Boseong County 보성군

Boseong 보성 is a small county in the South Jeolla Province 전라남도, known mostly for its green tea fields. It’s a great place to visit all year round because the tea leaves are mainly harvested in April and May. Then, during the summer, there are lots of beaches to swim in, and in the winter there are light festivals where the tea fields are lit up with thousands of lights.

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TRAVEL PLAN: ONE DAY ITINERARY

1. Daehan Dawon Tourist Tea Plantation 대한다원

2. Tea Museum of Korea 한국차박물관

3. Yulpo Beach 율포 해변

 

There’s no train station here, so you’ll have to get there by bus from Seoul or Gwangju (or other cities, but Seoul and Gwangju are two common starting points for Boseong). From Seoul there are buses twice a day at 8:10am and 3:10pm and it takes 5 hours. You could also take a bus or train to Gwangju and then take a bus to Boseong. From Gwangju, buses run every 30-40 minutes, and the trip takes 1.5 hours.

From the Boseong Central Bus Terminal, there is a local bus that goes to all three of the destinations on my itinerary, so you won’t have to worry about getting around without a car. However, as soon as you get off the express bus in Boseong, check out the schedule at the terminal, and take a picture on your cellphone for later. It’s posted right by the ticket booth.

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bus schedule

 

First take the bus to the Daehan Dawon Tourist Tea Plantation 대한다원. You can have lunch inside the plantation where there is a small restaurant/cafe that serves green tea flavored foods such as pork cutlet and noodles (국수). You can also get green tea ice cream and green tea lattes here, which I highly recommend. The tea bushes look like a silky carpet, and it’s a famous spot for taking photos.

FYI, green tea came to Korea in the 9th century when a Korean envoy brought back some seeds from China during it’s Tang Dynasty. Centuries later, in the 1930s Japanese colonists noticed Boseong’s rolling hills, rich soil, and humid climate, and established commercial tea plantations here. After World War II, most of these plantations were abandoned until a Korean capitalist bought some up in 1957 and established the Daehan Tea Plantation. Today, Boseong produces about 40% of Korea’s green tea.

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DSC04218 Daehan Dawon Tourist Tea Plantation Admission Fee:2,000 / adult

Parking Fee: free

Operating Hours: 9am – 7pm (Mar-Oct) / 9am – 6pm (Nov-Feb)

Average Viewing Time: 1-1.5 hours

Contact Information: 061) 852-4540    daehantea.co.kr

After you’ve checked out the plantation, you can walk back toward the parking lot, and from there up the brick red road to the Tea Museum of Korea 한국 차박물관. On the way there you’ll pass by this sculpture of a woman pouring some tea. DSC04255

One you get to the museum, you can learn about the history of how tea got to Korea and it’s impact on Buddhists and the upper classes. On the third floor, there is a green tea experience program where you can drink tea, while museum volunteers explain the tea drinking formalities, and the various pieces of ceramic ware used to serve tea.

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DSC04261 Tea Museum of Korea Admission Fee: 1,000 won / adult

Green Tea Experience Fee: 2,000 won / adult

Parking Fee: free

Operating Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mar-Oct) / 10am – 5pm (Nov-Feb) / Closed Mondays

Average Viewing Time: 1-1.5 hours

Contact Information: 061) 852-0918   koreateamuseum.kr

Now go back to the bus stop where you first got off for the plantation and you can get on the same for to get to Yulpo Beach. It’s a decent beach, and you’ll find plenty of restaurants and motels in the area to stay the night. Also, check out the Yulpo Sauna right on the beach which a government run green tea sauna. It combines sea water and green tea for extra health benefits for helping things like high blood pressure, arterial sclerosis, and removing dead skin.

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Yulpo Sauna Admission Fee: 5,000 won / adult

Operating Hours: 6am – 8pm 

Contact Information: 061) 853-4566

If you plan on staying here overnight, there are plenty of motels and restaurants near the beach. For dinner, I suggest some green tea fed pork 녹돈, during the winter you could also try a meal of ark shell clams 꼬박정식.

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If you have access to a car, I would also recommend that you check out Beolgyo 벌교 which is a village 45 minutes east of downtown Boseong. It’s the setting of the famous novel The Taebaek Mountains 태백산 which was later turned into a film in 1994.

 

 

Relevant Links

http://www.boseong.go.kr

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=257623

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=557091

 

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