Famous traditional tea house in Seoul: Mok hyang

by Chihon Kim
Stripes Korea

Mok hyang is a famous traditional tea house that is located just behind the Ssamzie-gil complex. A traditional two-story, tiled roof house, Mok Hyang is a good place to take a rest from shopping and sightseeing. You can choose from a wide selection of teas and traditional cookies and sweets.

The tea house was designed by its owner Kim Ji Seon, a friendly woman who said she wanted to create a place where people could relax and rejuvenate. The wooden tea tables and pottery lining the walls gives it an air of rustic elegance. It was very relaxing sipping on tea as I looked out the windows. And that’s just what the owner wants.

“As a child, I was naturally interested in tea materials because my mother was a herbalist,” said Kim, who started the business in 2009. “I have served many foreign customers with various tastes. Some traditional teas are too bitter for them to drink. So, I usually recommend Ginseng with honey tea or Chrysanthemum tea to them.” 

There were a few foreigners enjoying those drinks the day I visited. Everyone seemed to be enjoying their tea and conversations.

As for me, I chose Jujube Ginger Tea (7,500 won), hoping for the same taste of the tea my mother made me during the winter when I was a child. This tea is known to contain a lot of ingredients to help you sleep. (If you have trouble sleeping at night, try this one!)  All drinks are in the 7,000-8,000 won range, just like other tea house in the area. The tea house also hosts occasional cultural events.

Important info

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open year-round, except on Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)

Tel: +82-10-8992-9239

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