Help for putting your plates in their place
“It is valuable to know your place, even if that place is temporary.” —Dune
|The Kniggerich placemat, helping to re-establish European dinner etiquette. (Kniggerich Cheat Sheet Placemat by llot llov, photo from Charles & Marie)|
I wish a Korean company would be similarly inspired to create similar place mats or tablecloths so one could set a proper Korean dinner table easily. In the Chosun Dynasty, Koreans had different table settings (called bansang) based on one’s rank and wealth. In general, the more bansang, the higher your rank to be able to afford that amount of food.
|Imagine if a you had a tablecloth that spelled out exactly where each plate should sit? (Korea.net photo)|
There are three common formal Korean place settings:
- Five-cheop (첩 cheop means dish)
- 수라상 surasang, a 12-cheop setting, reserved for the king and queen
The Korea Tourism Organization posted basic diagrams and photos of the Korean place settings. Imagine if you had a tablecloth with these settings already printed on it. Babo-proof Korean table manners.