Hanok Coffee Shops in Seoul: The Moonbird Only Thinks of the Moon
Dalsaeneun Dalman Saenggakhanda (meaning "the moonbird only thinks of the moon") is a traditional teahouse in Insa-dong. Some people call the tea house by the name Dalsae (meaning "moonbird") for short. Opened in 1996, this establishment does not stand out as it is located in a small alley near the busy Ssamzie-gil. Nonetheless, it is popular among people who are attracted to the charms of traditional tea houses. Through word of mouth, the teahouse has also drawn a lot of international visitors. The interior is decorated with various masks, straw shoes, and paintings to enhance its traditional Korean style. It is fun to find messages or drawings on napkins left by visitors from all over the world.
The tea house offers teas made of a variety of homemade fermented ingredients. Order tea and you will be served with a Thermos flask so you can steep it yourself. The tea is also served with assorted Korean snacks. When the days get chilly, the tea house offers up some nutritious jujube tea. In the scorching summer months, they serve sour omija tea over ice or refreshing sujeonggwa tea.
Address: 14-3, Insadong 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Operating Hours: 10:00–23:00 (Closed on Seollal and Chuseok holidays)
Directions: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Walk straight from the exit and turn left onto Insadong-gil.
Turn left onto Insadong 12-gil (before Ssamziegil).
Inquiries: +82-2-720-6229 (Korean)
1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Korea Tourism Organization