A Day Trip for the Boseong Green Tea Fields and Yulpo Beach

Boseong Green Tea Plantation
S ituated in the South Jeolla Province of South Korea are the Boseong Green Tea Plantations. We have been waiting all spring to visit the picturesque tea fields during peak season (May – August) to see what all the fuss was about.

It was quite a mission to get to Boseong Green Tea Plantations from just outside of Seoul. After about six hours of travel we made it! (Directions below!)

Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation

Boseong Green Tea Plantation

The first and most famous tea field we went to was Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation. Admission is 3,000 KRW (aprox. $3) per person. The lush green, curvy, beautifully lined rows of tea fields tucked between mountains and cedar trees was an overwhelmingly magnificent site. Not only do your eyes have sensory overload, but the scent of the green tea was in the air.

Daehan-Dawon-Sun-Shining


There is one particular area marked with a sign that reads “photo spot” that has the well groomed and maintained tea plants for the best photo opportunities. The rest of the tea fields are a little more overgrown. This tea plantation is also a filming location for a Korean Drama.[/text_output]

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After walking the grounds you can enjoy the different foods flavored with green tea and shops selling the local tea and products. We indulged ourselves with a cold green tea noodle soup and our favorite, green tea ice cream.

 Botjae Dawon Tea Plantation

About a 5 minute walk out of the entrance to the right is another tea plantation named Botjae Dawon. This place was empty and we weren’t sure if we were at the right place for a moment. This place has more of a mom and pop farm feel to it compared to the touristy Daehan next door.

Boseong Green Tea Plantation - Botjae


We walked the grounds in about 10 minutes. The good thing was it was free, however, the place was really run down and not worth visiting. Afterward, we decided to get some more green tea, which was the best decision we could have made.  The green tea ice cream at Botjae was surprisingly better! So if you are only planning to try once, come here for the green tea ice cream! 

Green Tea Ice Cream


 Yulpo Beach 

This small beach town is a 10-minute ride by bus or cab from the tea fields. We were visiting during low tide and the most of the sand was more like wet mud with sand crabs scurrying everywhere. It would have been more beautiful had it been a day where the skies were clear and you could see the neighboring mountains in the sea.


There really is not a whole lot to do here, but if you are stuck here overnight or for a few hours there is a seaside resort spa called Yulpo Haesu Nogchatang that has salt water pumped in for treatment baths as well as green tea baths. The spa is open from 6 am to 8 pm.

We didn’t enjoy Yulpo all that much. We are a bit spoiled being from California, and maybe it was a combination of being from Southern California and being there during May, but it was one of the worst beaches we’ve ever seen. The best part of it was having the sand between our toes that reminded us of home. We called it a day after an hour walking along the sand, grabbed some magkeolli and chatted with some locals as we waited for the bus to start heading back to Gwangju.

Overall, Boseong is a beautiful area to visit. If you are from Seoul, it can be a long journey to travel. If you’re ready to get started check out the tabs below to give  you directions from specific destinations.

Directions 

Tips for Directions
The tabs below are made to make navigating to the tea fields a bit easier to digest each step. If at any point on your travels you need to refer to a step, just click the tab and start from there.
We took the KTX from Haengsin Station to the Gwangju KTX Station.

We took the KTX from Haengsin Station to Gwangju.
Approximately 4 hour ride
41,300 KRW per person each way (around $41.30)
*Train available every 30 minutes starting at 7:05 am (we suggest you take the earliest departure time)

You can also leave from Yongsan and Seoul Station if those are closer to you.

From the Gwangju KTX Station we had to get to U Square Bus Terminal to connect to Boseong.

Directions to Boseong Tea FieldsYou can take the local city bus #30 outside the KTX station to U-Square Bus Terminal. The bus station will be across the street and the first one on the right.

In case you have any issues or want to double check. There is an information desk right outside the Gwangju KTX Station.

Travel time is Approximately 20 minutes. You will see U-Square on your left. It is huge and hard to miss!

