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Traditional Teahouses in Jeonju Hanok Village: Dahwawon, Gyodong Dawon

These days, many cafés offer traditional Korean tea in their menu. Just enjoying a warm cup of tea is nice in cold and dry winter, but how about experiencing the Korean tea ceremony? I’ll introduce two traditional Korean teahouses that run Korean tea ceremony programmes for visitors.



Today’s first destination is Dahwawon. The short trees in the lovely courtyard and the hanok building harmonize to constitute a picturesque scenery.

On the menu are a range of flower teas, including plum flower tea and chrysanthemum tea. The flower teas are not only aromatic, but also visually satisfying. The flowers seem to bloom as the tea is brewed. I ordered the plum flower tea.

I was served with a tea ceremony kit. The flower tea had much more profound and rich flavor than any tea-bag based tea. I drank my tea slowly, also enjoying the view of the Hanok Village through the window.


Address: Choimyungheegil 13, Wansangu, Jeonju

Contact: 063-284-6472

Opening hours: 10:00~19:00 every day


Gyodong Dawon

My next destination was Gyodong Dawon. This teahouse has already been popular among tourists.

Gyodong Dawon seems as if an actual house has been renovated into a teahouse. On the corner of the cute courtyard are old jangdok (clay jar for containing soy sauce, hot chilli pepper paste, soybean paste and the like) and short trees.

The inside of the teahouse is quite wide. To preserve the traditional mood, all the tables are low wooden ones, so that the visitors sit on the floor. The best seats are next to the big window overlooking both back and front courtyards.

I ordered pu’er tea. If it’s the first time visit, the server kindly offers detailed explanation on the tea ceremony. I also ordered Korean wheat-based snacks for tea. They weren’t spicy, salty, or greasy, so it went very well with my tea.


Gyodong Dawon

Address: Eunhaengro 65-5, Wansangu, Jeonju


Opening hours: 11:00~22:30 every day


If you’re planning to stroll around Jeonju Hanok Village this winter, I recommend stopping by the teahouses here to replenish the warmth!

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  • I’m just surprised by the table without legs and one giant slab of wood – very contemporary, but set in a traditional Hanok house. Great juxtaposition of style!

  • Ever Enrique Castillo Osorio

    Always preserve the traditions is very important.

  • Garrett Hohn

    Traditional tea houses are very special to Korea, it is definitely something that a lot of foreigners haven’t experienced in their own countries. It’s wonderful to find these traditional places still in Hanok houses.