Best time to visit South Korea

Green Tea Fields in South Korea

Check where your favourite beverage comes from and don't forget to try some green tea ice cream and green tea noodle soup

Best time: April–August

Green Tea Fields
Green Tea Fields

The Boseong Green Tea Plantations in the South Jeolla Province are one Korea's landmarks. The most famous field is the Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation, which is naturally the most touristy. Most people come here either in spring, between late March and late April, to see the first new leaves on tea bushes, or in summer, from May to August, when the plantations along the terraced farmlands are in their prime.

There is something mesmerising about watching Korean ladies carefully picking green tea leaves. For those who love taking pictures, there is a specially designed photo area—a well-groomed patch of field, while the rest of the plantation often happens to be slightly overgrown. Even if you come in late autumn or winter, you'll see quite a picture, as the hillsides are always beautiful. The entrance fee costs about $3.

Other plantations, like Botjae Dawon Tea Plantation, tend to be less touristy, free to enter, but at the same time they might be less impressive. However, green tea ice cream is said to be the best here. You can also have a cup of hot green tea, or a portion of cold green tea noodle soup.

Practical info

When is the ideal time to see the freshly plucked green tea leaves?

You can witness the first leaves sprout from late March to late April, or see the plantations in their prime from May to August, if you want to see the freshly plucked green tea leaves in Boseong Green Tea Plantations. For the most part, during autumn and winter, the plantations remain beautiful and are worth visiting too. Show more

Where is the most famous green tea field in South Korea located, and is it touristy?

Located in the South Jeolla Province, Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation is known to be the most famous and touristy green tea field in South Korea. You will find the tea plantation a perfect spot for photos, with several scenic backdrops. While it is genuinely touristy, there are other tea plantations, including Botjae Dawon, that are less so but worth visiting in the South Jeolla Province. Show more

How much do I need to pay as an entrance fee to Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation?

Paying a little over $3 as an entrance fee allows you to experience the beauty of the tea garden when you visit Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation in South Jeolla Province. The tea plantation covers about 5.3 million square feet and is Korea's largest green tea plantation. With tats over 80 years, it's no surprise this is a top-rated tourist attraction in Korea. Show more

Which less touristy green tea plantations are worth exploring in the South Jeolla Province?

Botjae Dawon Tea Plantation is a great option and it's free to enter. The plantation, which is close to Daehan Dawon Plantation, is known for its excellent green tea ice cream. Enjoy this unique and most authentic ice cream in South Korea, and don't forget to try other less famous plantations like Hwansun Green Tea Plantation and Bosung Tea Plantation too. Show more

What unique culinary treats can I try at the Botjae Dawon Tea Plantation?

If you visit Botjae Dawon Tea Plantation, you can try some of the unique green tea-flavored foods, such as cold green tea noodle soup or green tea jelly, in addition to the famous green tea ice cream that's sold there. Visitors can also enjoy green tea smoothies and green tea milkshakes at the plantation cafeteria. All these unique culinary treats make a lovely experience you wouldn't want to miss. Show more

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