If you’re a fan of green tea, the Boseong Green Tea Fields should be #1 on your list of places to see in Korea. Even if you’re not a fan of green tea, Boseong should be pretty high up on that list. This plantation in Korea’s Jeollanam province will definitely be one of the most beautiful places you’ll see when you visit.
Tours that go to the Boseong Green Tea Fields
While it’s easy to visit by yourself, and I list the directions below if you’d prefer to go with a tour, here are a few different options:
- Boseong Festival (1D) – This tour is pretty straightforward. It’ll take you from Seoul to Boseong and back within a day. Overall, you’ll have about 4 hours in the fields. The only problem is I’m pretty sure it only runs once in a while, mostly in May. Check here for dates.
- Boseong + Naganeupseong Folk Village (1D) – If you’re in a bigger group of people, you might want to just book your own private tour for the day. You’ll have about 2 hours in Boseong and 2 hours at the folk village with this tour. Check here for details
- Western Korea Tour (3D, 2N) – If you want to see the major sites along the western side of Korea, then you’ll like this tour. Boseong is on the second day. Check here for details
- All Around Korea Tour (5D, 4N) – If you want to include Boseong on a bigger tour of Korea, then this is the tour you’ll want to take. It’s included in Day 2, and you’ll probably have a few hours there. Check here for details
Boseong Green Tea Fields
Wild tea has been cultivated here as far back as the mid-300’s BC while green tea was introduced to Korea from China in the 600’s AD. An official green tea plantation was developed in the 1930’s after the Japanese decided it was the best place to cultivate green tea in the peninsula, and then revived in the late 1950’s after WWII by Koreans.
As one of the three main areas in Korea to produce green tea, Boseong is responsible for 40% of Korea’s tea, and 80% of the plantations still use traditional processing methods. It’s certified organic as well.
Escape the city for a day and get some seriously fresh air while admiring the rolling rows of tea trees. Seriously, even for someone who lives in a smaller city, I noticed the difference in air quality as soon as we stepped off our bus.
The greenery, the mountains, the open spaces… you’ll forget every bustling, skyscraper image used with Korean tourism. When you get off, head towards the nearest restaurant for some delicious green tea infused food, like green tea jeon. Holy moly, you won’t regret getting this.
Then head to the main area to get a wide view of all the gorgeous trees. I recommend hiking up to get a sea view from the top (look for 바다 on signs). It’s a little strenuous if you’re not in shape or expecting it (*cough*), but it’s very much worth it once you reach the top.
The best part is that the tea fields are pretty much gorgeous all year round, but I would highly recommend avoiding it in the summer. Early spring, fall, or winter are your best bets for not being a sweaty, sunburned mess.
Quick Guide to the Boseong Green Tea Fields
- Korean Name: 보성녹차밭 대한다원
- Address: 전라남도 보성군 보성읍 녹차로 763-67
- English Address: 763-67, Nokcha-ro Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
- Cost: 4,000 KRW (~$4)
- Open: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (summer), 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (winter)
If you want to spend more time in the region, I’d suggest looking into hotels in Gwangju as it’s a good base. Check here for hotels in the city.
How to Get to Boseong
- Head to Boseong Bus Terminal (보성 버스터미널). You can get there from Nambu Bus Terminal in Seoul or from Gwangju Bus Terminal.
- Once at the terminal, catch a bus headed towards Yulpo, and get off at the green tea fields stop. You can also just grab a taxi and head there. We took a taxi because we had just missed the bus by about 5 minutes. It was a 10-15 minute taxi ride that cost us about 10,000 won (less than $10). Side note, if you’re in Seoul or Gwangju, and you have to pee, go there or wait until the plantation’s bathrooms. You’ll be in for a pretty gross awakening if you use the ones at the bus terminal.
Have you been? It’s pretty stunning, and I could easily have roamed the plantation for hours.
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