Finally, it was the end of March, spring had sprung and it was time to view cherry blossoms blooming while sipping on a delightful cup of tea in the courtyard of a traditional teahouse in Seoul. My partner and I planned a small trip to Seoul for the occasion. After extensive research, we found the perfect place at a library near Gwanghamun palace. Sounds like a pretty amazing, romantic afternoon, right?
The library we decided to go to is called Jeongdok, and it is well-known for its scenic views of the hills and cherry blossom trees below it. In all of the photos I saw, the view was breathtaking. I figured it would be a wonderful afternoon as long as the weather cooperated. And it did!
There are spots to sit and take in the stunning scenery. Plants, flowers, and the surrounding environment all exuded a sense of calm and tranquility. There is also a little pond with a windmill and a waterfall. However, there was one lonely koi swimming by itself in the pond. It made me feel horrible thinking about that little fish all alone in there. But, there was nothing I could do about it.
A sad realization
Unfortunately, the fish wasn’t the only one who was sad that day. We quickly realized we would not get the chance to see any cherry blossoms that day. After traveling all the way from Incheon, we had got the date wrong. Spring had not sprung. We were too early and the cherry blossoms weren’t blooming yet.
I had been super excited on the way there. It would have been my first time ever seeing cherry blossoms in person. Despite my disappointment, I wasn’t going to let anything darken our day. We decided that we would try finding cherry blossoms again in the coming weeks, traveling all over to new areas.
We heard from a friend that in Yeouido the flowers should finally bloom next week!
The next destination
Bucheon Hanok Village
After spending some time at the library and admiring the beauty of nature, we wanted to have some afternoon and relax. We also went to Bukchon Hanok Village on the way. Even though it was only a brief look, it was intriguing to see how Seoul was before modernization. Places like these have something mystical about them!
Walking through the narrow streets and doing a small photo shoot was so calming.
After our short detour, we finally made it to the most traditional teahouse we had ever laid our eyes on!
The teahouse is called Cha-teul (차 마시는) which just means drinking tea in English. I guarantee that if you get the chance to go, you will fall in love with the place! Like the small village area, this tea house was also built using traditional Korean architecture. The interior design was one-of-a-kind and eye-catching. It was warm and inviting, with a stunning mountain view. The inside is mesmerizing and is definitely worth a visit!
Tea Instead of Cherry Blossoms
Their menu mainly focuses on a variety of teas based on traditional Korean medicine. Their menu focuses mostly on teas that aim to provide excellent health, physical and mental to their customers. There were several options to choose from. I decided on Omija tea.
Omija tea is a Korean traditional drink made from dried magnolia berries. Sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and umami are all present in the berry, making it the perfect balance of flavors. The tea’s benefits are rather remarkable. The berry in the tea aids in the cleansing of the kidneys and the detoxification of free radicals in the body. It also improves the function of the eyes and brain.
However, we not only got the chance to sample some amazing teas, but we also got to eat some yummy rice cakes. The teahouse offers all kinds of delectable traditional treats for you to try.
Cha-teul (마시는차뜰) Address: 26 Bukchon-ro 11na-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul Korean Address: 서울 종로구 북촌로11나길 26 Operating Hours: 12:00 PM - 09:00 PM Monday: Closed
Although it wasn’t the day of cherry blossom viewing we imagined, it became a cherished memory. Sometimes things don’t go the way we’ve planned, but we always have the opportunity to make the best out of any situation. Even when there are no flowers blooming in our life, we can always sit and enjoy a cup of tea.