Traditional Tea House with Ceramic Art Display
Insadong is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Seoul. The “Culture Street” in Insadong was developed to cater foreign visitors with traditional Korean cultural experience. Instead of coffee shops, you can find more traditional tea houses in the alleyways of Insadong.
There are many tea shops to choose from on streets of Insadong. One might simply walk in to a place in sight but just around the corner of an alley is something more than just a tea cafe. Beautiful Tea Museum is a place to enjoy different kinds of teas around Asia. There carry selection of green tea, oolong tea, flower tea, herbal tea, and more.
The place is called a museum for a reason. As you enter through the sliding doors into the traditional hanok, you can witness the neatly displayed tea leaves and ceramic art. Handmade tea cups and plates are sold here.
You can choose to just browse through the exhibited goods, or have a seat in the central garden for a cup of tea. A server promptly approaches as you enter the cafe area of the museum. The place was nearly empty. There was only one other table of middle-aged ladies. I read that this cafe is usually packed, but it is a cold winter day in off-season. I still expected more people as cold days may remind you more of steamy, good cup of tea. Perhaps with the popularization of coffee franchises, traditional cafes may have become just a thing for tourists.
Pumpkin Milk Tea – A Seasonal Treat
There are many types of teas on the menu and some are well explained. I went for one of the seasonal specials on the menu: pumpkin matcha milk tea. It was American Thanksgiving Day as well. The tea was more like thin pumpkin soup. It was flavourful with a bit of foam on top.
The lady gave me two pieces of green tea rice cake on the side to try. The cylinder shaped rice cake pieces are slightly toasted. They are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Beautiful Tea Museum 아름다운 차 박물관
Insadong 193-1, Jongno-gu, Seoul