Boseong Green Tea Fields: How and When to Visit
The Boseong Green Tea Fields are a wonderful destination in South Korea. The lush green area is perfect for a weekend getaway for nature lovers and tea enthusiasts. Visit the Tea Museum of Korea, one of the largest tea plantations in the country and try your way through green tea drinks and food!
If you want to learn more about Korean tea culture, check out my ultimate guide to tea in Korea.
Why Visit Boseong?
South Korea is the 29th largest tea producer in the world with a yearly output of around 3,200 tons. The best-known tea production regions in Korea are Boseong in Jeollanam-do, Jeju-do, and Hadong in Gyeongsangnam-do, all of which hold an annual green festival.
Boseong is the most famous green tea area in Korea. Here, the tea plantation of Daehan Dawon is the largest and oldest tea plantation in the county of Boseong. Daehan Dawon dates back to 1937, when the first green tea trees were planted by Japanese colonialists.
However, the very first green tea plants in South Korea were brought from China around 1,200 years ago and planted at Ssanggyesa Temple in Hadong (in South Gyeongsang Province) by a Buddhist monk. To find out more about the green tea-producing area of Hadong, check out my Hadong guide.
When is the best time to visit the Boseong Green Tea Fields?
Boseong is actually a beautiful place to visit year-round. Still, most people visit either in spring (between late March and late April) to see the first new leaves on tea bushes, or in summer (from May to August) when the tea bushes are in their prime.
But even if you visit in late autumn or winter, you’ll see quite a scenery, as the hillsides are always beautiful – even when they are covered in pure white snow.
How to get to Boseong
Getting to Boseong is relatively uncomplicated. The best way to get to Boseong is by express bus. Boseong also has a train station but no access to any KTX (bullet train) lines.
Getting to Boseong by Train
From Seoul, you can take a regional train called “mugunghwa” (무궁화) but it’s super slow. This option will take approximately 5 hours and 20 minutes. Not a great option.
If you are still keen on taking the train, a faster option would be to take the KTX from Seoul and then transfer at Gwangju-Songjeong station. From there, you transfer to a slower mugunghwa train for Boseong Station. This option would still take between 3.5 and 4 hours.
Getting to Boseong by Express Bus
Taken a direct express bus is a great option. For those leaving from Seoul, the bus departs from the Express Bus Terminal in Gangnam (고속터미날) at 3:10 PM every day and arrives in Boseong at around 8:00 PM. There is also an additional departure time at 8:10 AM only on Saturdays and Sundays that arrives in Boseong at approximately 1:00 PM.
Getting to Boseong by Car
I chose to drive down to Boseong myself and it was a comfortable ride. The Inter-city is pretty well maintained and you can get some pretty decent views of Jeollado Province along the ride. There are several rest stops along the route allowing you to stop whenever necessary.
Boseong Green Tea Fields Tours
There are also several Boseong tours from Seoul and other parts of Korea. Here are the most popular options:
Boseong Green Tea Fields
What to do in Boseong
There is quite a lot to do in Boseong – especially for green tea lovers! From the tea museum and tea plantations to traditional teahouses and green tea ice-cream joints with a view – you won’t regret a trip to Boseong!
Daehan Dawon Tea Fields
This is one of the Boseong green tea fields open to visitors since 1957. Here, you can wander across 5,000,000㎡ of green tea fields and enjoy an outstanding scenery of green tea fields surrounded by a beautiful cedar forest.
The plantation also boasts various shops and restaurants where you can try and purchase anything green tea related; think green tea ice-cream and lattes, as well as savory dishes like green tea jajangmyeon, cold green tea noodles and even green tea bibimbap.
Address: 763-67, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do, 전라남도 보성군 보성읍 녹차로 763-67
Admission Fees: Adults – Individual 4,000 won / Group 3,000 won
Boseong Nokcha Naengmyeon
I spotted this neat place on Instagram and their green tea naengmyeon immediately caught my eye. These traditional Korean cold noodles are a popular dish, especially in summer.
Besides the yummy bowl of green noodles, you should also order their green tea tteokgalbi (grilled short rib patties).
Address: 2541-4 Heungseong-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Tea Museum of Korea
The Tea Museum of Korea is adjacent to the tea plantation and perfectly displays the history and culture of tea in Korea.
On three floors, visitors learn about the basic principles of tea cultivation and production and tea ceremonies in Korea and other parts of Asia.
The museum also displays a variety of tea sets by era in the Tea History Hall on the second floor. The Tea Experience Hall on the third floor offers educational programs for visitors to experience Korean tea culture hands-on.
Take the elevator up to the 5th floor to the observatory where you have some pretty views of surrounding tea fields.
Tip: Another great tea museum is the Osulloc Tea Museum in Jeju island.
Address: 775 Nokcha-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
While the green tea fields here aren’t as impressive as in Daehan Dawon, the main building actually is worth a visit.
The Botjae teahouse offers some more delicious green tea treats. For example, they have a stunning version of green tea bingsu. The green tea ice-cream here is also said to be the best in all of Boseong.
On top of that, Botjae has a rather large store where you can pick up different teas from the region and beyond. I bought two different kinds of green tea (ujeon = first harvest and sajek = second harvest) as well as a ceremonial grade matcha powder from the region.
Address: 745-4, Nokcha-ro, Hoecheon-myeon, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Chorok Ip Pyeolchineun Sesang Café
This amazing café is another one of my #boseong Instagram finds. It basically sits on a hill overlooking lush green tea fields.
The menu includes a handful of green tea flavored items; such as green tea latte and a very delicious green tea yogurt ice-cream (kind of like matcha fro-yo!).
A traditional bowl of fresh matcha and regular hot green tea is also available.
You can sit inside, Korean-style, sitting on the floor or outside on the balcony with amazing tea field views. The owners have also installed “photozone” trays from which you can take insta-worthy photos of your desserts.
Address: 613 Nokcha-ro, Hoecheon-myeon, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Yulpo Beach is only about a 10-minute drive from the Boseong green tea fields. My friend and I went here right after the Chorok Café from above to watch the sunset and have a chill evening.
There are a couple of seafood restaurants down there, as well as some coffeeshops and a 7-Eleven (where we picked up some snacks).
The beach itself isn’t anything special but there were quite a lot of people there (some of them even camping) and the vibe was actually kind of nice.
Just across from the beach, there is a seaside spa called Yulpo Haesu Nogchatang that has salt water pumped in for treatment baths as well as green tea baths. The spa is open from 6 am to 8 pm.
Address: 8 Uam-gil, Hoecheon-myeon, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Chununseook Hanok Teahouse
Of course you also have to try some traditional green tea when in Boseong – and this is the perfect place for that! The teahouse consists of various hanok buildings and a vast traditional garden. They even rent out rooms for visitors to stay at overnight.
I ordered a traditional green tea set at 11,000 won. They offer both ujeon (tea from the first harvest) and sejak (tea from the second harvest), which is a little cheaper at 8,000 won (for more information on the different Korean tea grades, check out this website).
Besides the traditional beverages, you can also order various coffee drinks, lattes, smoothies and lemonades. On top of that, there is also a good variety of sweet treats to choose from.
This teahouse is the perfect place to truly experience what Boseong is all about – delicious tea in a relaxed atmosphere!
Address: 211-9 Songjae-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Boseong Green Tea Fields
Where to stay in Boseong?
There are a couple of good options for staying overnight in Boseong. I opted for the popular (and quite large) Nokcha Resort. This hotel is located right next to the Tea Museum and the Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation. The location is perfect.
I booked my room directly on booking.com, which was super easy and fast. Rates start at around 80,000 KRW per night.
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