If you can believe it, hiding away in Jangseong county is one of Korea’s most unique landmarks. Read on for more about Enrogel Teapot Cafe and how you can visit too.
So, one of my favorite places to read for interesting places to see in Korea is Seoul State of Mind. He often mentions or posts about more off the beaten path places in Korea. Since his old home base (Gwangju) isn’t too far from mine, I know I can check out the areas he mentions around the Jeolla provinces without too much hassle.
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One of the places he mentioned once is this incredible teapot cafe. As a lifelong fan of tea and a big supporter of people in Korea doing something out of the box, I obviously started to do some research to figure out how to visit myself.
Enrogel Teapot Cafe
It really is in the middle of nowhere, and in terms of its presence online, it’s almost nonexistent. There’s off the beaten path, and then there’s this. Even after looking up how to get there on Naver and Maggie consulting a Korean friend, it still looked like a pretty tricky trek. We wound up going to Gwangju and taking a pretty pricey taxi (about $40 each way) out to it.
Enrogel Teapot Cafe itself is a work of art. Everything, from the shape of the cafe to the design of the stairs, was all clearly conceived by an artist.
In this case, the artist is Lee Dong Hee. 10 Magazine did a piece on him, and it explains that he’s been interested in steel sculpting since his university days. Enrogel is his life’s work. It’s in the middle of nowhere because he wanted to make it so big.
As soon as we got out of the taxi we saw a bunch of sculptures scattered across the grass. The exterior of the teapot is a turquoise tile, not quite finished because of the sheer size. The inside is two floors, with the second floor more like a balcony over the first. Even all the interior designs are quirky.
I have to say, while I don’t think much is worth $80 in taxi fees, this cafe is amazing. If you have a car, it’s a no brainer– get ye to this unique Korean cafe as soon as you can. If you don’t and you want to use the bus system for two hours from Gwangju or take a taxi, I recommend going in the spring or fall when the trees are either in bloom or filled with colors. This way you get pretty views as well.
How to Get to the Teapot Cafe
- Go to the Gwangju Bus Terminal. Get a taxi and show him this address: 전라남도 장성군 북하면 단풍로 1122 (대악리 415)
- If you have two hours from Gwangju to spend, go to Naver Maps, and click the arrow button the right side (길찾기). In the top bar type in 광주종합버스터미널 and in the bottom 에느로겔. It will give you local bus directions in Korean.
For More Unique Spots in Korea
Have you been anywhere as unique as this teapot cafe?