While we were looking at some old silverware from street vendors, Jung and I literally stumbled upon the Areumdaun Cha Bangmulgwan (Beautiful Tea Museum). According to the sign below, it's a museum, gallery, tea shop and cafe all in one. Sounded intriguing enough so we went in.
The museum is in a renovated hanok, an old, traditional Korean house.
The museum exhibits and sells over 200 different varieties of teas from Korea, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, India and Europe. They have a wide range of green, black, brown, herbal and flower teas. This is the tea shop, where you can buy different types of tea as well as tea sets. I loved this floating candle decoration in the center.
Visitors can enjoy sitting in the central garden, where they can view the rest of the albeit tiny museum while drinking some tea.
Here's the front cover of the menu. According to the front cover, they've been around since 1998. Why have I not known about this place till now???
We shared the Chinese Pu-erh tea, which is an after-fermented tea.
Here's how to get here: From Exit 6 of Anguk Station (Subway Line No. 3), walk about 40 meters to Insadong-daero (between Crown Bakery and GS 25 Convenience Store). Proceed about 400 meters, and turn right at the Golden Jewelry Store.
Beautiful Tea Museum
#193-1 Insadong Chonglo-gu