Boseong Green Tea Fields

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Flag of Korea Rep.  , Jeollanam-do,
Saturday, May 26, 2012

The highlight of our weekend trip was the visit to the Boseong Green Tea Plantations. This is quite a stretch getting to as its the southwestern corner of the country. However, the long commute was well worth it as we had ideal weather to enjoy the beautiful green layers of plantations. We also discovered and a spectacular landscape view of the ocean from the top of the mountain.

Walking over to the green tea plantation you first go thru a long path thru tall pine trees. This leads you to the entrance where you purchase a ticket for 3000w ($2.50). You then join the crowds for the main pathway up the hill

The green tea fields are many rows of plantations curved around a mountain all the way to the top. This continues to a couple of neighbouring mountains. Its very scenic and has become popular recently with many of my friends also visiting and posting pics. 

There are several directions to go in. As it was quite hot I wanted to stay in the shade but my friends wanted to take the long path hiking to the top. I didnt think there would be any point and the view wouldnt be as good looking down. 

So we went up the long steep climb and were rewarded with an amazing view, not only of the tea fields and layers of forest vegetation stretching to the ocean, but also a clear panorama view of the ocean and islands stretching across the horizon

youtube video : Boseong Green Tea Fields and Ocean View
http://youtu.be/0jwQYe6bouk

I dont think any of my friends who went before went to the top from their pics and it was a breathtaking view and a totally different perspective of the tea fields. Climbing down was a long path thru the pine trees leading us round to the far side of the mountain.  

We then went to the restaurant on the grounds for some green tea flavoured foods. They had bibimbap, seafood rice, noodle soup, and other items all flavoured with green tea. I had the seafood rice although I couldnt taste any hint of green tea. 

Finally we returned to the bus stop on the reverse side of the highway for the return back to the boseong bus terminal. 

Its definately worth visiting the tea fields despite the long distance to get there. If you have perfect weather like we did the reward of travelling so far will pay itself off as its a great place to take photos. If you want to climb to the top you are actually hiking a small mountain despite being disguised as a tea plantation.

This is called plantation one and there is a second plantation a few kms away although thats on flat ground and not as scenic. Also a short drive away is Yulpo beach where you can enjoy the seafront or find accomodation if you want to spend the nite here.  

 
 
 
Directions again for the tea fields : 
 

From the Gwangju Bus Terminal take a bus to Boseong for 7800w about 70 mins and every 30 mins. Then from Boseong terminal you take a local bus to Boseong Nokcha Bhat (green tea fields) for 1100w but there will be english signs and times posted. Look for the road signs for the Green Tea Museum and get off there. The museum is to the right of the parking lot and the tea fields are to the left. To return to Boseong goto the reverse bus stop thru the underpass on the other side of the highway 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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