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Tea Stories From The East To The West
A Hymn To Korean Tea
I drank a cup of tea and watched the flowing and stillness.
Quietly and naturally I seemed to forget the return of time.
The Korean monk Cho-ui wrote this in 1837 in one of his set of poems called The Hymns To Korean Tea. This and his Tea Spirit Message created seven years earlier encouraged a tea revival in Korea, a country where the first historical records documenting the use of tea date date back many centuries to 661 AD.
Since that time, Korea has created tea from different sorts of materials including fruits, leaves, grains, and roots – the latter of which I encountered in the guise of ginseng tea when I lived in the country for several years during the 1990s.
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