Wooden tables in a traditional wooden tea house

Visiting a Healthy Korean Traditional Teahouse Songdawon

Address: 6-10, Seongnae-ro 136beon-gil, Goseong-eup, Goseong-gun

Find out what you can get in a Korean traditional teahouse! There are usually various healthy concoctions, and the atmosphere is often meditative.

This is the entrance to the Songdawon teahouse in Goseong.

A wooden door at the entrance to a Korean traditional teahouse

Various pottery, utensils, and handmade items are inside.

A small, handmade furnace inside a Korean traditional teahouse Songdawon

Here is the menu. We can see that aside from special health mixes, there are also a few food items on the menu, such as noodles in a red bean sauce, as well as typical teas, juice, and coffee.

I tried a cup of ssanghwa-tang, a popular medical tea in Korea. According to Songdawon’s menu, which specifies in red letters what each tea’s health benefits are, ssanghwa-tang boosts the immune system and increases blood circulation.

I was warned that the taste might not be very pleasant. While the taste is unusual, I found it to be quite palatable. Floating in the tea are slices of jujube, pine nuts, and sesame seeds.

A cup of traditional healthy tea on a table with accompanying tableware

Here are a few other menu items and their listed health benefits:

  • Jujube Tea: Prevention of anemia and insomnia, anti-inflammatory
  • Ginger Tea: Prevention of colds, improves resistance against cold hands and feet
  • Ginger Extract Tea: Prevention of colds, cold hands and feet, stomach disease, improved blood circulation
  • Omija Tea: Improved liver and brain function, prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Beet Tea: Prevention of colds and anemia
  • Baeg Hyang Passion Fruit Tea: Boosted immune system, skin care, prevention of vascular disease

Traditional Tea:

  • Ujeon: a type of green tea
  • Sejak: another type of green tea
  • Yellow Tea: a lightly oxidized tea different than Chinese yellow tea

They had a combo deal of steamed buns with red bean sauce and an Americano for ₩7,000.

A sign for a steamed bun coffee combo

The inside of the Korean traditional teahouse Songdawon is made to be like a hanok, a traditional Korean house. I still come across old hanoks once in a while in villages in Goseong.

Wooden tables for floor seating in a Korean teahouse similar to a hanok

A bunch of trinkets and handmade items, mostly related to tea and kitchen utensils, are for sale too.

Trinkets for sale in a traditional Korean teahouse

Exploring tea in Asian cultures can feel like a whole other world. So this post is just a glimpse at some common teas and what the general idea is.

A gourd and iron cookware on a wooden shelf in a teahouse

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