[Gangnam] Visit Cafe in Gangnam – Chunhwadang Tea Room (춘화당)

If this is your first time visiting Seoul, you might want to go to Gangnam because of Psy’s song – “Oppa Gangnam Style”. I once brought my friend to Gangnam to introduce this area to him. We got really tired of walking and wanted to stop by a cafe to take a rest. However, I realised that I didn’t know any nice cafe in Gangnam! How can there be no nice cafe in Gangnam, right? Since then, I occasionally search for cafes in Gangnam on Instagram and save the post so that I can visit the cafe whenever I go to Gangnam.

FYI, I am a coffee person but I love milk tea too. Recently, I saw some photos about a tearoom in Gangnam area on Instagram and decided to give it a try.

Chunhwadang (춘화당)

Chunhwadang (춘화당) Tea Room in Gangnam

Chunhwadang (춘화당) Tea Room is hidden in the housing area behind Gangnam main street. It is nearer to Sinnonhyeon Station, and maybe just 15mins walk from Gangnam Station. This tea cafe has European-style interior with some antique and vintage decor. Suitable for friends or couples who want to chill and have a relaxing time after meal.

Chunhwadang Tearoom_Exterior

Chunhwadang Tearoom_Exterior

Chunhwadang tea room_interior

Chunhwadang Tearoom_Interior

You can find many types of tea (including classic tea, flavoured tea, herbal tea) and of course, coffee is available too. Check out the menu below.

I ordered milk tea and scone. I think the scone was pretty good and milk tea was not too sweet so I liked it too. I visited this cafe around 4pm on a weekday and it was quite empty. I managed to get a seat in front of this cute fireplace heater which makes me feel like I am having afternoon tea in Europe. ^^

If you are a tea person and looking for a tea cafe in Gangnam, do visit Chunhwadang Tea room!

Chunhwadang Tea Room (춘화당)

Address

62, GANGNAM-DAERO 110-GIL, YEOKSAM-DONG, SEOUL
(서울 강남구 강남대로 110길 62)

Opening Hours

15:00 – 12 Midnight (Mon-Wed)
13:00 – 22:00 (Fri-Sun)
Closed on Thurs

Getting Here

Gangnam Station Exit 11 / Sinnonhyeon Station Exit 4

You can check out my YouTube video about this cafe too.


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FREE Observation Deck to Enjoy Autumn Scenery in Seoul – Jeongdong Observatory

Do you like observatory?! I am a big fan of observation deck! Whenever I go travel to a city, I get excited about visiting any observation deck available in that city. I normally spend about 2 hours at the observation deck when I travel alone. Most of my friends don’t understand why I love visiting observatory because the tickets are normally not that cheap, and of course, how can I spend 2 hours looking at the same thing? 🙂

At some places, admission to the observatory is free, for example: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks, but usually, you need to buy an admission ticket to enter the observation deck.

In Seoul, there are a few observation decks that you may visit. Most of them charge a fee for admission, but there is one observatory that is FREE! YES, you read it correctly. It’s FREE. Check out the list of observatory in Seoul below:

    1. Namsan Seoul Tower (Admission Fee – KRW10,000. Get discounted ticket from Klook – N Seoul Tower Ticket Combos in Seoul)
    2. 63 Building Observatory (Admission Fee – KRW13,000 . Get discounted ticket from Klook – 63 Building Observatory Admission Ticket)
    3. Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Observatory (Admission Fee – KRW 27,000. Get discounted ticket from Klook – Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Observatory  )
  1. Jeongdong Observatory – FREE
Jeongdong observatory in seoul during autumn

Jeongdong Observatory in Seoul | Autumn 2018

So, yes, the admission to Jeongdong Observatory is totally FREE. Jeongdong Observatory is located on the 13th Floor of Seoul City Hall Seosomun Building and is overlooking  Deoksugung Palace. Although the observation deck is just on the 13th floor, you don’t really get a grand view of Seoul city but the view here is pretty amazing, especially during Autumn.

This year, I visited Jeongdong Observatory a little late and it seems like some leaves were falling down already, so my photos didn’t turn out as nice and colourful as my friend’s photos. Nonetheless, I managed to see this breathtaking Autumn scenery and very beautiful view of Deoksugung Palace & around Seoul City Hall area. The best time to visit Jeongdong Observatory is probably around the last week of October to first week of November, when the leaves have changed into red, orange or yellow (and before they fall off the trees).

deoksugung palace view from jeongdong observatory during autumndeoksugung palace view from jeongdong observatory during autumn

How many hours can I spend in Jeongdong Observatory? I wouldn’t mind coming here a few times, and spend 1 hour on each visit. Haha! What to do in Jeongdong Observatory other than looking at the view? There is a cafe called Cafe Darak at this observation deck. Grab a cup of hot coffee or tea, take a window seat, and enjoy the awesome autumn view of Seoul City Hall and Deoksugung Palace. The drinks are quite cheap in Cafe Darak. Check out their menu below.

Citron Tea @ KRW 2,500 at Cafe Darak

Citron Tea @ KRW 2,500 at Cafe Darak

Cafe Darak at Jeongdong Observatory

Cafe Darak at Jeongdong Observatory

Cafe Darak at Jeongdong Observatory

Cafe Darak / Menu

Jeongdong Observatory (정동전망대)

Address

15, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

Opening Hours

09:00-21:00 Weekdays
09:00-18:00 Weekends

Getting Here

City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 2

Check out my youtube video about Jeongdong Observatory! 🙂