For those interested in learning about Korean tea and tea ceramics (and experiencing the non-commercial side of both in South Korea) take note that ceramic expert Arthur Park is leading a trip to South Korea in May. I have been in contact with Arthur about this trip for quite some time now, and Bob and I are both signed up to go. (In the spirit of full disclosure, we are both paying full-price for our places on the trip).
From the minute I heard about this trip I knew it sounded terrific, and for us it presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about an ancient country with a tea culture little known in the West. In fact, we changed the dates of our tea sourcing trip to Japan so that we could join this trip.
The tea tour will begin in Seoul with an introduction to Korean tea presented by Brother Anthony of Taize ( another of my internet buddies) and co-author of the book The Korean Way of Tea. Then it will travel to the International Mungyeong Tea Bowl Festival where you will see the work of international and local tea ware artists. Mungyeong has a thousand year history of producing tea ware. Three ceramic Human Cultural Treasures live in Mungyeong among many other excellent tea ware artists.
For the rest of the details, which are numberous, you must visit the website that Arthur has created for the trip. Please visit: http://teatourkorea.com for everything you need to know and to sign up.
A few openings are still up for grabs but Arthur has had a lot of interest in the last few weeks. Remember, there is still time to arrange flights to and from Seoul for spring travel and this is the perfect time to capture good deals on flights before prices go up.
You can see some nice pictures of Arthur’s website, and there are links to Brother Anthony as well. I suggest you make a cup of tea and plan to sit a spell with this site – there is a lot to read and absorb.
Those of you who follow my blog and our website know that we usually feature images of tea and teawares. Well, this time I don’t have any images as I have not been there yet ! If you are unfamiliar with Korean tea wares, please view one of my favorite tea blogs, http://mattchasblog.blogspot.com to get an idea of the beauty and gracrful nature of these distinctive ceramics.
See you in Korea !