Cha-teul in Seoul


With an abundance of stylish and trendy cafes in Korea, tourists and locals alike have way too many options to choose from. Contrasting the modern and state-of-the-art cafes is Cha-teul, a traditional teahouse with a view of the mountains and surrounding greenery. 


Traditional teahouse with a view of the mountains


Cha-teul - traditional exterior
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Even before entering, you can tell that the teahouse has a rich history based on its traditional exterior alone. 

Cha-teul - bukchon hanok village
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Cha-teul is a 100-year-old traditional teahouse located in the midst of Bukchon Hanok Village.

Cha-teul - hanok floor seating
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Like many hanok houses, floor seating is implemented. Customers have to sit on traditional cushions that are placed on a heated wooden floor. 

Cha-teul - mountain view
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Thanks to its prime location and huge windows, customers can enjoy a view of the nearby mountains and an overview of the rest of the village from within the teahouse. 


Courtyard in the heart of the teahouse


Cha-teul - small garden with an empty stone pond
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In the centre of the teahouse lies a small garden with an empty stone pond.

Cha-teul - traditional hanok aesthetic courtyard
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There are statues placed in the pond, as well as dotted through the rest of the courtyard, adding to the traditional Korean hanok aesthetic of the place. 

Cha-teul - plants with seasonal blooms
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There is an abundance of plants around the teahouse, with some of them sprouting seasonal blooms throughout the year.

Cha-teul - courtyard covered with pebbles and granite stepping stones
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After enjoying your meal, take a stroll through the courtyard, where the ground is covered with pebbles and granite stepping stones. 

Cha-teul - outdoor seating
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There are both outdoor and indoor seating available. If you opt to sit outdoors on their veranda, you get an up close and personal view of the beautiful greenery surrounding Cha-teul. 

Cha-teul - minzy
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Fun fact: former 2NE1 member Minzy visited the teahouse and thoroughly enjoyed her experience there. 


Menu with traditional Korean snacks


Cha-teul - impressive and aesthetic menu
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The menu at Cha-teul is just as impressive as its aesthetics. 

Cha-teul - sweet red bean porridge
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The teahouse’s strength lies in traditional Korean treats such as yugwa (popped rice snack) and danpatjuk (sweet red bean porridge). 

Cha-teul - traditional korean tea
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They also serve a large variety of teas and traditional beverages, from red ginseng tangerine peel tea to ssanghwa tea (medical tea). A pot of tea ranges from KRW9,000 to KRW26,000 (~USD6.98 to ~USD20.17)

Cha-teul - menu items
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Cha-teul’s menu items are not only appetising, but also visually appealing. 

Cha-teul - flower ice tea
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Their flower iced tea, which is served in a glass cup that is shaped like a bloom, uses small flower buds as a garnish. 

Cha-teul - chapssaltteok
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This refreshing tea is perfectly complemented by chapssaltteok, a mochi-like dessert that’s usually filled with fresh cut strawberries or almonds and red bean paste. A plate of chapssaltteok costs KRW7,000 (~USD5.43)

Cha-teul - steamed pumpkin ricecake
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On top of that, the teahouse’s staff will blow you away with their excellent service.

Cha-teul - pouring tea
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Some of serving staff speak fluent English and even boast fancy tea-pouring skills. We know it doesn’t sound impressive on paper, but wait till you witness it for yourself. The staff are eager to share with customers the ingredients and health benefits of each beverage, and to show off their tea presentation abilities. 


Getting to Cha-teul


It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city, so why not visit Cha-teul to take a breather from the rush and enjoy a soothing cup of tea? 

How to get there: 

  • Take the train to Anguk Station and exit by Exit 2
  • At the bus stop right in front of the exit, board the Jongno 01 bus. 
  • In 4 stops, alight at the bus stop located at the entrance of Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Walk for 7 minutes inside Bukchon Hanok Village and you will reach Cha-teul. 

Address: 26, Bukchon-ro 11na-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 12pm-9pm | Sat & Sun 11am-9pm (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 02-722-7006
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