In an odd story, MBC reported that the Silla Hotel did not allow hanbok designer Lee Hye-seon, who was in charge of costuming for several well-known historical movies, to enter the hotel’s restaurant because she was wearing a hanbok.
A restaurant employee explained that its policy is to bar anyone wearing either hanbok or workout-style clothing, which naturally is inspiring disbelief among many. Some said the restaurant was “insulting hanbok”. Lee has made hanboks her daily clothing for over 20 years and said that she was so surprised she didn’t even become angry.
The story made it onto the internet when Lee mentioned it on her Twitter feed (!) and the restaurant eventually apologized and said there it had been a misunderstanding of its rules.