In Gounsa Temple, we got a chance to experience the tea ceremony. Lost in the mountain with an amazing scenery, the temple challenges one to reflect upon his earthly condition. Paintings on the temple relate the story and struggles of Buddha, as a bell is peacefully ringing on the roof. The head monk invited us in his office and offered us some delicious green tea.
Just like tea requires a special ceremony, as everybody sits and watches the leaves spread their flavor in the boiling water, Korean food is also a ceremony in itself, where the temple is a restaurant in Andong.
It's all about sharing. The friends sit all around a table on the floor and watch the meat slowly changing colors as the broth softens the vegetables. Then everbody cast their chopsticks in the sacred pan, like birds pecking some seeds with their beak, sharing the same food as a kind of communion, to celebrate friendship. The table is full of different food, just like friends have many things to offer.
Andong and its market are the temple of traditional Korean food, where all ingredients combine to create such a unique tasting experience !