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Osulloc Tea Museum & Innisfree Jeju House

Osulloc Tea Museum & Innisfree Jeju House
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Tea Stone (Tea Museum) by Korea's leading tea brand Osulloc was selected as one of the top 10 art museums in the world. Tea Stone offers tea classes. It is a class where you can not only learn how to make proper tea, but also experience a Korean tea ceremony. Past a big, heavy door visitors are greeted by an ink-colored and profound atmosphere. The gallery space shows a work by media artist Lee Nam-Lee.

The inspiration for the piece is Kim Jeong-hui, who loved tea. The black inner and outer walls of the building represent the black ink that he used for his calligraphy. The name of the building is a combination of the words “tea” and “inkstone.”

Every step of making and drinking tea is a moment of healing

The space where the tea class takes place has three glass walls. On one side is a wide green tea field and on the other side you can see Jeju's Gotjawal Forest. It feels like you are being hugged by nature. The class begins with a tea sommelier explaining tea cups. Participants get to feel the texture of the cup. The tea is made with Woojeoncha leaves that were collected before Kogu, one of the 24 seasons according to the lunar calendar. Young leaves picked in the early spring produce a soft tea with a less bitter taste. It's a luxury product, and Woojeoncha tea is one of them.

Let the prepared water cool down to an appropriate temperature and fill the tea pot. You can hear the clear sound of water falling on water. Then you wait until the tea is ready. When you pour a cup for an important guest you give him some of the first watery bits and some of the strong last bits. That way the taste gains depth. The tea master continues to tell interesting tea stories before taking his students to the basement of Tea Stone where tea is cultivated. A cup of after- fermentation tea marks the end of the class.

When you exit the Tea Stone building and follow a path you get to Innisfree's Jeju House, where cosmetics are made with raw materials from Jeju's nature. The house itself is made with eco-friendly architecture and offers a natural soap class. You can pick from tangerines, green tea and volcano clusters. The soap base is quite hard, and it takes eager kneading to make it softer. Add the powder of your choice, mix it thoroughly, and finally, form it into any shape you like. If you're hungry, the Green Cafe offers brunches and beverages. It has healthy local food made with fresh ingredients that grew in the clean Jeju soil and sea.

INFORMATION

Osulloc Tea Museum (Tea Stone)

  • +82-64-794-5312
  • 09:00~18:00
  • Mandatory prior reservation
  • Tea class 30,000 won (two persons)
  • 15 Sinwhayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju
  • www.osulloc.com

Innisfree Jeju House

  • +82-64-794-5351
  • 09:00~18:00
  • Natural soap class 15,000 won (two persons)

The above information is valid as of Dec. 31, 2017