There have been many things I’ve tried while I’ve been in Korea that have been out of the ordinary….and then there is the ‘Photo Dress Hyang’café. The concept is simple enough. Turn up with your friends ,rifle through the magazine, and choose your clothes. Luckily there aren’t just wedding gowns but also Kimonos, Hanbok tuxedos and male Hanboks for the boys, as well as short party dresses for the adventurous among you. The three of my friends went for very classic styles and I went for the puffiest purple number I could find.
You pay a 5,000 won fee to be in the café and there is self-service coffee and tea. Each dress has a different price attached to it and the price is for the half hour rental. The dresses in these pictures ranged from 10,000 to 15,000 won. The shop is open every day until 8pm.
When we arrived the lady working in the shop directed us to the hair and make-up table. The hair and make-up table has everything from gel to hot rollers. There is also a fantastic array of fancy dress hats, masks and mustaches to make your look effortlessly 80’s. The lady was really helpful and lovely and even took a load of photos for us. If you would rather, there is also a professional photographer on hand to create portraits if you want to pay extra.
It is the perfect way to spend a day with your friends or a great place to bring family and friends visiting Korea. After two years in Korea it is still the most bizarre thing I’ve done.My cheeks hurt at the end of our half hour from laughing so much.
But mark my words, it is the current trend to open cat cafes all around the world but in the next five years we will all be playing dress up with our lattes. Why not get in here now before everyone’s doing it.
How to get there:
If you are stood looking at the stage in down town Daegu, turn right and walk straight. You will walk straight past a Lotteria on your right and a few 100 yards further you will also walk past a surf/summer clothes shop on your right. From the stage it is about a 10 minute straight walk. It is located on the 2nd floor and you will see pictures of westerners in hanboks and Koreans in wedding dresses on the 2nd floor windows.
-Phone number: 053-254-3319
-Name: 드레스향( Dresshyang )
-Address: 2nd floor 59-2 Gongpyeongdong, Jung Gu, Daegu