Did you know that the green tea terraces in Bosong are green all year round? I just found out and I think this is great because while it can be a popular place to visit in the spring and summer, maybe more people should go in the fall and winter instead. The green tea fields of Boseong, as they are often called, will still be very impressive…I can tell from experience as I’ve been there, when you want to visit Chulanam-do.
Are you looking for a beautiful getaway this winter in Korea? Or maybe you are looking for things to do in Jeollanamdo. Whether you are a tea lover, a nature lover, or just looking to get away in Korea, you definitely need to see the green tea terraces in Boseong. Spring, summer, fall, or winter, this is a must-do in South Korea.
Plan your trip to Boseong Green Tea Fields:
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admission: adults: 4,000 watts; Children: 3000 watts
hours: March – October: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; November ~ February: 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM
days: Open all year round.
How to reach Bosong
Tabuk: 763-65 Nokcha-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 763-65) (<- this is the title of Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation (대한 다원), the largest, most daring I say most beautiful tea plantation green in the area.)
On tour: There are great tour options that head to Boseong or Yeosu and include stops in Boseong. We headed there with www.hanatour.com For our last trip and it was fantastic.
by plane: A great way to get to Boseong that many people overlook is to travel to the southern region and then rent a car or take a bus from the airports. You can head to Gwangju Airport or Yeosu Airport. The journey takes an hour and then from those stops, rent a car and enjoy a small road trip. From either airport, it takes about an hour to get to Boseong.
by train: The only direct train is the slow train, and the fastest option would be to take a KTX ride to Gwangju Train Station which takes 1.5 hours. From there you will have to transfer to the slow train but from Gwangju to Boseong train station on Mugunghwa train it takes less than an hour and a half.
By bus: There are buses going to Boseong from Central City Terminal. It takes about 5 and a half hours.
Where to stay in Boseong
Boseong is quite regional so there aren’t many places to stay near Boseong Green Tea Fields, but there are a few if you want to try. paying off:
A simple but comfortable pension-style residence just 2 km from the green tea fields, Golmangtae Pension has a beautiful garden and terrace in each room overlooking some of the most beautiful green tea fields. It’s a nice place located at the foot of the hill. You can Book a room here on Booking.com
What do you know about Boseong?
Boseong is one of three regions in Korea that are famous for tea production. There are 26.71 hectares of land devoted to green tea production in Boseong, so let’s say you’ll saturate it well. Boseong has been producing green tea since the 17th century although its popularity has declined and lost over the years. During the Joseon Dynasty, for example, green tea was no longer popular because it was associated with Buddhism. It was back in favour by the 1930s and by the 1970s large terraced farms were popular. This is what you can still see there today.
Boseong is one of the rainiest places in Korea which makes it ideal for growing green tea as it requires 1500mm of water per year. Known as the green tea capital of Korea, the tea produced here has a distinct taste and aroma, so you really need to see it in person for any tea connoisseur in Korea.
Random fact: Boseong Green Tea passed the strict quality inspection of the Russian Laboratory of Medical Biology, and was officially recognized as a drink suitable for the special diet of an astronaut.
When visiting the green tea terraces in Boseong
Like I said at the beginning, the great thing about Bosong green tea bushes is that they are green all year round. The shrubs may look more bare or lush depending on whether they have just been harvested and the landscape surrounding the trees on the mountain may change accordingly, but in general, Boseong green tea fields are open year-round and green.
Boseong Green Tea Festival
There is an annual festival held for the past 40 years to celebrate green tea in Boseong. The festival is usually held in May every year. If you love festivals that have a lot of different experiences, activities, and demonstrations, then this might be the time for you to go. If you are less inclined to go when there are crowds, avoid this time.
Boseong Tea Plantation Light Festival
Since 2000, Boseong Green Tea Plantation has been hosting a light festival from the end of November to the beginning of January. There are plenty of holiday lights and fixtures that can be seen from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Daehan Down Tea Farm
Founded in 1957, Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation is one of the largest privately owned green tea plantations in Korea. This is also the largest green tea plantation in Boseong and is the place you will want to go to see the magnificent hills of green tea bushes. As it is the most popular green tea field in Boseong, there may be quite a few people but just know that it is huge so there is plenty of room to spread out.
