Boseong Green Tea Plantations
Located about 5 hours from Seoul, the Green Tea Plantations are well worth a visit. Almost half the green tea production in Korea comes from this area. In the spring, the air is filled with the aroma of green tea. The Boseong Tea Festival is held in May but you can go any time (K4E post information in What's Going On - the festival's website is in Korean only).
If you live in Seoul, you’ll probably want to make this a weekend trip. There are plenty of accommodation choices in the area, ranging from minbaks (home stay), hotels, inns and condos. Prices range from around W40,000/night on up. During the festival period and ‘high-season’, reserving early may be a good idea. However, at other times, you can easily find a bed without much advance booking. The Boseong Tourism and Korea Tourism staff can provide information.
There are a number of tea plantations in the area, including the Daehan Tea Plantation and next door (up the road) Botjae Tea Plantation. Daehan is the one most often visited, in part because of its size, age and various amenities such as restaurants (with a green tea theme, of course), shops, etc. Botjae offers a wonderful view of the terraced hillside stretching all the way to the sea. Entrance to Daehan is around W2,000.
Seawater and Green Tea Baths
A little up the road toward Yulpo Beach is a spa that specializes in a combination seawater and green tea baths, Yulpo Haesu Hogchatang. You can get there with the local bus you took to get to the tea plantations, if you’re not driving. If you’re not into trying these specialty bath, the spa offers tea-free sea and fresh water options as well. Entrance fee is under W4,000.
Not surprisingly, green tea is added to many Jeollanam-do dishes. One specialty is Nokdon Samgyepsal (grilled bacon-like meat from porks that were fed green tea leaves).
You can get to Boseong by either bus or train if you aren’t driving. The train does require a transfer to a bus between Suncheon Intercity Bus Terminal and Boseong (about an hour’s ride). You can catch the train to Sucheon from Yongsan Station in Seoul. There are direct buses from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Boseong (about a 5-hour ride).
Once in Boseong, you can take a local bus from the Boseong Bus Terminal to get to the tea plantations. If you’re not sure which one to take, someone in the terminal is sure to help or you can contact the 1330 helpline or if you need translation, BBB at 1588-5644.
You can find out what’s going on in Boseong, get a list of accommodations options and other information from the Boseong County Tourism and Culture Division at 061-850-5224 (if no English speaker, contact 061-1330).
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Last Updated on 2011-11-19
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