Sunday, May 30, 2010

Last Day of the Kyunghee Fest...

The last day of the four days festival of Kyunghee University was the mega fest of the day..there were numbers of Korean famous singers perform and entertain the audiences and four days festival of the university.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Tea Culture of Korea

The Korean tea ceremony is known as "Darye", Darya is a traditional form of tea ceremony practiced in Korean culture. "Darye" literally refers to "etiquette for tea" or "day tea rite" and has been kept among Korean people for a few thousand years.
Tea ceremonies are now being revived in Korea as a way to find relaxation and harmony in the fast-moving new Korean environment.

The first historical record documenting the offering of tea to an ancestral god describes a rite in the year 661 in which a tea offering was made to the spirit of King Suro, the founder of the Geumgwan Gaya Kingdom (42-562))according to the wikipedia). Records from the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) show that tea offerings were made in Buddhist temples to the spirits of revered monks.

Korean tea ceremonies follow according to the seasons along with this ceramics and metalware also used varities. In thia process religious traditions were quite influenced. Stoneware was commonly used, ceramic more frequently, and made in provincial kilns, with porcelain rare, imperial porcelain with dragons the rarest.

According to the season wise for example, Summer tea equipment consisted of "katade" bowls that were 5 cm tall and 12 cm wide. The dimensions exposed a maximum surface area to aid in cooling boiled water. Hot water would be poured into the bowls, allowed to cool a bit, then poured into a teapot. The water was cooled because pouring boiling hot water over tea leaves extracts too much of the bitter taste and results in a bitter tea. With two hands, the tea would be poured into smaller matching cups with covers, placed on a rough wood or lacquer table. The tea was drunk by lifting the cup cover while drinking so as not to show the open mouth. Tea would be taken cool.

On the other hand Autumn and winter tea equipment consisted of taller narrower bowls, such as the "irabo" style, that would contain and maintain heat. Typically of spiral construction, shallow, with a high rim. Once again tea made within that bowl would then be poured into heated teapots, and poured centered over a smaller matching cup with cover. Tea would be taken hot. And once again repeatedly poured in small spurts from cup to cup so as to prevent flavour concentrated in one cup.

Varities of Tea
The earliest kinds of tea was used in tea ceremonies were heavily pressed cakes of black tea, the equivalent of aged pu-erh tea which is still popular in China. Vintages of tea were respected, and tea of great age imported from China had a certain popularity at court. However, importation of tea plants by Buddhist monks brought a more delicate series of teas into Korea, and the tea ceremony.

While green tea, "chaksol" or "chugno", is most often served, other tea such as "Byeoksoryung" Chunhachoon, Woojeon, Jakseol, Jookro, Okcheon, as well as native chrysanthemum tea, persimmon leaf tea, or mugwort tea may be served at different times of the year.
Korean teas are divided into the five different tastes: bitterness, sweetness, astringency, saltiness and "sourness". Aging is rare and most teas are consumed as fresh as possible, with particular note to new harvests.

Tea regions were famous for producing teas with characteristic compositions of the five taste elements: Jeju island, contemporarily, has teas with more salt in them due to ocean winds; other elements are brought out by different means of cooking the leaves, or hardness of water.

Teas also evoke four kinds of thought for Korean Buddhists: peacefulness, respectfulness, purity and quietness. Those teas that bring out more of these qualities are prized. That's why Korean people still follow the tea traditions quite strongly and and served when the guest comes at the home.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

University Festiv Season

The four days Kyunghee University festival has started from today and this will last till 28th of the month. Each and every corner students are holding playcard and banners promoting their stalls..these looks so colorful.

Monday, May 24, 2010

On the road side of Seoul Street

Last weekend , I had nice time being myself all alone wondering around the street do not know what to do as I was getting handful of time to be ....then I pack my bag insert the battery and I headed for unknown , unplan just simply..when I realised I was inside the subway..I got down at one station nearby from my place ...just freeking-out myself holding my heavy camera...thinking where to go and what to captured then I realised what about these .... have a look..!

One of my freaking day out with all these lovely memos.............

I end my day captured with this unusual beauty of mother nature...

Warm mild fragrance lotus tea of Korean

Nature's creation .......

How about this priceless smile...

Well this is not a lily but a water grown wind lily

Well I find it so cute to captured him my camera..but he was hinding under the table thinking no one won't able to see him

How about this.. then

Well this is not bad I guess

Another attempt

Then this white bunch of flowers

Trying to capture these purple buds

Second shoot..coloful hey...on the slop of the small hillock

My first shoot of the day was this small waterfall...