Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Passing of a Great Modren Korean Tea Thinker, Yang Won Suh

Last month a great modern Korean tea thinker passed away. His name is Yang Won Suh and he was the founder and CEO of one of Korea's oldest and pioneering tea companies, Hankook Tea. He founded the company over 50 years ago and since then has been one of the major supporters of Korean tea domestically and internationally. In Korea he funded statues of the Korean Saint of tea, Cho-Ui, and provided advice and assistance to may other Korean tea companies. He was instrumental in providing guidance to the largest Korean tea company, O'Sulloc Tea. Internationally, he launched the first Korean tea shop in the USA under his Hankook Tea brand.

He was recognized, formally for his contribution to Korean tea by the Korean Government who named him a Grand Master of Traditional Korean Foods (Myung In) of hwang cha (aka yellow tea or balhyocha) and matcha (korean powdered tea). He is one of only four others who are recognized Myung In for Korean tea.

Yang Won Suh, thanks for your wonderful contribution to Korean tea.



GoodGreenTea said...

My deepest condolences on the loss of Great Korean tea master.

Steph said...

Thank you for making me aware of this important man.

Hankook Tea said...

Thank you for the post.
It's been a crazy end of the year and I just saw this post today.

Thank you for sharing :)