Harmony of chasabal (tea bowl) and the scent of tea2014 Mungyeong Traditional
Spring in Korea is the season of flowers, mild weather, and plenty of unique and interesting festivals. One such festival is the Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival, held from April 30 to May 6, 2014 in the Mungyeongsaejae area of Mungyeong City.
The 2014 Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival program features exhibits including the International Exchange Exhibition for Chasabal, the Excellent Mungyeong Traditional Ceramic Ware Exhibition, and the National Grand Chasabal Contest. At the festival, visitors will be met with rows upon rows of tea bowls (locally called chasabal, 찻사발) produced by the nation's leading ceramic masters, as well as prize-winning tea bowls from local ceramic contests. In addition to the surprising diversity of forms and functions of the chasabals on display and at the market, visitors will be able to make their own ceramics pieces, participate in tea programs, and take part in a range of other experience programs.
The festival venue, Mungyeongsaejae, is an area near an ancient road through a mountain pass built during the Joseon Dynasty (15th century). The pass once connected Gyeongsangbuk-do and Hanyang (old name of Seoul) and was the fastest and most traveled route across the mountain during the Joseon Dynasty. It was often traveled by seonbis (Confucian scholars of the Joseon Dynasty) on their way to Hanyang (Seoul) to take the gwageo (the highest-level state examination to recruit ranking officials during the Joseon Dynasty). Today, the area from Gate 1 to Gate 3 of the pass is a provincial park.
[ Major Hands-On Programs ] - Moulding Ceramic Ware
From the second your hands touch the clay on the potter's wheel, you will begin to see how much skill and care is needed to make even the simplest of clay forms. Every move of your hands and spin of the potter's wheel helps transform your lump of clay into a finished piece. After your piece is done, leave it at the pottery experience area to dry and stop back to pick it up on your way home. The participation fee for this activity is only 4,000 won (cash only), so it's a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy a unique experience and take home a handcrafted souvenir.
[ Major Hands-On Programs ] - Painting Pictures on Chasabal
This is an opportunity to decorate and take home your own chasabal. Paint or write letters on a chasabal using glazes and a brush. Don't forget to put your name or initials on the bottom to identify your piece. Once the painting is done, the bowl will be set out to dry and will be fired later in the kiln. The final product will be sent to the mailing address you provide. The participation fee for this activity is 10,000 won, plus an additional fee on the receiver for shipping.
[ Major Hands-On Programs ] - Tea Ceremony Demonstration
Dado (traditional tea ceremony) is held on a drama filming set in Mungyeongsaejae, in traditional hanok houses. Take a seat on the floor and relax as volunteers wearing hanbok (traditional Korean costumes) brew tea and serve you in accordance with traditional etiquette. Choose from a variety of Korean teas: omija (five-taste) tea, dandelion tea, green tea, or lotus leaf tea. Enjoy your complimentary tea with tteok, traditional Korean rice cakes. The omija tea comes highly recommended, as it is a specialty of the Mungyeong region. Visitors can also sample makgeolli (traditional rice wine) and rice cakes made with omija.
2014 Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival
☞ Date: April 30 - May 6, 2014
☞ Place: Mungyeongsaejae KBS Drama Studio and Mungyeong Ceramic Museum in Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
☞ Admission fee: 5,000 won
- Each admission ticket comes with a 2,000 won coupon. The coupon can be used for the festival (experience programs, food and beverage purchases etc.).
- Tickets are available on site. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
☞ Accommodations: There are many accommodation facilities nearby, including the Mungyeong Tourist Hotel, STX Resort, and the Mungyeongsaejae Youth Hostel.
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Official website of the Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival: http://www.sabal21.com/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Official website of tourism in Mungyeong: http://tour.gbmg.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Last updated, March 10, 2014