As much as I love the city, I look forward to escaping the craziness. Recently I ventured three and half hours (by bus) to one of the most beautiful nature spots in Korea. I present to you the next installment of the KoREAL Deal series: Daehan Dawon Tourist Tea Plantation (대한다원). Foreigners in Korea know it better as the Boseong Green Tea Field.
This place has been on my ‘Korea Bucket List’ for quite some time now and when I saw I had a free Saturday AND the weather forecast looked promising, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go check it out!
The Green Tea Field is Korea’s one and only organic green tea farms that are open to the public. Considering it’s a big tourist attraction to both locals and foreigners, you would think that the farm would be really busy. Luckily on our visit, it wasn’t packed at all! People were coming and going at all times throughout the day so walking through the fields felt like you had the place to yourself.
At the Green Tea Field, you can climb the high hills to get a great view of the entire farm; watch the farmers at work; and even pick, brew and taste the tea yourself (pending availability). The Green Tea Field has been the location for many Korean dramas and commercials and I can see why! This place is absolutely breathtaking and a great spot to capture picture-perfect moments.
Before entering the grounds, there’s a Korean restaurant with green tea infused everything! We stopped at the and ate noodles and bibimbap – both green tea flavoured. It was delicious and satisfying!
From Busan to Boseong
There are many ways to get to Boseong. This is the best route for the best price, in my opinion.
Depart from: Sasang Bus Terminal (Seobu)
Length of ride: approx. 4 hours
Price: 19,000 KRW
Where to purchase a ticket: At the bus terminal or online (Note: This site is only in Korean so you will have to translate).
The buses leave at various times (the earliest starting at 6:00am). We took the 7:00am bus, since we had a 4 hour journey and wanted to get lots of exploring time in. Once you arrive at the Boseong Intercity Bus Terminal, you can take a short taxi ride to the field (~10,000 KRW).
From Boseong to Busan
Depart from: Boseong Train Station
Length of ride: approx. 4.5 hours
Price: 28,600 KRW
Where to purchase a ticket: Online (search Boseong and Busan for departure and arrival).
The S-train departs only once a day (5:00pm) and arrives into Busan Station around 9:30pm. I LOVED the S-train and would take it again in a heart-beat. Although it’s slower than a KTX (high-speed) train, the seats were hella comfy and each seat had an electrical plug!
The walk-about was leisurely, however you can break a sweat from walking up the steep hill to the top. Plus, there is no shade in the fields so it can get hot, hot, hot. Make sure to lather on the sunscreen.
I’m so happy I got to see Boseong and tick it off my Korea bucket list. If you are visiting Korea, I highly recommend taking a day trip to the Boseong Green Tea Field!
Don’t forget to pick up some green tea (and green tea flavoured chocolates!) and their famous green tea ice cream!!!
Boseong Green Tea Field is the KoREAL Deal!
Boseong Green Tea Field is open all year round.
Summer (March-Aug) 9:00am – 7:00pm
Winter (Sept-April) 9:00am – 6:00pm
Adults 4,000 KRW / Children & Seniors 3,000 KRW
Have you been to the Boseong Green Tea Plantation before? Have you tried green tea ice cream? (Confession: it was my first time eating this flavour!) If you like this post, pin it on Pinterest!
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