Day       May Important dates near and during our tour.

00 S      01

00 S      02  Jongmyo Daeje, the royal ancestral rites - Seoul

00 M     03

00 T      04 

00 W     05  Your Itinerary Follows

00 T      06  Leave for Korea (Depending on your time zone)

01 F   07  Arrive in Korea travel to the hotel.

02 S      08  8:30 Talk on Korean tea presented by Brother

              Anthony of Taize co-author of The Korean Way of Tea.

              9:30 move to Mungyeong.  Spend the afternoon and

              evening visiting the studios of selected Mungyeong


03 S      09  Spend the day at the Mungyeong Festival.

04 M     10  Park Jong Il, Park Byung Teak, Nat. Museum,

              Gyeongju  tea ceremony evening

05 T      11  Early morning visit Seokkur-am and Bulguk-sa 

              Temple, move to Miryang visit Song Seung-hwa,

              move to Sancheon visit Min Young Ki.  Stay in


06 W    12  Brother Anthony and Hong Kyeong-hee join tour.

              Visit Tasol-sa Temple (former home of Ven Hyodang).

              Drive to Hadong, visit tea museum; drive

              to Hwagye valley.  Visit Chilbul-sa Temple, view tea-

              fields.  Visit Ssanggye-sa temple. Visit Choe

              Champan's Residence  (old Korean house).

              Arrive at Hwaeom-sa Temple, [or hotel] place baggage

              in rooms.  Supper in Hwaeom-sa refectory around

              17:30.  At 18:30 watch the monks beat the drum and  

              bell etc prior to the evening chanting in the great hall

              (attendance optional but encouraged).  Evening free

              for rest. Lights-out at 21:00 pm.

07 T     13  The morning chanting in the temple begins at about

             3:30 after the ringing of the bell etc.  Attendance by

             those staying in the temple is optional though

             encouraged (unique experience!).  Rest until breakfast

             (6:30). After breakfast tour Hwaeom-sa Temple then

             walk up to Gucheung Hermitage (150 meters above

             main temple).  Morning spent picking tea from the

             bushes located among the bamboos. 11:30 lunch in

             main temple.  Afternoon spent in Gucheung Hermitage

             drying and rolling freshly picked leaves (a sufficient

             quantity will be purchased to supplement the morning’s

             picking).  Supper 17:30.  Evening spent in tea-talk

             and tea-drinking with the Ven. Deokjae in Gucheung

             Hermitage.  Return to rooms before 21:00

08 F    14 Starts as yesterday. After breakfast walk through the

             forest for those who wish. Receive completely dried,

             packed tea in the morning. Drive to Boseong. Visit Lee

             Hak Soo onggi potter and Bosong Tea Plantation.

             Drive to Gangjin; visit the home of Dasan and

             Baekryeon-sa Temple.  Visit Ven Yo Yeon.

09 S    15 Visit Gangjin Celadon Museum.  Drive to Daeheung-

             sa temple. Tour temple. Walk up to Ilchi-am hermitage

             (where the Ven. Cho-ui lived in the 19th century).

10 S    16  Move to Chung Won-gun visit artist Lee Kang Hyo 

                         move to Seoul.  Lotus Lantern Festival 

11 M    17 Free day in Seoul*.  Options pending.   Evening Tea

             with Hong Kyeong-hee, co-author The Korean Way of


12 T     18 Free day in Seoul.   Evening Chongdong Theater,

             Traditional Music and dance 

13 W    19 Leave for Home or Jejudo option

14 T    20 Jejudo 

15 F     21 Jejudo Seoul   Buddha’s Birthday

16 S     22 Leave for Home 

Mungyeong has set the date for their tea bowl festival.   

The itinerary remains “tentative until all arrangements are made.

Why should you also visit Jejudo?  In addition to Jeju Island being the “Hawaii” of Asia with many beautiful sites, it also is a very important tea area and home of one of Korea’s best tea museums.  You will stay at a great hotel, visit beautiful areas, eat wonderful fresh seafood, visit their tea area and museum and enjoy the sites of Jejudo.  Besides, you will be in Korea and should really see the rest of this beautiful land.  Any number can take this option.

Hotels for early arrivals and later departures can be arranged. 

The Mungyeong Chassabal Festival (Chassabal = tea bowl or chawan)

You may be wondering why this festival is so important to our tour.  Mungyeong is the most important tea ware village in Korea.  It is home of Kim Jong Ok, Korea’s Human National Cultural Treasure in ceramics and Chan Han Bong, internationally acclaimed teabowl artist and also Human Cultural Treasure.  You will also meet the other master tea ware artists from Mungyeong and international known tea ware artists from more than twenty-five countries.  This type tour should not miss this major international tea and tea ware event. 

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