Now that it's finally spring, I've been trying to get out of the house more and see some sights I didn't make it to last year. As some of you know, I'll be leaving Korea at the end of August this year, and I want to see as much as I can before that time.
I even have a Korean bucket-list, and this site - the Daehan Green Tea Plantation in Boseong - has been on the list for quite a while. All the pictures I had seen looked so lush and beautiful, and better yet they were rumored to serve amazing green tea ice cream.
Now, I'm not saying I spent four hours in transit so I could eat delicious ice cream, but I'm not not saying that either...
One important note to make. There is a light hiking component of this trip, so make sure to dress accordingly. For some reason I thought it was more of a flat-ground, 'stand-on-a-platform-and-see-cool-stuff' type of deal so I wore tights, flats, and a skirt.
As the trekking isn't too extreme, I ended up making it just fine, but I would have preferred to be wearing shorts and sneakers. Some parts were muddy and a bit steep, and leather flats aren't exactly the greatest choice when it comes to traipsing around on a mountain.
Don't worry, it's nothing too extreme, but it's just something to keep in mind when choosing your footwear.
Once you make it from it to the top, you are treated to some truly stunning views of the tea plantation below, and if the pollution isn't too bad (ours was kind of mid-grade) then you should be able to see the ocean beyond. After getting your fill of beautiful views, there are two ways down from the top.
One is to simply head back the way you came, and the other is to go down the back side of the mountain and then loop around. Once at the bottom we took a break and I finally got to enjoy my true motivation for coming - green tea soft serve! I got hooked on this stuff while in Japan, and have been dreaming about it ever since.
How to Get There - Starting in Daejeon
- Take the train to Gwangju Station (2.5 hours)
- Hop in a cab and head to the main bus station in Gwangju
- Buy a bus ticket for Boseong (about 8k won)
- Gwangju to Boseong bus (1.5 hours)
- Once in Boseong take a cab or city bus to Daehan Tea Plantation (A cab is about 10k won but as long as your with friends, it's not that expensive per person)
It is definitely a bit of a trek, especially if you live in Seoul or anywhere North of Daejeon. If you would like to spend some more time, I would suggest finding a place to stay for the night. You can either find a hotel/motel in Boseong (I've read that there is Korea style lodging in the nearby area of Yulpo), or just head back to Gwangju and spend the night there in one of the plentiful hostels.
All in all, I really enjoyed my trip to Boseong. If you're looking for something a little more high-octane, this trip might not be for you. But for me I really just wanted to get out of the house, enjoy the spring weather, and see somewhere new - the scenery was beautiful and the ice cream was delicious, so I couldn't really ask for anything more.
Enjoy the beautiful view!