With no offense intended to Korea, its tea industry or culture, let’s admit that it’s not one of the first countries that comes to mind when the subject of tea is mentioned. Though it stands in the shadows of tea-producing powerhouses like China, India and Japan, tea in Korea is worth taking a closer look at, nonetheless.
As noted in an article by tea expert Diana Rosen, tea is believed to have migrated to Korea from China in or around the sixth century. For more in-depth information about Korean tea, as mentioned in Rosen’s article, refer to this Web site from Brother Anthony (An Sonjae), co-author of The Korean Way of Tea: An Introductory Guide.
For even more information about Korean tea culture refer to The Book of Korean Tea, by Yang-Seok (Fred) Yoo. It’s published by the Myung Won Cultural Foundation and is described as “a pioneering and excellent cultural guide about Korea, Korean tea and Korean tea ceremonies. The history, culture, philosophy, tea and tea ceremony are marvelously woven together to capture the true spirit of the Korean tea culture.” Mr. Yoo is a contributing writer for The World of Tea, a top tea culture magazine in Korea.
Yoo is also a Senior Advisor to Korea’s Myung Won Cultural Foundation. This organization “strives to preserve, restores and promotes Korean traditional tea culture and ceremonies.” Myung Won was responsible for the restoration of the 2000-year-old Korean tea ceremony.
For some thoughts about Korean tea from a blogger who has written frequently on the topic, refer to MattCha’s Blog. Among the more noteworthy posts here on Korea and tea are Four Origin Stories of Tea in Korea and Making Green Tea the Traditional Korean Way. If 1,000-year-old Korean tea sounds like it’s right up your alley, check out this article from the Korean press.
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