CONTRIBUTED BY ZOE V.
Boseong is Korea’s tea growing capital and its beauty is often depicted in dramas and movies. I’ve been wanting to make the trip there for a while but have always been put off by the 5 hour train journey! But one weekend, with a book in hand, I finally made the journey down to one of the most beautiful places in Korea.
Upon entering you can pick up a map with a walking trail for you to follow. The plantation really is stunning, but also quite a climb to get to the top for the really amazing views. Whilst you can enjoy the fields from the bottom, you are certainly restricted in what you can do if you have a stroller or our unable to walk on unsteady ground.
After our slightly strenuous hike we were rewarded with the freshest, most delicious green tea ice-cream.
We then strolled through the bamboo forest before finding a nearby restaurant for dinner. All the local restaurants have green tea infused into their menus, including green tea noodles and green tea samgyeopsal (pork belly).
There is also a fabulous gift store where you can buy green tea (slightly expensive, but oh so worth it) as well as all sorts of other green tea products. I bought the crackers and chocolate,s and whilst both were good I am still obsessing over the chocolates and dying to get my hands on some more!
Boseong Green Tea Plantation
Operating Hours: open all year round.
Summer (March-October) 09.00-19.00
Winter (November-February) 09.00-18.00
Adults: 4,000 won
Youth, Children and Seniors: 3,000 won
Address: 763-43, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 보성군 보성읍 녹차로 763-43
GPS Coordinates: 34.7148119, 127.08098270000005
How to get there:
Bus: The only bus option requires you to travel to Seoul first. From Seoul Express bus terminal there are 2 buses per day direct to Boseong. There are also several buses to Gwangju and from there you can take a second bus to Boseong.
Train: This is the option we took. The two nearest stations to Osan AB are pyeongtaek and suwon, either of which are accessible by car or subway. There is only one train per day from each of these stations that leaves mid-morning and arrives mid-afternoon. The journey takes approximately 5 hours. You can buy online at the Korail website but the train is very rarely full so we just bought at the station. Note: to buy tickets online it requires you to enter your passport number and accepts both Korean and foreign cards.
Drive: Parking is free at the site. However, this is a lonnnng drive so I wouldn’t recommend unless you plan on staying awhile in the area.
click to enlarge photos of train website