Tired of wearing hanbok and want to try something retro? Check out Jongro Salon, a cafe and a newtro rental shop near Gyeongbukgung.
While looking for my retro mission for this month for Global Seoul Mates 2020, I saw this cafe near Gyeongbukgung Palace at the Jeokseongol Food Culture Street (적선골 음식문화거리). This cafe is named as “Jong-ro Salon”. At first, I thought it’s a place where you can do a hair cut but it’s actually not. It’s a cafe on the first floor and a retro vintage rental shop in the basement.
First Floor: The Cafe
A vintage and retro-inspired cafe where you can enjoy your coffee or wine. Retro cafes are the new favorites of people these days in Korea and you can try it also once you had a chance to visit the country.
Jongro Salon cafe offers different kinds of coffees, teas, fruit juices, desserts, and wines. Prices range from 4,000 won to 24,000 won. I ordered Cafe Latte and to my surprise, it’s my first time to drink a coffee in a glass wine.
Basement: Newtro Rental Shop
In the basement you can rent retro vintage clothing from women to men. They offer vintage clothes, accessories, and a backdrop. Minimum of 1 hour for 10,ooo won and there are so many pretty dresses you can choose from and with complete accessories such as gloves, hair clips, hat, umbrella, bag, etc and for shoes, there’s an additional charge of 3,000 won. Men outfits are also available.
Aside from that they also offer air and makeup but need a reservation to @jinlisan9770_ before visiting. They do traditional hanbok or princess hanbok makeup and eyelash, queen hanbok makeup and eyelash, classic makeup and eyelash, hanbok dree makeup, eyelash, hair and accessories, and men’s hair and makeup too. Price starts from 30,000 won.
You can also make a reservation here before visiting.
Jongro Salon Rental Guide
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1. Tell your name to the staff at the front desk upon arrival to check your reservation.
2. The staff will give you a bag to keep your belongings (don’t leave your valuable things like money and phones)
3. You can choose 2 sets of designs and try them on in the fitting room.
TIP: Check their Instagram account for available designs for you to know what you want to wear.
4. After putting on the clothes that look good to you, choose your accessories and put them.
(They don’t provide hair iron, combs, hairpins, and hair rubber bands, so better bring your own or style your hair at home before visiting)
5. If you will only stay at the cafe, you will pay before you leave. But if you’ll go outside the cafe you need to pay first.
6. Return before the given time, and give back the accessories you wore and change your clothes and return the clothes and shoes you rented to the staff.
The basement has an available backdrops where you can take your photos. The first floor also offers unique backgrounds where you enjoy making memories of your own.
How to go there?
Opening Hours: 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Phone Number: 02-723-3060
Website: Jong-ro Salon
Address: 서울 종로구 자하문로2길 20
You may take the Seoul Subway Line 3 going to Gyeongbukgung Station then take exit 3, 3-1, or 4. Walkabout 127 meters. It is located at the Jeokseongol Food Culture Street.
If you are looking for something new aside from wearing a hanbok in Seoul, I recommend this vintage cafe and clothing rental shop for a change. It’s also nice to take photos at Gyeongbukgung Palace while wearing retro vintage clothes.
The dresses are pretty good but some dress has missing buttons. Hand gloves are just put in a box and you need to look for its pair for a moment. They also don’t have a bag number for you to keep and return when you need to get your belongings. No paper to sign for your rental. But maybe due to corona they don’t implement this yet since there are only a few visitors coming.
So anyway, I enjoyed my experience having coffee here and renting a retro vintage dress. And thanks to my friend who gave me a photoshoot. I didn’t received yet all the photos so I have only posted a few shots here.
I’ve also tried visiting the Kyungsung Clothes Rental shop at Ikseon-dong before and experience the vintage look of Jang Man-wol (IU) from Hotel Del Luna. We also visited Hotel Seine to complete the Hotel del Luna feels.