongdong : Seoul, Chungmuro 1-ga, 22-15, 2nd Floor – 9am to 10pm
(서울시 충무로 1가 22-15 2층)
By Myeongdong station (명동역): exit 6 (6번 출구)
- Insadong : Jongno-gu, Insadong 143, 2nd floor – 9am to 10pm
(서울시 종로구 인사동 143번지 2층)
By Jongno 3-ga station (종로 3가):
If you used line 1, exit 1 or 2 (1-2번 출구)
If you used line 5, exit 5 (5번 출구)
- Hongdae : Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong 357-1, 2nd Basement floor – 9:30am to 8pm
(서울시 마포구 서교동 357-1 지하2층)
By Hongik University station (홍대입구역): exit 9 (9번 출구)