U-Square-Location

From Gwangju U-Square Bus Terminal you need to get tickets to the Boseong Bus Terminal

Approximately 1 hour 40 minute ride

*There is a bus that leaves every 30 minutes

Directions to Boseong Tea Fields

Boseong Bus Terminal to Tea Fields

Take local bus to Green Tea Plantation – Not sure on how often it comes.

Cab ride was 10,000 KRW ($10) from the bus terminal to Daehan Dawon Green Tea Plantation

Travel time – Roughly 15 minutes

Daehan Dawon to Yulpo Beach

Time-Tables-for-Green-Tea-BusBus stop directly out front of the tea plantation by the road. See time table below.

Cab ride was approximately 7,000 KRW ($7)

Tea Fields back to Boseong Bus Terminal

Look for this!

Look for this!

This bus stop is actually the corner of what looked like a car repair shop and restaurant. Do not be fooled by the actual bus stop nearby, we waited here and missed the first bus.

Look for this sign and wait at the corner. We’ve embedded a map below to help you find the general area. There’s also a timetable to make sure you are there on time 😉

This ride is about 20-25 minutes.

Time-Tables

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Scott Herder

Scott has been traveling with his Fiancé Megan since 2014. Prefers slow travel, beer, spicy food, and motorbikes. When Scott isn't thinking about travel he is either shooting hyperlapse or speaking about hyperlapse photography at international conferences.I love travelling and learning. Currently trying to learn how to take better photographs, use this website, and begin travelling the world. Life goals to have Anthony Bourdain's job and travel through India on a motorbike!

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  • Carl Hedinger

    Good to see you made it out to Boseong but sorry that you didn’t like Yulpo. Korean beaches on the south coast are a mixed bag and yeah, probably don’t even half measure up to California. Sorry but I don’t know how to compare since I’ve never seen the U.S. west coast. Anyway, sea air always gets me and living near the water has been a lifesaver. Looking forward to your next post!

    • It may just not have been the right time of the year, thats what the locals told us. Not sure though some other photos of it looked pretty nice. It was definitely nice having the sensation of sand between our toes again. I definitely missed that!

  • LifeOutside of Texas

    I really enjoyed Boseong when I visited there last year. I didn’t even realize there was a second tea farm. Happy to hear I didn’t miss out on much. We went pretty early so it wasn’t that busy, which was nice. Looks like the weather was perfect for your trip. You took some really beautiful photos!

    • Haha ya the second one is right next door! But you didn’t miss much except for some super cute jindo dogs. The weather was really nice. We have been pretty lucky since most of our trips are last minute!

  • In a country where there is a lot of uniformity, Boseong is definitely one of the most unique places in Korea. This is a pretty good impression of what it’s like there.

    The ice cream is indeed great. Did you eat at the restaurant there? I had 김치찌 (kimchi jjigae) that was infused with green tea. Doesn’t sound too appealing but it was pretty good!

    Did you try out the green tea baths? I agree that the beach itself isn’t all that great but that bath was amazing for me. Maybe it was placebo, but I definitely felt super refreshed after trying it out.

    • Matt, thanks for the kind comment, we definitely liked the area and that is a good point now that you mention it. Very different than what else we have seen.

      We had some cold noodles there, on the rooftop restaurant above the ice cream didn’t care for it too much. Typically when we go on day trips we pack our own food especially closer to the 10th since thats when we get paid and we are on a tight budget.

      The baths were on our radar but after we got there and saw there wasn’t much to do in Yulpo, we decided to head back to Gwangju to do a hike in Gwangju instead of stay at Yulpo. We did a bath like it at Asan so we skipped it here. They are super refreshing though!

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  • How was the cold green tea noodle soup? That piqued my interest, it sounds strange and fantastic! When I make it down to Boseong, I’ll make a point to find some of that!

    Great photos, btw, this place looks amazing!

    • The green tea noodle soup wasn’t anything to write home about. You can get it just above the green tea ice cream though.

  • The Travel Liz

    Beautiful photos – even the green tea ice cream looks good! ( :

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