The herbal tea was bitter, but it knocked life back into my tired bones, sip by sip. I stared at the small garden, not looking at anything, just letting myself still. I really liked it here.

Tteuran is a rustic teahouse, tucked away in an Ikseon-dong alley. It serves traditional Korean tea and snacks, inside of a Korean hanok. I visited when writing my travel photography guide in South Korea. Its owner, Kim Aeran, makes you feel right at home.

I learned about Tteuran from Robert Koehler’s article on Ikseon-dong, it was his gorgeous photographs that tempted me to visit. I’m glad I did.

How to get to Tteuran

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 there after visiting the Bukchon Hanok Village.

  1. From Anguk Station Exit 4, walk down Samil-daero.
  2. Look for a corner pharmacy, this is where you take the left into a small alley.
  3. 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.

  1. From Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station, take Exit 5 towards the Nakwon Music Arcade.
  2. Walk along Samil-daero, in the direction of Anguk Station. The Nakwon Music Arcade building should be on your left side.
  3. When you see the same corner pharmacy, take a right (if your back is facing Jongno 3 [sam]-ga Station) into the alley.
  4. 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.

I think Tteuran is closed on Mondays. You can try dropping them a message on Facebook to check opening hours.