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Jul 16

A Perfect Day at the Boseong Tea Fields

Boseong Tea Fields

Bolstered by the success of my first Korean road trip, I decided to put Betty White to the test again in a girls weekend getaway to the Boseong Tea Fields. The rolling hills lined neatly with rows upon rows of green tea plants in the Boseong region are a famous destination for tourists and a filming location for commercials and TV shows, and not without good reason.

Boseong Tea Fields
Boseong Tea Fields

We splurged a little and stayed in the Nokcha Resort adjacent to the most famous tea fields, the Daehan Green Tea Plantation . The hotel was a collection of adorable little units enclosed in white picket fences and blooming gardens. Vibrantly green hills surrounded the hotel, with gorgeous views of tea fields on either side and a slice of the ocean below.

Nokcha Resort at Boseong Tea Fields Nokcha Resort at Boseong Tea Fields

 

We conveniently visited the weekend after  the Boseong Green Tea Festival so there was only a smattering of people (and thank goodness because I couldn’t imagine having to elbow my way through crowds in the narrow tea rows.) The sun smiled down on our pale shoulders and we couldn’t have asked for better weather!

Boseong Tea Fields

Boseong Tea Fields

Boseong Tea Fields

 

Boseong Tea Fields

Woman picking tea leaves

Boseong Tea Fields

Sampling the leaves… Turns out it’s not like instant tea

The plantation twists and turns and winds around the hill. And the stairs–my god, the stairs! No need for a gym workout, you can get your buns of steel just by spending an hour climbing up and down these never ending stairs; but in the end, the birds eye view of the plantation below and the islands in the distance is well worth it.

Boseong Tea Fields

Boseong Tea Fields

Boseong Tea Fields

 

And of course it wouldn’t have been a true Korean experience if we hadn’t become the object of photos, ourselves. Luckily I snapped a picture back just to document what it’s like to basically be a celebrity in Korea. (The guy in the middle is demonstrating what we should be doing with our arms… I guess he knows his friends have his picture covered).

Boseong Tea Fields

Boseong Tea Fields

Just doing what the man tells me

Boseong Tea Fields

Hiding from the crazy people and their giant cameras pointed at us

Boseong Tea Fields Boseong Tea Fields

 

After exploring the fields we stopped in the restaurant on the way back to the parking lot. Although exorbitantly overpriced, the appeal (besides being the only food available in the area to starving tourists) is that all the dishes are infused with green tea. My bibimbap was made with green tea rice; the noodles in our cold nangmyun soup were green; and the green tea mandu (dumplings) were quite possibly the best mandu I’ve tasted yet.

Boseong Tea Fields

We topped it all off with some refreshingly cold green tea ice cream before hopping in the car and heading off to our next tourist destination, the picturesque Nagan Eupseong Folk Village. More on that next time!

Boseong Tea Fields

  • Okay, I live so super close to these fields, it’s ridiculous. And I’ve still yet to visit them. 😛 Fail.

  • Rosana Díaz

    Hi, Kaleena! Your pictures are great ^^ Me and a friend are going to visit the Boseong Tea Plantation next April, but we don’t know where to stay. Well, we do know we want to stay very near de tea plantation as we will only be staying one night, so we don’t want to waste time. The thing is that we don’t have a car, so I was wondering if the Nokcha Resort is within walking distance from the tea fields, and how far it is from the bus and train station.

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Hi Rosana! April will be a beautiful time to visit Boseong. The Nokcha resort was very close and definitely walking distance from what I remember. Unfortunately I don’t know much else about the transportation. I’m sure there are buses that drop there so if you stayed in the nearby town you could bus out there for the day. Maybe this website can help you: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264293 Best of luck and have a nice trip! 🙂