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Siang Ming: A Chinese tea oasis in Jakarta

Arif Suryobuwono

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, January 27, 2020  /  12:14 pm
Siang Ming: A Chinese tea oasis in Jakarta

Hidden gem: Tucked away in the basement of Mangga Dua Square in Jakarta's Chinatown area, Siang Ming Tea House turned 25 early this month, making it the oldest surviving Chinese tea house in Jakarta. (Courtesy of Siang Ming/-)

Siang Ming Tea House may look like a simple, unassuming eatery in the basement of Mangga Dua Square in Jakarta’s Chinatown area, but it is one of a kind in the truest sense of the word. The tea house is the only spot in Jakarta that offers exquisite Yixing (purple clay) teapots hand-crafted by different artists at different price points, ranging from industrial artists to officially state-recognized grand master industrial artists. Its collection of teapots includes those made by famous grand master Gu Shao Bei’s third daughter Gu Ding and his apprentice Zhu Ye. Every year, it introduces new Chinese teapots and tea drinking wares. Celebration: A Yixing teapot decorated with a rat motif designed by Siang Ming and handmade by a master artisanal teapot maker to celebrate the tea house‚Äôs 25th anniversary and welcome the Year of the Rat. (Courtesy of Siang Ming/-) A...