The Boseong Green Tea Festival
Boseong Green Tea Plantation
There is a fun and exciting festival in Korea this May, actually this is an annual festival every May. This year it's going to be hold at 1-5 May 2010 in Boseong green tea plantation, Jeollanam-do, South Korea. The exact venue is : Green Tea fields, Jeollanam-do Boseong-gun Boseong-eup
I found this quite interesting because I love eco touring and this is considered one. I love fresh air and the beautiful scenery. The Boseong green tea plantation is definitely has a gorgeous scenery. The name Boseong according to wikipedia, was given during the Unified Silla.
Boseong is just an hour and about 20 minutes drive from the metropolitan city of Gwangju, and if you travel from Seoul, it's about six hours. The green tea plantation is so beautiful and neat. The best time to visit is around May and June.
The landscape is amazing. You may feel relax and comfortable when you enjoy the beautiful cedar trees at the entrance of the plantation. The shape of the tea bushes that rising in regular curves are great.
The Cedar Trees
Historically, Boseong is best known for its high quality of tea product. Boseong has mild temperatures and low humidity. So, the green tea plantation is really the best here.
The Boseong Green Tea Festival is one of the most festival event in South Korea. The festival include the activity of picking tea leaves, making tea, and try some snacks made from green tea. Tourists may experience tea exhibition and tea sale. Also some celebratory performances are going to perform during the festival.
The Programs during Boseong Green Tea Festival,
Official Events : Evening Festival (The Night of Many Scents), Downtown Parade, Torch Relay, Pre-Opening Ceremony, Celebratory Performance & Fireworks
Illimsan Mountain Royal Azalea Festival : Sansinje Ritual, Family Mt. Climbing, Sampling Green Tea and Sharing Green Tea Rice Cake in pursuit of Unification , Tying “Love Mt” Ribbons
Exhibitions : Exhibition of Proper Attire for Tea Etiquette, World’s Fine Tea Cups Exhibition, Exhibition “The Life of Tea”, Exhibition of Boseong Tea Collection & Special Offers, Boseong Tourist Photo Exhibition, Environmental Photo Exhibition, local specialties & produce, Exhibition of House Plants, Exhibition of Forestry Equipment, Exhibition of Illimsan Mt. Ecological Samples, Exhibition of Wild Flowers, photo show titled “Love Nature”
The Hands-on Experience Programs : picking tea leaves, making tea, making tea bowls, cooking tea food, making green tea kimchi, Green Tea Beauty Health, making green tea rice cake, planting your own green tea seedlings, writing a family motto, celebrity 'meet and greet’ in promotion of green tea production, Trying out Nokdon (green tea pork), free sampling of green tea, making green tea soap, baking and sampling of green tea bread, trying out Hanji art craft, bus tour to green tea field.
For More information, you may call :
Korea Travel Phone +82-61-1330 (English, Japanese, Chinese)
For more info +82-61-850-5223~4 (Korean)
Sansinje Ritual is a ritual service for the god of mountains
Boseong green tea fieldsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Boseong Light Festival
Green tea books
How to get there :
Tourists can choose between two main routes from Seoul to Boseong. By train and by bus. Of course you may drive your own.
By train and bus, take the KTX from Seoul to Gwangju about 3 hours. Once in Gwangju, go to the Gwangju Bus Terminal and take an intercity bus headed for Boseong, about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
After you arrive at Boseong Bus Terminal, take a bus headed for the Green Tea Plantation and Yulpo about 10-15 minutes ride.
There is also an express bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal that is headed to Boseong. about 5 hour drive.
If you like green tea and fresh air, you may visit there someday. It's really a satisfying place and you may take your family there.
This green tea plantation is also become many Korean dramas location, also the filming locations of commercials. There are many gorgeous spots to visit, like :
The green tea fields are the most gorgeous and the tea trees blanket the landscape like a soft green carpet, creating some of the most picturesque views. Like in Korean "Summer Scent" drama.
Also don't forget the cedar trees line, the perfect lines of 20-meter high cedar trees that already has a romantic setting.
Boseong Green Tea in Korean Drama "Summer Scent"Click thumbnail to view full-size
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