One of the must-visit spots on Jeju Island
If you think about Jeju Island the first things that come to your mind are wedding trips, tangerines and tea! So tea is one of the most typical things that represent Jejudo. That is why if you plan to go to Jeju for the first time, then Osulloc Tea Museum is a must-visit place for you! To be honest, I was really excited about going to the famous Osulloc Tea Museum and I liked it very much! Today I would like to share with you my experience.
AmorePacific – opened Osulloc Tea Museum nearby the Seokwang tea fields in Jeju in September 2001. It was the first tea museum in Korea aiming to introduce and widespread Korean tea history and its tradition. Putting together the East and the West, and tradition and today, Tea Museum has grown to become a tea museum of the 21st century. The museum features a variety of spaces including indoor garden, Tea Cup Gallery, and Tea Stone opened in 2013.
Osulloc Tea museum was chosen as one of top 10 museums in the world by designboom, the world’s most popular online magazine for architecture, art, and design for the beautiful scenery in and outside the Museum. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jeju visited by 1.5 million people annually.
You can enter the museum for free. But if you want to participate in some kind of events or have a guided tour around the museum, then you should pay for such programs. Below I have pictures of how the building looked like. By the way, I came here by bus, so transportation to get to the museum is not a problem.
Second floor view
After entering the building, we went up to the second floor by an elevator. Here, on the observation deck, you can have an amazing view of the whole territory and tea plantations. Out of the window, everything looks so green and fresh! Also from this top view, you can realize how huge is the area of tea fields!
Do not forget to take a memory photo! You could find different photo frames here and make cute pictures for your Instagram.
Next, we went back down on the first floor, where we found a cafe. Before entering the cafe itself, we went through a beautiful museum hall. A few showcases demonstrated traditional tea sets of different countries all over the world. And on the shelves, we found a variety of tea products made by the company Osulloc. Actually, I did not know that there are so many kinds of this tea brand.
This coffeeshop is unique because you can try here the products made only on Jeju and made especially from Jeju tea. I and my friends had a Green Tea cheesecake, chocolate cake, Green Tea milkshake and hot green tea.
At this point, we really realized how popular this place is! We did not expect such long queues and dozens of people. It took some time to find tables to sit also. And as you can predict, it was not very comfortable to have a drink and talk with friends in such a crowded place. Thus, take these disadvantages into consideration.
In addition, you could also buy Osulloc tea boxes here. It would be a great present from Jeju Island for your friends and family. However, the prices also could be a little bit challenging.
After resting in the cafe for a while, we went outside to see the museum area. There are some many photozones and the whole scenery is so lovely! Also the air and the atmosphere is like walking in the forest.
Innisfree Jeju House
Later we head towards our next destination – Innisfree Jeju House.
Innisfree is one of the most popular and developed cosmetic stores in Korea, the main characteristic of which is nature. Innisfree aims to use all-natural ingredients in their products and eco-friendly packaging as well. The brand itself and their ingredients come from Jeju island, such as Jeju green tea, honey, seaweed, tangerine peels and volcanic rock.
Personally, I like Innisfree brand, especially Green Tea series of cosmetics. That’s why it was very interesting for me to come to the main branch of it in Jeju.
Here you can observe specifics of every product, what ingredients it was made of and how it contributes to your skin. Moreover, the shop is pretty big and I noticed some products, which I have not seen before in other stores, in Seoul for example. So you can buy here something unique for the memory of Jeju trip.
Soap making experience
In addition, you can try to make your own cosmetics, if you want!
In my case, I have bought here a cute small bag for soap making experience. It costs 15,000 won and contains three complects of soap. After buying this bag, you can have a sit in the store and shop assistants will explain to you how to make soap. I highly recommend you try this. You can decorate soap in your own way and it could become a heartful present for your friends or relatives.
Probably you have seen a lot of photos of this spot on Instagram. It is a huge area of tea plantations, which are preserved in a neat and beautiful way.
Overall, it took more than 3 hours for us to walk around this territory, enter the museum, have a green tea cheesecake and most importantly, take fantastic photos.
Opening hours: Summer 09:00-18:00
Location: 1235-1 Seogwang-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
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