Updated at 2024-02-23
This traditional celadon tea set integrates two Korean cultural traditions that were deeply influenced by China. The production techniques used to make Goryeo celadon ceramic wares were greatly influenced by the Song dynasty ceramic kilns, and the heyday of Goryeo secret color ware was between the 12th and 13th centuries. The tea set also symbolizes the tea culture that was introduced to the Korean peninsula from the Three Kingdoms period. To this day, North Korea maintains “tea ceremonies” that emphasize “harmony, respect, frugality, and honesty.” Goryeo celadon and tea culture both attest to the long-standing and close trade relationship between the Korean peninsula and China, which became the cornerstone of a firm friendship.
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