Boseong – The Capital of Korea’s Green Tea
Boseong county is located in the south-west of the Korean peninsula. The history of Korean tea cultivation can be traced back to this county, with a history well over 1,600 years. And still today, over 40 % of the Korean production of green tea comes from here, Korea’s largest tea-growing area. Moreover, Boseong Green Tea is the first agricultural product of Korea that has been registered as a geographical indication, proving its outstanding quality.
The largest tea plantation in Boseong is just a few kilometers south of the main town. This plantation is not only known for its high quality Green Tea but also for its stunning view on never-ending tea plants. These plants are located on a hill site and meander here in an S-shape over the terraces on the slope and invite you to take a refreshing walk between the beautiful tea plants. A visit here is most beautiful in May, when the tea plants are in full bloom. This is also the time of Boseong’s Aromatic Green Tea Festival.
What makes Boseong’s Green Tea so special?
In addition to the long history and tradition, the region’s special climate is what makes Boseong Green Tea a unique and unforgettable experience. In order to create an excellent tea, several conditions must be met. Most importantly: warm weather, but also a lot of rainfall throughout the year. The southern region of Jeollanamdo is providing all this. The climate is mild and the average annual temperature is around 12.5 °C, with 10% more sunshine than the national average. At the same time, Boseong is also one of the rainiest regions in Korea, with an annual rainfall of around 1500 mm.
Moreover, the producers in Boseong take great pride in the superb quality of their teas. All teas from Boseong are produced organically and tea producers work together closely to ensure the quality of their tea.