It was always pity that not many people know about Korean tea culture.
It is true that Korean tea culture is not as famous or diverse as Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese tea culture. Because of historical issues(different interpretation of Confucianism, political reasons, Korean wars, and etc) Korean tea culture faded away from Korea. However, even though teas from the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, became less enjoyable from Koreans, many herbal teas were developed instead. I am not an expert about teas, but in my opinion, those reasons built up unique Korean tea culture.
As many lovely Korean teawares posted on this board, individual serving sets or travel sets became famous, because they are more available to enjoy both teas and herbal teas. And for traditional tea sets, I see that cups for Korean tea sets are a lot bigger than other Asian countries.
It was interesting that "Chip" said
Chip wrote:This set is great for many types of tea, but I tend to brew mostly Korean greens (pictured) and Japanese greens.
That's totally what I am doing for my teas. It will be still good to brew Chinese or Taiwanese teas with Korean tea sets, but I am using Korean tea sets only for Korean and Japanese teas. I heard Chinese and Taiwanese tea cultures are more about the fragrant, Korean and Japanese tea cultures tend to focus on their tastes and appearances. These preferences of teas are really shown on their tea wares, so I prefer using Korean tea wares for Korean and Japanese teas.
Here's one of my collections from last trip to Korea. The artist used the inlaid technique, called "Sang Gam".
I have tons of things that I want to show and discuss, but maybe next time.
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