This past weekend, I was able to go to the Green Tea Fields in Boseong with a friend. I was actually a bit nervous since it’s been getting colder and my co-teacher said it gets really cold in Boseong.
We met at Sasang Bus Terminal at around 8:30AM. I found a blog a few days earlier that said that buses left every 30-40 minutes from the Terminal. However, buses must have been sold out because the next bus with available seats was at 10:10. It’s a 4 hour ride from Busan to Boseong and there are about 5 to 6 stops along the way.
We got to Boseong at 2:30PM and chose to take a taxi to the fields instead of waiting for a local bus. (Hooray! It wasn’t cold!) Once we reached the grounds, we bought our tickets (₩4,000 per person) from the ticket machine. We were also starving, so we went to the restaurant right next to the ticket office.
Basically everything on the menu is green tea inspired. I got green tea noodles and my friend got green tea bibimbap. It was nothing special and a bit overpriced, but that’s to be expected. If I go again, I would probably go somewhere in the town for food.
Now, onto the fields.
After we got through the ticket booth, we walked down a path of trees and saw public bathrooms (named “The Last Restroom” which we found super funny). We walked a bit further and saw another restaurant, gift shop and cafe.
What hit me most at first glance were the trees. Fall is beautiful in Korea, and I’m so happy I got to go to Boseong during this time. I believe Spring is a peak times to visit the fields, but I would definitely recommend going in the autumn. Seeing the colors of the trees against the green of the fields and blue of sky was gorgeous.
The fields are so beautiful. My friend and I kept saying that to each other while we walked around and took pictures. Sometimes pictures don’t always do a location justice, but I felt taking pictures anywhere on the fields just gave us the perfect shot.
It also felt sort of peaceful being out there and walking around the grounds. Even though there were other people there with friends or family, it was pretty quiet.
We walked up to the top of the fields which was a kind of steep stair climb to get there. When you get there you see this amazing view of the trees and mountains in the distance. And again, the color of the trees at this time made the view even more amazing. We stood there for a moment just staring at everything, admiring the beauty of Earth for awhile before going back down.
As we went back down, we saw a couple taking what looked like wedding pictures in the fields. A good place to take your photos, I’m not gonna lie. We walked around for a little over an hour since we were trying to make the last bus from the terminal to Busan which would leave at 5:40PM. But, that hour was a good amount of time for us, especially since the sun was going to set soon.
We made our way to the small cafe to get some green tea ice cream. Of course, we couldn’t leave without trying some. We also walked a little bit around the gift shop that was open. They had green tea cookies, snacks, lots of tea and pretty, but expensive cups and tea sets as well.
Then, it was time to leave. The taxi driver we arrived with gave us a business card so that we could call when we needed to go back to the terminal. However, I was not that confident in using my Korean to call a taxi to pick us up. Calling anyone on the phone already makes me nervous, but add doing that in another language. I’ll pass.
Instead, we walked to the bus stop where the local bus would come and if a taxi passed while we waited, then we would just flag it down. (It was about 5:00pm now and we wanted to get to the terminal by 5:30 the latest) When we got to the bus stop, as we were looking at the schedule, a taxi passed us.
I waved a little like a madwoman at it and just as I thought it didn’t see me, the car began to back up toward us and the old man let us get in. I told him where we were going and when we arrived at the terminal he said “It’s just 2,000 won,” which guys, there’s no way that whole ride was only 2,000 won. He was a little angel. We thanked him a lot and then bought our tickets to get back to Busan!
Overall, it was a really great trip! I’ve been wanting to visit the green tea fields for a long time, and I’m glad I finally got to.
I said it earlier, but I recommend going during the fall because it’s so beautiful and it wasn’t really crowded. Also, I would suggest making this some sort of weekend trip (especially if you live in Korea or staying for an extended period of time). Stay in Gwangju or Suncheon, then you can take a bus to Boseong. Spend a couple of hours exploring the fields and town before going back. And this way you knock out two cities in one trip!