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 your list. 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 seemingly 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.
How to Get There
- 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, either catch a bus headed towards Yulpo, and get off at the green tea fields stop, or grab a taxi and head there. We took a taxi because we had just missed the bus by about 5 minutes, and 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.
More About Boseong Green Tea Fields
- Korean Name: 보성녹차밭 대한다원
- Official Site of Boseong
- Daehan Dawon Tourist Tea Plantation
- Green Tea from Korea | Salacca
And don’t forget….
ALL the green tea food. You’re welcome.
Have you been? It’s pretty stunning, and I could easily have roamed the plantation for hours.
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