What is the history of tea culture in Korea?
Modern Korean tea culture dates back to a 2,000 year old rich ceremonial tea heritage that has caught the devotion of tea drinkers, philosophers and poets. Tea-drinking in Korea focuses not only on the taste sensations but incorporates an accompanying appreciation of the purification of the mind, spirit and body.
In AD 48, Queen Suro of the Garak kingdom brought tea seeds from India and planted them in Baekgol mountain located in the city of Gimhae (what is now Changwon City), where to this day, places with names connected with tea still remain; the nearby Mt. Jiri is still well known to be a place where the best tea is grown