Village full of the tea aroma, Hyangnidawon

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Village full of the tea aroma, Hyangnidawon (香里茶院)

President Kim Gyeong Suk, who with girl’s sensibility didn’t want to take a picture without make-up and hair styling, opened this teahouse in February this year. She believes in life-long learning and she is going through the tea ceremony (Dado) leader’s course at Dongguk University. She named her teahouse Hyangnidawon, because she wanted her village filled with the aroma of tea. At the beginning of fall, I had a cup of tea at this teahouse with an old popular song softly playing in the background.

01 | Entrance

After dropping by Oreung, I was on my way to go back to city. The sky was beautiful. I felt refreshed at heart, walking with light steps. Over a low wall, I discovered a beautiful teahouse with an eye-catching design. As I entered the teahouse, I already felt dopey due to the aroma of the tea.

02 | Going into the teahouse that was pervaded by a delicate wood-smoke flavor.

Over the clear note of a bell, someone dressed up in a modernized hanbok greeted me. I loved every detail of the teahouse: a warm wooden and roomy space without the typical crowded mass of tables.
I took a seat near a balcony with a full glass window and a view of Poseok-ro. 

 03 | Eye-catching teacups warmed by sunlight

After I took off my bag that had been weighing down my shoulder, I had time to relax and to look around the teahouse. In every corner of the teahouse,  there are lots of teacups seen and unseen that a director has done legwork to find as if he had been staging a treasure hunt in his childhood. I was delighted like visiting a Dado Museum. (Dado means a tea ceremony.)

04 | Tea, meaning a wait and a time to relax

Seo Sun Hui started to work at Hyangnidawon from the beginning.. At first, she didn’t know anything about Dado (a tea ceremony); now, the service of Dado that used to be a chore has become a part of her life. I hadn’t realized my tea was already served because I had been preoccupied exploring every inch of the teahouse. The hot water contained in teapot to make tea had gotten cold by the time I noticed. After checking the water temperature by hand, Ms. Seo said, “The water is too cold. Let me reheat the water.”  I was very sorry to trouble her. She also said, “Tea takes time to brew and it is a time to relax because you must wait.” When one is waiting for tea to be made and relaxed, time goes by slowly.

05 full-flavored Sinseonyeop Cha (mulberry leaves tea)

I tasted Sinseonyeop Cha, also known as Bbongnip Cha (mulberry leaves tea). Sinseonyeop Cha took its name from a proverb which goes “Eating mulberry leaves for a long time that turns a person into a Sinseon (a taoist hermit with miraculous powers).” Before l swallowed the tea, I felt healthy merely by inhaling the aroma. I wished to become a Sinseon. The slightly bitter tea refreshed my dry mouth. For the next visit, I decided I would choose Gamro Cha made from fermented hydrangea leaves. There are various types of teas. Why don't you go Hyangnidawon with me and taste various teas?

Listening to tea stories and choosing tea to taste among dozens of teas are the small simple pleasures of Hyangnidawon.

Types of Tea
Korea Tea

Foreign Tea

This is made from the first crop of tea leaves in the early spring on the 5th day before Goku among the 24 divisions of the year (Jeolgi).

Chinese Tea
24 types of foreign tea: from puer tea to black tea
This is made from the tea leaves picked after Goku.

 Taiwan Tea
5 types of foreign tea: Daeuryeong,Rangwiin, etc.
 Tteok Cha
This is made from the crushed fermented tea leaves.

 Japan Tea
Powder Tea (Mal Cha)
 Fermented Tea ( Hwang Cha)
This is also known as Jeongcha because Dasan Jeong Yak Yong developed it at a place of exile.

 Flower Tea
Gukhwa Cha,  Gaehwakkot Cha, Jangmikkot Cha
 Sinseonyeop Cha
This is made from mulberry leaves.

 Substitution Tea
Sipjeondaebotang , Ginseng tea , Coffee, etc.
 Gamro Cha
This is made from fermented hydrangea leaves.

Following the scent of steaming tea

There are 5 bus routes to get here. Get on the bus No. 500, 505, 506, 507 or 508 in the direction of Nanam and get off at Gukdang Maeul then walk a while toward Hwangnam-dong. You can find it on the road.


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