Welcome to the 237th (07/16/2015) week of Travel Photo Thursday. As the rain beat down and the wind whipped our umbrellas into a frenzy I was glad to be heading to Korea’s Tea World Festival in Seoul last weekend. Seoul’s prime exhibition center, Coex, is easily accessible by subway, so we didn’t worry about getting wet as we ventured from the train station to the subway platform. I’ve been to quite a view events at Coex, over the years, and normally things at the venue are beyond frantic with throngs of people coming and going. Last Saturday was different. There were many people weaving in and out, but it was not nearly the busyness that I remember at past events. MERS was definitely the culprit. The virus has stopped many people from venturing into crowded spaces, unless absolutely necessary. The show area was busy, but not too packed. Not only did MERS keep the public at bay, but vendors as well. I had expected to sample tea from all over SEA, China, and Japan, but (happily) settled for Korean only tea. Enjoy the photos. I can’t think of a better way to spend a dreary afternoon than sipping tea from pretty cups!
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If you knew which vendor you wanted to visit, you could find them here.
All of the vendors were busy pouring into dainty tea cups. English among many of the vendors was minimal, so we weren’t always quite sure what kind of tea we were drinking.
Tea leaves are packaged in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Keeping the tea piping hot for the next customer. Most booths had several different teas available for sampling.
Korea is famous for its celedon pottery, and quite often these pieces are used for tea making or drinking. I could have bought one of each!
This iced lemon tea made from dried lemons was delicious and refreshing.
The soothing tea pouring ritual.
Tea pots and tea making paraphernalia come in many different shapes and sizes.
This tea warmer was screaming my name. It didn’t leave with me, but who knows. I might just track it down once I’m settled into my new digs 🙂
We really wanted to sample these colored teas. Aren’t they pretty? For some reason no samples were available when we went by.
Koreans ferment just about everything, so why not tea? I think it’s an acquired taste.
I think this would look nice in my new apartment, too! 🙂
There were a variety of teas made from flowers on offer. The language barrier made it a little difficult to understand what was what. One of these was definitely chrysanthemum, which is one of my favorites. However, I can buy a large bag in Thailand for a couple of dollars. Here in Korea a small package can set a person back between $20 and $30! Ouch!!
These two ladies were lovely. They tried so hard to communicate with us with their gestures, and they succeeded. The box she is holding “Good Tea Full Selection” contains 14 numbered samples. Each sample is a different kind of tea, each with it own medicinal properties. How do I know that? Well, these resourceful entrepreneurs had a book printed in English, containing descriptions of each of the 14 teas! Of course, I bought a box, and I can’t wait to try each one. This is one of my first tasty projects after moving into new apartment. Stay tuned!
And we have more gorgeous pottery…
I love these tea cups. Since living in Korea, I only drink my tea from a traditional cup. I think it tastes better! (haha)
Hanging out with the tea bags at the Tea World Festival.
It wasn’t all about tea. There were quite a few vendors selling loving clothing pieces made from traditionally woven cloth (like remie and hemp). I thing these traditional hanbok are so lovely. The material, colors, and patterns are very Korean.
If you like tea, I highly recommend a visit to a tea festival. You’ll get to sample and enjoy a variety of unique teas, and may walk away with a new favorite. Of course there’s also the beautiful tea cups and other tea paraphernalia to ogle (and if you’re like me, to lust after)!
There is always something going on at Coex, so if you’re visiting Seoul check out their exhibition schedule. The public is always welcome, and the price of admission is usually only a few dollars. To reach Coex hop on subway line 2 (green line), and get off at Samseong Station. Exit 6 takes you directly to the Coex mall. Follow the signs and you’ll soon find yourself in the exhibition area.
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