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Hidden charms of Korea's humble tea bowl

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By Choe Chong-dae

Ever since one of my colleagues presented me with tea and a tea bowl, the aroma of the delicious traditional beverage has been pervading my house, and a vision of a bright future comes to mind whenever I savor the unique flavor of the tea.

It is assumed that tea arrived in Korea from the Yangtze River regions in China during the end of the Bronze Age. The ancient Korean natural environment induced a genetic change within the tea plants and thus created a variation that differed from southern China tea. Soon afterward, Koreans began to cultivate their own tea. With the introduction of Buddhism into Korea during the ancient Three Kingdoms period, tea ceremonies and culture became increasingly popular in the ancient Baekje, Shilla and Goguryeo, as well as Kaya kingdoms.

Subsequently, the cultivation of tea........

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