TomVerlain wrote:This is a bit off topic, but thought this might be the best place to put it. I will be in Gasan-Dong Geumcheon-g, Seoul this week on business and wondered if there are any tea related things to do. I drink mostly puerh, but a nice piece of ceramics (teaware or antique) is always welcome, or even to just look at tea shops, museums, etc would be nice.
So, any Korean tips ?
The Insadong area is a good place to find tea and teaware. It is quite far from where you will be. You can take the train north across the river. The area is know as Jongno-gu. You will have to ask direction how to get there. Train will be fastest. Walking down Insadong street, there are several teaware shops. Coming from Anguk-dong station, there is a shop on the left side with a lot of teaware in it. This is Mr. Ha's shop who owns Dong Cheon Teas which is a well know garden in Hwagae where they grow the best tea. There is another shop, smaller, continuing on which handles better teaware and are knowledgeable about teas. Needsateacher gave my the name and address of a teashop not far from Insadong. You can walk easily. GU Myeong Cha
The street address is 79 Donhwamun-Ro, very close to exit 6 of Jongno-Sam(3)-Ga station. The phone number is 02-762-5634. They specialize in puerh.
Just walking around Insadong is a nice thing to do. Lovely shops and restaurants, galleries, etc. Walking north from Anguk station is perhaps one of Seoul's loveliest areas with traditional Korean houses. This is an upscale area with many surprises at each turn of the road. Seoul can be a very inspiring city to get to know. Lots of art and interesting people.