Did you know that Suyeon Sanbang is a hanok tea house where you can enjoy and relax in solitude? A very peaceful and unique place to visit in Seoul.
While doing my GSM special theme mission I found this traditional Korean tea house with a very relaxing atmosphere. Located in the quiet neighborhood of Seongbuk-dong in the district of Seongbuk in Seoul.
Suyeon Sanbang: A Hanok Tea House
Suyeon Sanbang (수연산방) Tea house offers not just good quality of teas but also offers a wonderful and peaceful atmosphere where you can enjoy and relax in solitude.
This traditional house was the former house of poet and writer Sangheo Lee Tae-jun. He lived in this house for 13 years (from 1933 to 1946) where he wrote many of his literary works such as “Moonlight Night”, “Stone Bridge”, “Garden of Cosmos”, “Hwang Jini” and “Price Hodong”.
The structure of this hanok (Korean traditional house) was 工 shape. The house has daecheong, a wooded floor located in the center of the house. Usually, families gather here during special occasions like weddings and also serve as a dining room.
This traditional might be old and small but it’s very significant. The house was crafted very unique and surrounded by a beautiful garden. They also served fresh-cooked and delicious rice cakes, traditional teas, and bingsu.
I went here with my friends to experience a different kind of atmosphere. To be a little away from the busy life of us. We are not too familiar with traditional Korean teas but we managed to order. We ordered Omija tea, Gukhwa-cha or Chrysanthemum tea, and 단호박 빙수 (Danhobak Bingsu) which means Pumpkin Ice Flakes with syrup.
While having our teas and bingsu we also experienced listening to music played with gayageum (a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument). Honestly, even though we went here during peak hours the place is still peaceful. Guests managed to talk with lower voices to maintain the quietness of the place.
Teas and foods are a bit expensive but worth the visit. If you are coming in a group you can make a reservation before coming. If you wanted to take photos without photo bombers you can come before 12nn so you’ll be the first customer.
Another thing why we visited this place is because this was one of the filming locations of the Korea drama The World of the Married, aired in JTBC a few months ago.
I’ve also heard that this tea house is very famous to locals and tourists especially during summer because of the good taste of their teas and bingsu. So even though the food is a bit expensive it’s highly recommended to visit.