​​Soyang Hanok Tirol Cafe

Hanok are traditional Korean houses that were first designed and built in the 14th century, during the Joseon Dynasty.

Soyang Hanok Tirol Cafe is a cafe housed in a hanok in North Jeolla Province – here, you can spend your afternoon appreciating the majestic architecture whilst sipping on a good cup of coffee. 

Vast premises includes an outdoor pool

Soyang Hanok Tirol - cafe exterior
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Soyang Hanok Tirol Cafe is made up of three huge hanok houses, with a cafe as the main space and two other buildings used as family homes.

Soyang Hanok Tirol - paddle boat
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The main highlight of the cafe is the outdoor pool, where you can paddle around in a small wooden boat. It’s a popular photo spot, and we’re sure at least one person has tried to live out their historical K-drama dreams here.

Soyang Hanok Tirol - outdoor seats
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We recommend sitting outdoors to take in the unique architecture of the hanok and get a good view of the pool’s clear emerald waters.

Soyang Hanok Tirol - hanok cafe
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Rustic & authentic interior

Soyang Hanok Tirol - authentic hanok cafe
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Unlike the modern-style hanok cafes that have mushroomed in recent years, the interior of Soyang Hanok Tirol Cafe is still faithful to the original look of a traditional Korean house, with its latticework windows and doors kept intact. 

For an authentic traditional Korean experience, sit on the floor or on some cushions.

Soyang Hanok Tirol - cafe interior
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If sitting on the floor is not for you, take a seat at the main area of the cafe, where there are proper chairs and tables. 

Upon walking into the area, you’ll be greeted by two huge soft toys, which is also a popular photo spot among visitors.

Soyang Hanok Tirol - cafe interior
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Soyang Hanok Tirol - hanok cafe
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Visiting the cafe will make you feel as if you’ve time travelled back to the Joseon Dynasty as the cafe is decorated with many period-appropriate details, such as traditional pottery and wooden drawers. 

Known for their croissants & desserts

Soyang Hanok Tirol - croissantsImage credit: @mi.yeon_s2

Soyang Hanok Tirol Cafe is known for their freshly roasted coffee, so you should try out their Iced Americano (KRW5,000, ~USD3.97) or their Iced Vanilla Latte (KRW6,500, ~USD5.16) if you’re a coffeeholic.

Soyang Hanok Tirol - croissants
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They are also famous for their wide variety of baked goods, especially their flaky croissants (KRW3,000, ~USD2.38)

Getting to Soyang Hanok Tirol Cafe

Soyang Hanok Tirol - hanok cafe
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If you are in the North Jeolla Province, head down to Soyang Hanok Tirol Cafe for a culturally enlightening experience. 

How to get here: 

  • From Jeonju Station bus stop, take bus 1-3, 1-4, 1-6, 1-7, 2-1, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, or 6-4
  • After 7 stops, alight at Hwasim bus stop.
  • Soyang Hanok Tirol cafe will be a 9 minute walk from the bus stop.

Naver Maps will be your best guide as Google Maps does not work as well in South Korea.

Address: 572-8 Hwasim-ri, Soyang-myeon, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8.30pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 063-242-1720 | Instagram

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Cover image adapted from: @_liliyoon_, @​​_pctz.i, @lily_julee

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