A Charming Tea House in Traditional Seoul


While I am currently travelling through Malaysia (I can’t believe I’ve already been on the road for half a month!) this is a sneak peak at a little cafe I found in Seoul during my last few days in Korea.

Sometimes you just come across a handful of new places you could see yourself frequenting right before you are scheduled to leave town, and that was the case with this cute little cafe.

The first thing I liked about this place? Its name:

Moon Bird Does Think of Only the Moon

Now isn’t that poetic? Or perhaps something got lost in translation, but I like to think it’s the former.


I previously wrote about a traditional tea house in Seoul (Shin Old Tea House) that I really enjoyed visiting. While that particular tea house was what you would expect from a traditional establishment – low tables, floor seating, and dim lighting – Moon Bird Does Think of Only the Moon surprised me its twist on the tea house experience.


While we were still in a hanok, a traditional Korean building, the inside was quirky and you couldn’t help admiring all the little details that make up this place: gardening tools, newspaper clippings, faded old photographs, oil lamps, drawings, and the names of previous customers written all over the walls.


We couldn’t figure out exactly what flavour of tea we were drinking, but the aromas were of winter spice, and the little rice cakes were the perfect accompaniment.


If you’re looking for a new place to frequent in Seoul, or even if you are looking for a place to visit during your trip there, I highly recommend Moon Bird Does Think of Only the Moon!


Here is a little video we made of our outing:


Have you ever come across a place you like just as you’re leaving town?

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  1. I wish we knew about this place when we were in Seoul. This tea house looks exactly like the kind of place I’d love to stop by, a bit unusual and not boring from what I can see from your photos. Shame we missed it! 🙁

    1. says: Audrey

      That’s too bad you missed it! Insadong is the perfect place when you’re looking for cute cafes and tea houses. 🙂

  2. says: Ceri

    Ooh, it looks gorgeous. <3 I can't wait to explore all the tea houses in Korea. 😀

    "Sometimes you just come across a handful of new places you could see yourself frequenting right before you are scheduled to leave town" – You've essentially just summed up my life right now btw.

    1. says: Audrey

      They seem to be quite popular in this side of the world. I’ve never heard of tea houses back in Canada…unless you’re going out for a fancy high afternoon tea. 😉

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