I sat, and slowed down. The herbal tea was slightly bitter, but I liked that — it was knocking life back into me, sip by sip, and the aftertaste was tempered by the tiny, crunchy seeds floating on top of the brew. I stared at the small inner garden, not really looking at anything, just feeling my soul become quiet. I liked it here. I really liked it here.
Tteuran is a cosy, rustic teahouse, tucked away in an Ikseon-dong alley. The teahouse serves traditional Korean tea and snacks, inside of a Korean hanok. I visited Tteuran when I was writing my travel photography guide in South Korea, and it was love at first sight.
I went back a few days later when I needed a place to rest and recharge. If I stayed in Seoul, I could easily see myself going back again and again. Its owner, Kim Aeran, makes you feel right at home. She remembered me from my first visit, and we enjoyed a short chat together.
How to get to Tteuran Teahouse
South Korea isn’t well represented on Google Maps, and my GPS-tagged images are all over the map. But this address is roughly where Tteuran is.
South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu, Ikseon-dong, 166–76 뜰안
Tteuran takes a little effort to find, this is how I got there. I took two routes. On my first visit, I walked to Tteuran after visiting the Bukchon Hanok Village.
- From Anguk Station Exit 4, walk down Samil-daero.
- Look for a corner pharmacy, this is where you take the left into a small alley.
- Walk straight, you will see an open-air carpark within five minutes. Tteuran is right in front of this carpark.
Walk into this alley when you see the corner pharmacy (it’s the one with the blue cross and bright orange signs).
On my second visit, I walked from Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station, which was closer.
- From Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station, take Exit 5 towards the Nakwon Music Arcade.
- Walk along Samil-daero, in the direction of Anguk Station. The Nakwon Music Arcade building should be on your left side.
- When you see the same corner pharmacy, take a right (if your back is facing Jongno 3 [sam]-ga Station) into the alley.
- Walk straight, you will see an open-air carpark within five minutes. Tteuran is right in front of this carpark, this is what it looks like from the outside.
This is what Tteuran looks like from the outside.
If I remember correctly, Tteuran is closed on Mondays. You can try dropping them a message on Facebook to check their opening hours.