Yeh Tang Tea Culture Research Institute
Welcome to have a cup of tea
Fragrance of tea from lanes
After the MRT Dongmen station was opened, the ever crowded Yong Kang Street became more popular. I have heard about a tea institute hidden in the lanes here, and I wondered how a tea institute could survive in the commercial Yong Kang area.
Walking along the main Yong Kang Street and cross the Yong Kang Park, then I saw the Lane 31 of Yong Kang Street. Just took a turn, and I found myself inside a residential area. I couldna��t find any stores here. Instead, I saw two old trees large and conspicuous, and the lanes were special because of the trees with green leaves. I appreciated the lane closely and searched for No.2 of Lane 20. In front of me were two wooden doors with one open. There was a couplet on the door, and it said a�?Blossoming flowers look forward to something before they fall, and good guests would come without you asking,a�? I have found the place.
Sharing everything good about tea
Yeh Tang Tea Culture Research Institute was founded in 1985 and first stared from the house of the founder He Chien in Jingmei. At the time, the Institute focused on research on tea leaves, tea ware, and tea culture and was not open to the public. However, more like-minded people came to his place, and he wanted to maintain the privacy of his house. As a result, the Institute moved to Yong Kang Street in 2002, and the tea lovers can have a common space to gather.
a�?Is this place a tea company, restaurant, or a tea store?a�? The owner answers, a�?This place is actually just like the living room of my house, I would serve tea and talk about it when friends come to my place. As the couplet on the door says that a flower looks forward to something when it has fallen, and good guests would come without you asking them to. Guests can freely walk around here.a�?
Apart from the atmosphere of the area, the wooden door, small yard, stone steps, old vines, bamboo, fish tank, and wooden tables and chairs perfectly describe what he feels when having tea. The place is also away from the outside world by leaving only one door open. He hopes that the place can be a platform to share what he gains from drinking and understanding about tea. Since the place is like his living room, he hopes that this place is not focused on business and transactions. Instead, people can come here and gain benefits from knowing more about tea.
Only quality Taiwanese tea is sold
Merchandise sold here includes tea leaves from various production areas, pottery, chinaware, bamboo, wood, and fabrics. The purpose is for visitors to bring something home to prolong and share the tea experience besides visiting the place, and it could be a bag of tea leaves or a piece of tea ware. This way can ensure the place continue to operate.
He Chien has been studying tea for more than 30 years. He has great knowledge about tea and talks about teas from around the world. However, you can only buy Taiwanese tea at this place, and the quality and safety of the tea is guaranteed. For him, nature has blessed Taiwan with such a wonderful environment for growing tea, from unfermented green tea, partially fermented tea, and fully fermented black tea, and you can find teas like Sanxia green tea, Wenshan Paochong tea, Nantou Lugu Dongding oolong tea, high mountain oolong tea, Mucha Tie Guanyin, and oriental beauty from Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli, and black tea from Yuchi township.