The plantation you see today was developed in the 1930s when the Japanese decided to grow green tea here. This farm was destroyed during the Korean War and was later re-established by Chang Young Seop in 1957 which is why you will see some different dates and information for the area.
Rows of beautifully lined green tea bushes hug the curved mountain side and are very eye-catching. This is also the reason why I keep referring to them as green tea “terraces” rather than green tea “fields” because they are perched on an upward slope up the mountainside, so they are not the flat green tea fields as you might see on Jeju Island.
There is more than just green tea stands to be seen at Daehan Down Farm. The owners have planted 3 million ornamental trees as well. Walk around the area and follow the signs to find a grove of juniper trees, cedar trees, cypress trees, ginkgo trees, chestnut trees, maple trees, camellias and more. There is even a beautiful bamboo forest here that not many people see. Make sure to get a map at the entrance to see all there is to see!
While driving through Boseong, you may see other green tea plantations in the area and there are plenty of them, but Daehan Dawon is the largest large scale green tea plantation in the country and it is really breathtaking when you see it. Don’t lose your breath though… inhale all that good green tea.
What are you doing in Daehan Dawon
Eating green tea ice cream
One of the must-haves at Boseong is totally green tea ice cream. Get it from the main plaza area before you really enter the green tea terraces. We went up and ate it when we had finished cooling off our picnic. But, you can always grab the refreshing treat before you go up and try to take it with you! it is delicious. You can’t say you’ve been to the Boseong green tea fields unless you’ve eaten ice cream there.
Hike to the top to see
It may seem a little daunting, but it really isn’t. Make sure to climb all the way up and then go up again because there are actually a couple of observatory sites. The second will give you a view of the green tea terraces, pine tree forests, and even the ocean on clear days. This is an amazing and beautiful view.
See more than green tea
There is more to see than just the green tea bushes hugging the side of the mountain. Make sure to go and find bamboo forests, groves of pine trees and juniper trees, and if you go in the spring, the cherry trees are in bloom. There is a lot more to see than a lot of people are talking about.
What do you see around
korean tea museum
The Korean Tea Museum is located just outside the entrance to Daehan Dawon. This is a great addition to your itinerary when you are in the area to learn more about the history and cultivation of tea in Korea. The museum has three floors and you can learn about the basic principles of tea cultivation and production, tea ceremonies in Korea, and there are beautiful tea sets on display separated by era. There is also a tea experience center here with some craft programs as well.
On top of all that, if you want another nice place with a view, take the elevator to the 5th floor (there is no 4th floor), to the observatory and you can enjoy another view of the surrounding green tea plantations.
Tabuk: 775 Nokcha-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do (775 Nokcha-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do)
hours: March – October: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; November – February: 10:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM
days: Tuesday – Sunday (Closed on Mondays, January 1st, Seolal and Chuseok)
admission: adult: 1000 watts; Children: W500
What do you know about korean green tea
Korea ranks 29th among the world’s largest tea producers and exports 3,200 tons of tea every year. There are three main regions in Korea that are famous for tea production: Jeju Islandand Boseong in Jeollanam-do and Hadong in Gyeongsangnam-do. In South Korea, tea leaves are collected 3 to 4 times a year and the taste and quality of the tea depends on when it was picked.
The different types of tea are:
- Shay and John: This tea is made from the first young leaves that have grown after a harsh winter and are collected before April 20, known as Gokwoo. This fine tea has a smooth, fresh taste and aroma and is usually a very limited quantity.
- Since tea: This is the most common type of green tea and is made from the leaves that are collected during the early part of May before the leaf is fully fattened. This type of tea is also called Jakseol because it resembles a bird’s tongue.
- Jungjak tea: This tea is made from the leaves that are collected most in the middle part of May and provide a more generous taste.
- Dejak tea: Also known as Ipha, this tea is made from the more mature leaves of Jungjak. This tea was collected towards the end of May, and has a more astringent taste.
- yes cha: This tea is made from fully ripened tea leaves which are collected between June and July.
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