Tea Tour Korea 2013 was a great success but there is still much more to do and see in regards to Korean Tea. That is why we are officially announcing Tea Tour Korea 2014 far in advance of the tour date. So please inform your tea friends and others interested in Korean culture. Tea Tour Korea 2014 will take place in May a little after the heart of the pick. Tea Tour Korea 2011 and Tea Tour Korea 2013 were very successful and Tea Tour Korea 2014 should be even richer, particularly in terms of Tea.
Tea Tour 2011 seemed to open the floodgates of Tea to us in Korea. We returned to Korea August 2011 when we were introduced to and met new Tea people. With two different tours in 2012 and our recently completed Tea Tour 2013. We now have contacts with many additional artisan tea producers and important tea masters. They include a tea master who mentor-wise is the direct descendant of Cho-Ui. Another Tea master has a remarkable collection of more than 20,000 ancient tea ware items and understands Chinese tea like no other person in Korea. He was our teacher when we made tea with him on the 2013 tea tour - a remarkable experience. Artisan tea producers are beginning to contact us. It is wonderful how much Tea Tour Korea 2011 and 2013 have stirred Korean Tea. (pun intended, bad as it is).
Brother Anthony has agreed to join us again and David Mason, another authority on Korea and Korea’s tea culture may also speak to our group. Our private group talk with the tea producer Ha Ilnam about various aspects of Korean tea was exciting, informative and insightful.
Although we had wonderful tea experiences in 2011 and 2013 we have decided to expand the Tea section of the tour for 2014. We now have so many more Tea options it is difficult to decide who we should visit. Nor will be neglect tea ware which still lies at he heart of what we do.
If you are a novice or a connoisseur of tea or even if you have little or no knowledge of tea, Tea Tour Korea 2014 will be an exciting introduction to both Korean Tea and Korean tea ware and a great introduction to the beautiful country of Korea.
Join this blog as we show what we did in 2011 and 2013. Then imagine Tea Tour Korea 2014 possibly being even richer especially in terms of tea. We will stay longer in Hwagae Valley and meet more artisan tea producers. But in 2014 we will also look at tea in Gimhae, Janghung, Gangjin and Haenam in addition to Jerisan (Hadong) and Boseong. Dare we go to Jejudo?
We understand, you want to know, "What are the specific dates?" and "What is the price?" In 2014 we will travel a little later than 2013 or 2011. We will not visit the Mungyeong Teabowl Festival because to do so always puts us in the beginning of the pick. That is an exciting time for us but a more difficult time for the artisan producers to welcome us and for us to experience all of the teas they produce.
We think we will be in the tea area when one of the tea festivals are taking place. That should be in mid May but they always announce these events very late often just a month before they take place. So we will have to plan our tour and hope we have guessed right. In any case it will be a rich time since you can really only experience the tea festival for several hours and if we miss it we will have more time for the selected artisan producers. My best guess as to dates are May 09, 2014 through May 23, 2014. The price will have to wait until we are closer to the date. The price will be reasonable for a very small group tour. As an example 33% of the 2011 group and 77% of the 2013 group decided to pay the extra single room charge.
Morning Crane Tea will help with the tour's price making it as inexpensive as we can. But be aware that small group tours are not cheap. As examples the basic land price for double occupancy for Tea Tour 2011 was $3200. Tea Tour 2013's basic price was $3450. Single occupancy is typically $500 or more extra depending on the hotels and the costs usually increase. But the price should be compared with a 15 day tour that costs $350 per day and has 16-20 guests. Our group will be half that size. Plus air from your location.
Regardles of the price, this will truly be a historic journey into the heart of Korean Tea and Korean Tea Ware and it could be the last tea tour that we personally host.
1. The tour will be a small with only 4-8 tour members. We want to be able to sit as a group with each tea ware artist, tea artisan, tea master or venerable tea monk so that we can truly savoir those experiences. We'll see how that works out as the number interested is already growing.
2. Although this is the first announcement of this opportunity we already have many registered guests. So room on this tour or a second tour could go quickly. If you have an interest in joining Tea Tour Korea 2014 reserve your spot with no obligation. Contact us now.
3. Spring is one of the most beautiful times to be in Korea and it truly is Tea time.
4. Note: We will not guide a Tea Tour Korea in 2015. That year we turn our attention to Korean ceramics. If you are more interested in ceramics, contact us regarding the possibility of that tour.
5. Join this blog to watch Tea Tour Korea 2014 develop. Please do it now. Incidentally have you ordered your Korean tea from us yet?
6. Visit Morning Crane Tea blog to learn more about both Korean tea and Korean tea ware. Watch for our website at MorningCrane Tea.com. It is not available yet.
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8. Register now to reserve your spot on the historic Korean tea and Korean tea ware tour – Tea Tour Korea 2014.
Arthur K. J. Park