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One thing I love about living in Korea is all of the amazing coffee shops you can find here. I’ve visited quite a few already – I’m a big coffee drinker – and one of the most unique ones I’ve come across is right here in Cheonan! It is a little off-the-beaten-path, but it’s well worth the visit. Pungse Coffee is a coffee shop located in a hanok, a traditional type of Korean dwelling.

Now, when I say off-the-beaten-path, I mean that you’re likely going to need a car to get there. It’s in quite a rural part of Cheonan with picturesque rice fields and mountains all around it, but I think that just adds to how wonderful the experience is. The road leading to the coffee shop is only one car wide, so be ready to potentially have to reverse if another car is oncoming!

Before I even headed inside, I was captivated by just how beautiful the hanok is. If I could envision my dream house, I’d love something in this style. When I ordered, I chatted with one of the baristas as he was making my coffee, and he told me the hanok is 150 years old. You really feel like you’re stepping into a piece of history.

My visit was on a warm Sunday morning, so I opted for a simple iced Americano to cool down with. The prices are a little higher than what I would expect from other coffee shops (my iced Americano was ₩7000), but I do think that for the ambience you get here that it’s worth the price. You’ll find both indoor and outdoor seating – I opted to sit outside and soak up the stunning views, but inside is just as beautiful. I loved the exposed beams of the hanok’s ceiling, and the chandelier hanging from them really added an extra level of charm.

This cafe is also the kind of place that really considers the little details in design. The water dispenser was set on a cabinet piled high with pretty dishware, and the tables inside were decorated lovingly with rustic charm. I couldn’t stop myself from taking pictures!

It’s worth noting that the menu here is in Korean only, so you may need to use Google Translate to work out what you want to order. There are your standard coffee options of Americanos, Cafe Lattes, and Cappuccinos, alongside various teas and some bakery items. The carrot cake they had available looked delicious – I’ll remember to save space for it next time!

Map details for Pungse Coffee can be found below, and for those of you who may be wondering, on-site parking is available. I hope if you visit you’ll enjoy the atmosphere as much as I did – I’ll definitely be returning sometime soon!

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