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[Translate to anglais:] The tea ceremony

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Cérémonie du thé

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December 2006 at 3 pm
Claude Lévi-Strauss Theater
Free access to all, subject to the number of available places 

The musée du quai Branly partakes in the 'Corée au Coeur' program, which celebrates the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Korea, through the presentation of the tea ceremony.

The ceremony, followed by tea tasting, is performed by members of the prestigious Panyaro Institute for the Way of Tea, founded in 1983 by ChaeWon-hwa. Its President, Mrs Chae Won-Hwa, is heir to the Venerable Moine Hyodang, and carries on the tradition.

Tea came to Korea from the Chinese Tang dynasty in 828 - the third year of the reign of King Hungkok of Silla. The first tea trees were planted by royal decree on the sun-drenched slopes of Mount Jiri. The use of tea, essentially in Buddhist ceremonies, continued to increase until the end of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392). During this era, the Korean officer training educational system included, in addition to the usual disciplines (philosophy, poetry, calligraphy and martial arts), initiation into 'the art of tea'.

According to Choi-I, a great litterary Korean man, it was impossible to cheat with tea, as its harmony reflected the harmony of the soul itself.

A number of laws governing tea drinking exist. Tea should be enjoyed three times - first to appreciate its flavour, second to savour its fragrance, and finally to be captivated by its charms.


1. Presentation of the tea ceremony

(duration: 10 minutes)

by Chae Won-hwa, President of the Panyaro Institute for the Way of Tea 

2. The tea ceremony

(duration: 1 hour)

Gongsu Seoncha (10-15 people) 

Demonstration of how tea is prepared in leaf form in the traditional way, by Chae Won-hwa and his disciples (The Zen of tea, which shapes both body and heart)

Malcha Seoncha  (7-10 people)

Demonstration of how tea is prepared in powder form

Heongong Charye (7 people ) 

A solemn ceremony where tea is offered to Buddha, the spirits or the ancestors and to mark the end of the year. On a clear night aglow with myriad stars and candlelight, tea is offered to the deities in the knowledge that the approaching New Year will illuminate us and breathe new hope into our lives.

Doksu Seoncha (1 person)

Demonstration of how tea is prepared, by Chae Won-hwa, sunk in deep meditation. (The Zen of tea at its most profound and universal level)

3. Tea tasting and discussio

(duration: 1 hour / Claude Lévi-Strauss Theater foyer)