If you only go to Seoul once then this has to be on your list of things to do!
This is one of my favorite things to do when I visit.
Insadong is a very famous street in Seoul, it is very touristy and has souvenir shops and art galleries everywhere! But it also has many tea shops hidden up stairs or down alleyways. Last weekend, myself and Jason had to go to Seoul for my American visa interview. We both knew that it would be our last time in Seoul so we decided to revisit Insadong while there. I have always loved this area, the buzz of the streets and the diversity of the people that shop there.
Luckily, the hotel that we were staying in was right next to Insadong which was perfect for us. After wandering the streets for a while we decided it was time for tea.
Jason chose a fermented tea (which we had tasted and loved during our temple stay) and I chose a regular green tea.
When the tea came out, it came out with a traditional tea set each. The lady set it down and walked away. We had both watched tea being made using these tea sets before but there was an extra bowl this time around which confused us. I ended up having to google it and found out that the extra bowl was a waste bowl (you pour hot water in to the pot and other bowls first to warm them up and then pour that water in to the big bowl.
It was the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Seoul.
Where we went: We chose Jidaebang tea house which is on the main Insadong road. You can find the trip advisor reviews here.