Top 5 Teahouses in Seoul
Korea’s really been embracing the coffee culture in recent years (a new Starbucks seems to spring up every week). But that doesn’t mean the country’s entirely forgotten its traditional tea roots. Seoul’s got some really great teahouses worth exploring. If one knows where to look, that is.
Here’s a quick rundown of five of my favourite in the city.
Equipped with ondol (traditional Korean underfloor heating), Tteuran (745-7420) is well-suited for the winter months. They also serve a great selection of herbal and leaf teas.
Getting there: Subway Line 3 to Anguk Station. Get out Exit 4. Walk straight and turn left at the third road. It’s roughly 50m from there on your right.
2) Suyeong Sanbang
Unique and ultra-laid back, Suyeong Sanbang (764-1736) is set inside a beautifully preserved hanok (traditional Korean-style home), and about as far away from the city madness one can get.
Getting there: Take subway Line 4 to Hansung University Station and get out Exit 6. Head straight up the main road to the three-way junction. Follow the bend and take the second road on your right from there.
Named after the very area it located in, this place has been here for twelve years. Lee Myung-bak is reported to really like it here and even brought his entourage here before the G20 took place in the capital.
Getting there: Anguk Station, Line 3, Exit 6. Insadong street begins a few minutes away. Walk straight down for around 100m. It’ll be on your right.
Tea to Go. Who says tea can only be enjoyed sitting down? Gul (031-774-5714), the Korean word for honey, is a great little take away hut that serves up sweetened teas made from fresh honey. It also sits right in the heart of Ssamziegil Square, a funky shopping area.
Getting there: Anguk Station, Line 3, Exit 6. Walk straight down 100m. It’s on the left-hand side, on the ground level in Ssamziegil Shopping Square.
Surrounded by art galleries and plenty of cherry blossom trees, Dawon (02-730-6305) Dawon is a great place to hang out during the warmer months. The daechu cha, jujube tea, (6,000 won) is hugely popular. Dawon is one of Seoul’s oldest teahouses, having kept its doors open for thirty years.
Getting there: Anguk Station, Line 3, Exit 6. Head straight down the main street and turn left at Sudo Pharmacy. The entrance is just up the street on your left.