Photos of Boseong caught my eye a few months ago and I knew it had to go on our to-do-list while living here in South Korea.
We finally made it to the South Jeolla Province in October and it was so stunningly beautiful that I had to share some of our adventure here in hope that, you too, will be inspired to take a trip to this beautiful region.
From Busan, it would be a good 4-hour drive. As it was, we had a few days holiday so combined the trip with a stay in Namhae, which then made the drive about an hour from the island, so it’s a good option if you want to break up the journey or see some other sights along the way.
Known for it’s tea plantations and delicious green tea specialities, we knew we were in for a day of getting back to nature and taking in some beautiful scenery. Even before hitting the main tea plantation, the roads from Namhae to Boseong gave a spectacular perspective of the area we were about to visit.
The Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation is the most well known spot of the region and, if you only have time to do one thing while here, make it this! From the moment we stepped out of the car in the car park, we were greeted by a woodland path fringed with tall cedar trees giving into a little enclosed area with just a taster of what was to come from the green tea fields.
Following the path up we arrived at a coffee shop and the ticket office, sat at the entrance to the plantation. There is a small fee to enter, but, for the sights that you are about to see, it is well worth it. The cost when we were there in 2017 was 4,000won for adults and the children were free of charge. Group rates and senior rates are also available and can bring the price down to as little as 2000won per person. Maps of the area are available in Korean and English and it’s when looking at the area that you realise how much there is to see. Choose to follow some of the trails or, as we did, just wander around and go wherever the moment takes you!
The tea plantation is immaculately maintained with the sea of green standing proud on a day with a perfect blue backdrop. Rows and rows of tea leaves stretch as far as the eye can see and roll into the hillsides with apparent ease. With children, the gardens gave lots of opportunities for maze-like pathways and running around and even our youngsters could see the natural beauty of the place we were discovering and really enjoyed it. I really can’t fault the plantation at all; there are some photo points set up for getting the best possible shots but I’ll be honest and say that the opportunities are endless – everything is picture-perfect…. and it was just stunning.
They say the high season runs from May to September ( they hold their ‘Dahyangje Tea Festival’ every May) but we visited outside of this period and it was still just as enjoyable. If anything, perhaps there were a few less visitors which meant getting photos (and flying our drone!) was even easier. It certainly wasn’t crowded, but I’m sure it can be!
Don’t think you’ve missed the opportunity this year to make a trip to the region. Coming up in December is their yearly Light Festival when thousands of little bulbs will light up the rows of tea; there’ll be dragons and tunnels of lights and and perhaps even a touch of Christmas to brighten your visit.
No matter what time of year you venture to the region, you’ll be spoilt by cafes and tea shops offering a number of ‘green tea’ inspired food and drinks. From green tea bingsu and ice cream to green tea lemonade and shakes. We’d heard great things about the ice cream here and I can’t say that we were disappointed! Definitely a must-try in one of the cafes sat amongst the rolling hills of Boseong.
You could easily spend a half day at the Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation; we certainly took our time and enjoyed exploring, but you could make the visit shorter by far. Once leaving the plantation, you will notice that just opposite there is a large building set up on a hill. We weren’t sure what it was but did venture over.
This impressively large building is Botjae Tea House but it’s a little bit forgotten about. The lower floor houses a museum-type exhibition about tea and the history of the plantations in Boseong and you can wander around freely both inside or in the gardens outside. Upstairs you will find their tax free Botjae Green Market for souvenirs and tea-inspired goodies and opposite is a very light and spacious coffee shop with indoor and outdoor seating and some pretty decent views!
We loved Boseong; its beauty really was as the photographs suggested. Open all year round from 9am daily with free parking and access to acres of lush green gardens, I can only recommend you fit this little gem into your South Korean adventures and stop by some time soon. if you do, let us know what your thought…..!