On a hot and steamy Saturday in July, we made our way to Sangheo Lee Taejun’s House in Seongbuk-dong. Hidden behind a wooden gate on a modern sidewalk, this hanok style home is a little piece of old-Seoul once belonging to Korean author, Sangheo Lee Taejun. He called it Suyeonsanbang, which I read means “small cottage in the woods where writers gather.” Now serving as a tea house, Suyeonsanbang is tucked away in a lovely garden, and is a quiet and shady respite from the busyness of the city.
Slipping through a sliding door, we were seated in a private room overlooking the outside, and were given paper fans and cool tea in thick mugs. Seated on the floor, we indulged in delicious pink persimmon tea and patbingsu topped with red beans and creamy pumpkin. It was all delicious. And while I loved the whole experience, I was mesmerized by the colorfully wound spools of twine on the window sill.