The traditional tea ceremony has been practiced in Korea for over a thousand years.
Known earlier as charye (茶 禮) it is now more famous in the codified version of Panyar-o, litterally "dew of illuminating wisdom."
There are several variations, depending on the different events and occasions, but the main element of the ceremony is the ease and naturalness of tea appreciation, in a formal but relaxed environment.
Tea ceremonies are being revived in Korea as a way to find relaxation and harmony in the fast-paced new Korean culture.
We could call the Korean tea ceremony a perfect cross between the Chinese and Japanese ones.
The tea served is generally green tea, of which Korea is a refined producer, and all steps of the preparation are performed with simplicity and gracefulness.
The basic tea accessories needed are: