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History of Boseong Tea

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Historical Record of Boseong Green Tea (Literature)
  • According to an official historical Boseong-gun record, tea was cultivated and processed as a beverage for the first time when Boghol-gun was merged with Mahan county of the Baekjae dynasty (King Geuncho, about 369 BC).
  • Monks of the Daewon Buddhist temple first cultivated a tea plantation in Mundeog-myeon, Boseong-gun around 494 BC during the reign of King Dongseong of the Baekjae dynasty. Tea trees are still cultivated on the original tea plantation fields to this day.
  • Wongjeom Daso (located in the Woongchi area) has been cultivated from the middle of the Korea dynasty to the early Chosen dynasty.
  • Tea is described as a native product of the Sangyang-ji area (recorded in February 741: Seungjeong-giwon-whujae-sinu)
    • Tea was produced long before 1478 (tea, nutmeg nut, ramie, rush, etc).
  • Togongji in Sejong-Shilrok-Jiriji (geographic description in the official records of King Sejong)
    • 34 areas of production (6 areas in Gyeongsang Province, 28 areas in Jeolla Province (including Boseong)
  • Native products were recorded (tea, hemp, cotton, ramie fabric, rice, barley, beans) in the Boseong-gun chapter (Volume 40, Page 705) of the Dongguk-yeoji-seunglam (Year 1478).
    • Myeong-Bae Kim, Tea, History of Korean Tea, Part 4, Chapter 2, Area of Tea Production (Hak-Moon Sa)
  • An inscription can be seen on a Boseong Pagoda several hundred years old: "Hometown of Tea, Boseong"
    • For hundreds of years tea was presented to the King and even accepted as an alternative for paying taxes in lieu of coin or bullion.
  • Extended cultivation since 1960: History of Boseong-gun (1995)
    • Restoration of tea culture and Boseong (Chapter 5)
The 1930s
  • Year 1939
    : A tea plantation planted for the first time in Korea - 30ha (Kyeongseong Chemical Ltd)
    : Background: The top soil is deep and water drains well. Since Boseong has fertile soil with gravel and is situated where continental and oceanic climates converge, a mist is created in the mornings that creates a natural shade. Green tea produced in Boseong possesses the best aroma and distinctive flavors. Because of such optimal geographical and climatic conditions, as well as an historical tradition, large-sized tea tree communities have naturally formed in Boseong.
    Japanese tea specialists have recognized Boseong as the best place to produce tea.
The 1940s
  • Year 1946~1973
    : Development of 590ha as a special income project for farming and fishing villages (nationwide 800ha)
The 1950s
  • Year 1957
    : Bought and managed Daehan Tea Industry Co. Ltd, (Yeong-Seop Jang)
The 1960s
  • Year 1965
    : 50ha by Daehan Tea Industry, 30ha by Mong-Jung San (Orient) Tea Plantation
  • Year 1969
    : Subsidized cultivation and planting as a special income project for farming and fishing villages.
The 1970s
  • Demand for tea decreased from the second half of the 1970s. Frost damage forced the closure of some tea plantations and the size of cultivated land eventually decreased to 241ha.
  • Year 1973
    : Extended area of cultivation to 590ha as part of a special income project for farming and fishing villages (The size of the tea plantations in Boseong accounted for 74% of the total of tea plantations nationwide, 800ha.)
  • Year 1975
    : Daehan Tea Industry acquired permission for tea processing.
The 1980s
  • Year 1982
    : Jagseol Garden (Chan-Sik Seo - organized a meeting of tea tree cultivators and producers)
  • Year 1985
    : The 1st Boseong Tea Hometown Festival (organized tea tree cultivators meeting)
The 1990s
  • Year 1990
    : Farmers started cultivating tea trees and produced tea products.
  • Year 1996
    : Boseong-gun established “10-year plan for county-wide tea tree cultivation” as a special project.
The 2000s
  • Year 2004
    : Carried out the “263 plantations, 95ha project” (Project Cost: 2.83 million KRW). The size of cultivated land reached 646.3ha comprising 537 plantations.
  • Year 2007
    : 1,363 plantations cultivate green tea on 1,148.7ha.