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Siang Ming: A Chinese tea oasis in Jakarta

  • Arif Suryobuwono

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 28 2020   /  02:26 am

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.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 handcrafted 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.As such, to welcome the Chinese Year of the Rat on Saturday th...