Experience of Royal refreshments at the Saenggwabang in Gyeongbokgung palace

After walking around on Gyeongbokgung palace grounds, we sat down and had some tea and refreshments in the Saenggwabang. The Chinese characters of Saenggwabang mean "fresh fruit room" and it is the building, where they made tea and small snacks for the Royal family.  

Experience of Royal refreshments at the Saenggwabang in Gyeongbokgung palace



After ordering our teas and refreshments and paying at the cash register, we were taken to a large and beautifully decorated room. Before entering, you need to take off your shoes and leave them on the stone stair steps. There are no chairs and tables. You can just sit cross legged on the sitting pillows.

Saenggwabang in Gyeongbokgung palace room decorations
Saenggwabang in Gyeongbokgung palace cabinets pillows
Saenggwabang in Gyeongbokgung palace wooden floor

We were served by a waitress wearing traditional clothing for kitchen servants like the one that Dae Jang Geum wore in the Korean TV series Jewel in the Palace.  
 Saenggwabang in Gyeongbokgung palace royal refreshments waitress traditional servant clothing

From the Royal tea range, we chose the Samgyulcha (ginseng and mandarin orange tea) with ginseng, mandarin orange peel, and jujube (5,000 won). It is a medicinal tea made from ginseng and mandarin orange peel and it is effective in boosting stamina and enhancing energy flows.

Saenggwabang in Gyeongbokgung palace royal tea mandarin ginseng samgyulcha
 
From the Fruit teas, we ordered 3 tea pots of Yujacha (yuzu tea) for 5,000 won each. It is a citrus fruit tea brewed in honey that helps to prevent flu and colds.


Saenggwabang in Gyeongbokgung palace yujacha yuzu tea

The Royal Confectionery platter has a variety of royal sweets and cookies, such as moyakgwa (square shaped, brown, fried dough pieces and colorful twists or bundles of strings covered with honey), junggwa (fruits and herb roots, such as lotus, glazed in honey or sugar), gangjeong (fried glutinous rice crackers with sesame seeds or stuffed with beans), and songpyeon (half moon shaped rice cakes often eaten during Chuseok). I was actually hoping for the round tteok with pretty dried flowers on top, but because I went around Chuseok, they were replaced by these pink, green, and brown songpyeon.  
 Saenggwabang in Gyeongbokgung palace royal confectionery platter
 Royal Confectionery platter 20,000 won



Saenggwabang in Gyeongbokgung palace 
Assorted teas: royal tea range and fruit teas 5,000 won
Traditional confectionary platter 10,000 won
Royal confectionery platter 20,000 won
Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00