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Tea culture of Korea

Tea culture Korea has a long history. In “Historical notes of the Three kingdoms” (“Samguk Saga”), written by order of the king in 1145 year in the era of the Koryo dynasty (918-1392 G. G.) a record that the tea culture in Korea was widely spread even during the reign of Queen Sondok (632-647.), the 27th ruler of the Kingdom, the Power, the envoy of Kim Dae-REM by order of the king was brought from Tang China tea seeds, which the king ordered to put on the warm southern slope of mount jirisan. Today grow wild teas.

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To “Samguk Saga” existed more ancient records, but they were all destroyed by fire during the numerous invasions of the Korean territory. Although these historical records are not preserved, we believe that tea culture of Korea began long before the time of writing “Samguk Saga”.

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There is information about that in the 1st century of our er Indian Princess from the Kingdom of Aedia with their relatives lived for some time in Sichuan province (China), and then the ship sailed into the Korean Kingdom of Kaya and brought tea (48g.) Princess became the wife of the founder of Kai Kim Suro and was named Queen Ho Hwang-OK.

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Tea culture of Korea, which was introduced in the Royal Palace, soon became widespread among the common people. Historical documents report that in the days of harvest festivals, New year, people brewed tea and gave it to their ancestors during funeral ceremonies. This ceremony is called “Chara”, which means “tea ritual”. The tradition continues to this day.

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The tea culture in Korea had taken root and developed in the country prior to the period of the Joseon dynasty, when dark times in the colonial rule of Japan (1910-1945 years) and during this period there was some decline tea culture. But by Buddhist monks, tea culture was preserved in monasteries, hidden away in the mountains.

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In our time the revival of the tea culture became possible thanks to the hard work of a monk of Hadana (Chae Bong Sul), which for decades cultivated tea trees and produced tea.

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Thanks monk Hadano and his disciples, many Koreans in our day continue to practice the tea ceremony in order to purify the mind and soul, acquiring peace of mind.

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Korean tea is different from Chinese and Japanese varieties of tea for its unique taste, color and aroma. Today traditional tea ceremony “Chado”, which is performed accompanied by traditional Korean music, has become a new genre of art.

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Tea is known as a noble plant. It is not just a drink, thirst-quenching, since it has many substances that are beneficial to physical and mental health.

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Our main goal is the preservation of the traditions of the tea ceremony and creating a world in which all people will live happily and amicably, with a true soul and a kind heart.

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Materials provided by the Center of Korean tea culture “Pangaro Chado” through the Center of Korean culture in Moscow.