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First Tourist Attraction: Green Tea Plantation
- Location: 763-67 Nokcha-ri, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do (1288-1 Bongsan-ri)
- Land area: 1,164ha(1,097 rural households)
- Features: terraced farm/ shooting location of movies, TV programs and commercial films
- ※ Daehan Dawon: 061-852-2593 Ticket office: 061-852-4540
- The pride of the valuable town Boseong is its tea plantation (茶園).
- The terraced tea plantation covers the entire mountain like a green and fresh ocean. It looks like a silk wave, green carpet or well-groomed garden trees. The largest tea producing area in Korea, Boseong has a terraced tea plantation on a mountainous area and its tea flavor and taste never fall behind wild tea as a quality product.
- Boseong has a wild tea plantation of wider than 3ha, and, therefore, it can be called a tea plantation county other than the ones created after the Korea Liberation from the Japanese Colonial rule. Boseong has the best conditions to produce tea with the best color, taste and flavor, including its moist earth, a large daily temperature difference, and many foggy days.
- With the tea plantation started in 1939, a vast area for tea plantations was created in the 1960s. The area of tea plantations once was more than 600ha. However, due to a sluggish tea industry in Korea, the tea plantation area decreased to 425ha, which accounts for 40% of the national tea production. Boseong has held the Boseong Green Tea Festival every 10th of May since 1985 in order to verify the application of green tea through Dasinje (茶神祭), tea-picking, tea-making and development of the nation’s one and only seawater green tea spa. Boseong enhances values of tea through the development of tea-based food and commercialization of tea-fed beef and pork.
- The record of green tea as a specialty of Boseong can be found in old documents. Tea plantations have been created since 1939, and the general public started to drink tea as life became comfortable in the 1990s. Boseong’s green tea plantation became a popular tourist attraction thanks to its appearance in commercial films and dramas.
- It has been said that Dae-Ryeom Kim, the envoy of the Shilla Dynasty to the Tang Dynasty under the reign of the King Heungdeok, introduced tea to Korea. Tea culture was at its highest point during the Goryeo Dynasty. Royal family, monks, and even commoners enjoyed drinking tea. There was even a government post, ‘Dabang,’ that managed tea, as there was a tea contributing ritual in every national event such as the installation ceremony of the Crown Prince.
- Tea is picked before and after April 20th (Kogu), and the teas picked at that time have a good aroma and taste, called Ujeoncha. The tea leaves picked near May 4th (Ipha) are called Sejak, Jungjak, and Daejak. Good quality tea has a good taste, while low quality tea is good for one’s health. Drinking tea clears the mind and is good for hearing, eyesight, digestion, and hangovers. It also helps people sleep less, be less thirsty, and less tired. The fresh, green tea plantation makes you feel like having a cup of tea in a calm place full of the aroma of tea.