Republic of South Korea has some spectacular places that are known for their beauty. Boseong is one of them. It is situated in the southern coast of Korean Peninsula in the province of Jeollanam. This place is specially known for the wonderful tea gardens. It is also the birthplace of the Korean independence activist Philip Jaisohn.
The green tea was introduced to Korea around 1000AD from China. The Boseong was considered the perfect place for green tea cultivation due to its mild climate and fertile soil. During the Japanese occupation of Korea in the early 20th century it became more productive and fruitful and since then Boseong is producing approximately 40% of the nation’s green tea output. Large areas of Boseong consists of mountains such as Mangil-Bong, Jonje Mountain and Joowol Mountain.
The view of lush green tea fields in the aromatic atmosphere puts pleasant reflexes to the visitor. However walking through these fields also requires due care as these are the valleys of poisonous snakes. The way of Korean women working in the fields and picking tea leaves by their hands is also worth seeing. The tea leaves are harvested in the spring time because that is when new small leaves grow on the bushes and they plucked to be dried to make green tea. After plucking, they are kept in the tea plantation stores and tea tasting rooms.
Daehan Tea Plantation is the most visited place in this area. This is the oldest, largest and the loveliest tea garden. Containing of an area over some 561 hectares of hillside, the fields are a magnificent mix of rows of green tea and beautiful forests. There is also a historic place known as Beolgyo on a 45 minutes drive in the east of downtown Boseong, on the road to Suncheon where visitors can learn about the catastrophic cauldron of colonialism, polarization and war in which modern South Korea was born.