Is it a coincidence that Innisfree Jeju house is right next to O’sulloc Tea Museum? Definitely not!
For those who are familiar with the brand, you may know that green tea (be it green tea seed or green tea itself) is one of their core ingredients. It is little wonder then, that you also find one of the most famous green tea plantations from O’sulloc right next to its Jeju House.
Innisfree Jeju House was built to preserve the natural environment of the area. Visitors can feel as if they have become part of nature while they enjoy Innisfree’s cosmetics made with quality ingredients harvested from Jeju, as well as organic food made with fresh local ingredients.
O’sulloc Tea Museum was established by Amore Pacific, Corp. (parent company of Innisfree) to both harvest their own tea leaves and provide tea and respite for visitors.
What you definitely won’t miss out there (and really shouldn’t) is the whole stretch of green tea plantation right behind! This is where Amore Pacific grows their signature green tea. Just imagine all the beautiful, pure green tea leaves going into your cup of tea and skincare products: it’s one of the best ways to market your products for sure!
You will see many tourists (local and international alike) posing among the fields and taking proof shots of having been in one of the most iconic places in Jeju. My only concern is that a lot of people have probably touched all these tea leaves… not very hygienic, I guess. LOL.
I personally found it quite interesting that green tea is so big in Korea. I never did think that Koreans were actually big on drinking tea (I only know that a lot of them are heavy coffee drinkers). Most of us may think that green tea is just a ‘Japan thing’, so I guess it’s true that travelling helps to broaden your horizons and dispel a lot of generalizations and misconceptions you have.
After taking lots of photographs, we headed back to the Innisfree Jeju House. You can definitely buy your favourite Innisfree products here, although you will only find the skincare, body care, and hair care range here.
Besides that, the Jeju House also focuses a lot on sustainability, environmentally-friendly, and natural practices. Here, you can even get to make your own natural soaps!
Now, back to the O’sulloc Tea Museum. In here, you can learn more about tea, tea cups, and truly immerse yourself in the art of tea-making. It features an indoor garden, Tea Cup Gallery, and Tea Stone, which provides a fascinating look into Korea’s tea culture.
You can, of course, purchase O’sulloc’s tea. I think that tea generally makes for a very thoughtful and delightful souvenir, but O’sulloc’s tea is really on another level. You can take a whiff of the tea leaves or powder before buying, and I have to tell you that that is probably one of the most therapeutic experiences I had. Sadly, premium tea comes with a premium price tag as well, and we didn’t manage to buy any in the end because everything was really quite pricey.
We obviously still wanted to have a taste of tea here (how could we say we didn’t have any here, right?), so we headed to the Tea House and see what we could have there. It was very, very crowded – we went during the summer vacation, which was also when a lot of locals from other cities were having their holiday in Jeju. We barely managed to find a seat!
The food here is reminiscent of the one at Innisfree Green Café. The menu focuses heavily on green tea, while also serving Jeju specialties such as hallabong (Jeju tangerine).
We ordered a green tea roll cake, a Green Tea O Fredo, and a cup of green tea ice cream – basically everything green tea!
In addition, the Green Tea O Fredo (described as Popular OSULLOC green tea shake topped with pure green tea ice cream) costs 7,600 won. It’s definitely pricey, but probably still more affordable than a whole box of O’sulloc tea leaves :’)
You can see the full O’sulloc Tea House menu here if you are interested.
I’m probably not the biggest fan of matcha / green tea food, although I do drink green tea very often. All these green tea food served at the O’sulloc Tea Museum, however, is really very hard to resist. Forget all those yucky, watered-down matcha foods you’ve eaten before, because the ones they serve here are really so good.
You can definitely taste the comforting, mellow green tea flavours in here. Some places think that more is good, so they pack a whole punch of matcha taste in your food and you get too overwhelmed. This, however, is truly a fine balance. I don’t feel at all that they scrimped on the food ingredients (you know there are places doing that with expensive ingredients) either.
I think eating and drinking at the Tea House is definitely the highlight of our time here, and I’m really glad we didn’t decide to skip out on this. Frankly, the environment is not the best: the views were great, but because there were so many visitors, it felt a little too crowded and claustrophobic sometimes.
I highly recommend that you come here during off-peak season. I’m not sure if winter is good, but I prefer visiting Jeju in the warmer seasons, so perhaps late spring/early summer is a good time to make a trip to O’sulloc and Innisfree Jeju House.
Innisfree Jeju House:Summer 09:00 – 19:00, Winter 09:00-18:00
O’Sulloc Tea Museum: 09:00 – 18:00, open all year around
Innisfree Jeju House: 425, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
O’Sulloc Tea Museum: 15 Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do
Get off at O’sulloc Bus Stop.
Bus No. 150-1, 250-3, 771-1, 771-2, 784-1, 820-2
Depending on where you stay in Jeju, getting here can either be a breeze or a terrible headache. Some people resorted to taking a taxi, which is also a pretty affordable option, especially if you are travelling in a group.
We took a bus from the Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal – I can’t remember exactly how long it took us, but it surely wasn’t the shortest ride. Remember to set aside sufficient time for travelling, or your day’s itinerary will be delayed by quite a fair bit!