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Dado is one of the Korean culture. It helps to understand the importance of Korean cultural manner through Dado. Also, t...

Proprieties of Drinking Tea, "Dado (tea ceremony)"

Dodo is a Chinese character, meaning 'etiquette of drinking tea'. Korean tea drinking method is traditional, but very fastidious. Therefore it is uncommon to all Korean. However, once you learn about this manner, it becomes convenient. The tea time becomes more attractive and charming.

The terms of teacups

(1)Chagwan (teapot)   A container to infuse tea herbs in the water. The most carefully chosen among all.   Consider its function.

(2)Chatjong (teacup)   There are teacup (chatjan) and teabowl (chatjong). Chatjan is widen and opened and chatjong has bell shape when you set a glass bottom up.

(3)Sukwoo (container to cool it) The green tea is served at 70C, therefore sukwoo is necessary to cool it.

(4)saucer Wood made saucer is more convenient than ceramic ware. Because teacup and saucer are both in ceramic, it might be heavy and colliding sound is not proper.

(5)Chisi (Chacheok, Chachick) A tool used to transfer tea herbs from tea container (Chatong). Wood made is preferred.

(6)Chaho (Chatong, Chadanji) Tea container. Reserve only fair amount of quantity. Reserving too long in Chaho can spoil the taste and quality of tea herbs.

(7)Chasugeon (Tea towel) White cotton towel used to polish.

(8)Chatsang (tea table) The table has to be low and rectangle because it is more convenient to infuse tea on the table.

(9)Tanggwan (pipkin) Used to boil cold water. There are ceramic ware, metal and copper, but ceramic ware is mostly used.

(10)Teosugi (Dumping water container) Left over water and infused herbs leaves can be dumped in this container.

The way of drinking
The method of drinking tea is holding up the teacup on the palm of left hand and grasping with right hand. The color, fragrance of tea and most importantly, the flavor of it can be tasted by 3~4 times of sipping. The warmness and texture of ceramic tea cup add great taste. Combining all these aspects help to enjoy tea ceremony.

A lingering odor (a remaining fragrance) is the first thing to count when you drink tea. Imagine the green colored tea brew is spreading out all over your body, then you can fine calmness and peaceful moment in same time. Serving warm tea is always better than cold tea. Also it is more desirable to infuse herb leaves as it needed.

A method of boiling tea leaves

If you boil the water for too long, it loses its freshness. In ancient korean document, they called it 'Nosu' meaning aged water, losing all the living particles. Therefore, if you boil too much, then adding cold water and heating it again is recommended.

When the water temperature goes up to 100 , do not let boil more than 30 seconds. Pour hot water when it settles after boiling. These days, there are many electronic product which keeps the warmness. However, these products are not good because the temperature does not go up to the boiling point which is 100 .

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