Korea: Boseong Green Tea Festival

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 9 comments

Boseong Green Tea Festival

April and May ushers in the tea season here in Korea and Korean traditional tea is celebrated at the Boseong Green Tea Festival in May. Welcome to week 329 (5/25/2107) of Travel Photo Thursday. Enjoy this photo essay of everything the festival has to offer.

We arrived in a gentle rain and climbed the hill past the lush terraced tea fields to our first stop, the tea leaf drying shed.  We were supposed to pick the leaves before arriving at the drying shed, but the inclement weather resulted in a quick change of plans.

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Boeseong Green Tea Festival

Korea Tea

Lots and lots of tea leaves are dried here.

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

It takes approximately an hour to clean the leaves and dry them in the gas roaster.

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

While in the roaster we were busy little bees tossing the leaves constantly. They dried faster with the air circulation and went in and out of the roaster four times before our tea leaf making masters were satisfied the leaves had reached the perfect level of dryness.

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

Voila! We each have our own perfectly dried tea leaves to take home and brew in our waiting teapots.

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

Next, it was off to the tea museum where you can learn everything there is to know about tea growing and tea making. Loved the fact that the exhibits are English “friendly”!

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

My favorite display was this stunning silk tea ceremony robe featured with a number of teapots and bowls. I closed my eyes and could envision the elegant ceremony unfolding with this colorful robe as the centerpiece. Can you?

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

 

Then, it was off to a private dining room where we were served a traditional Korea meal prepared by local Korean ladies. The side dishes you see here are called banchan, and believe it or not more arrived after we sat down to eat.

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

The main course was bulgogi, melt in your mouth marinated grilled beef.  Each of the banchan was prepared to perfection and complemented the beef perfectly.

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

Korean Traditional Tea

Then, it was back to the Boseong Green Tea Festival and checking-in to our onsite Korean style hotel. If you ever visit Korea and stay in a Korean style hotel, you will sleep on the floor on a yo, which is a thick blanket. Honestly, not my favorite bed, but okay for one night and especially when you’re tired. I think I could have slept on a rock that night! After checking in, we headed next door to the main stage and the evening tea drinking area. Luckily the rain had stopped, and we were treated to some great teas and a variety of traditional music. This was easily my favorite event of the Boseong Green Tea Festival. The ladies preparing the tea looked gorgeous in their hanbok and were genuinely excited to introduce us to Korean tea and cookies. I lingered at each table enjoying the wee cups of tea on offer while enjoying the traditional performance.

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

Along with the green tea, matcha tea was also on offer.

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

Readers can view a video that I shot of the traditional music and dancing here. 

The next morning we were up early to visit the fields to pick tea leaves. This was one event that didn’t excite me and the fields were muddy from the evening rain. I enjoyed myself wandering around taking photos.

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

The remainder of the day was slow paced as we were on our own to enjoy the market area where we ate lunch and sampled more tea available from the various tea vendors on site.

I enjoyed watching the matcha tea being whisked and then savoring the fresh flavor.

 

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

I discovered my new favorite tea, magnolia. The tea is light and fresh with just a hint of flower. I bought a small bag to enjoy at home. Two of the delicate petals makes a relaxing pot of tea to enjoy with a good book or a favorite movie.

 

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Boeseong Green Tea Festival

 

The bus trip back to Seoul was uneventful, although long. If you do travel by bus on the weekends in Korea you have to be prepared for the traffic jams. Be sure to have a good book, and your electronic devices fully charged.

Believe it or not, this overnight tour to the Boseong Green Tea Festival was free of charge. The government is anxious to have foreigners experience the sights and sounds of Korea. If you’re planning on visiting Korea soon, check out FundayKorea to see what tours and events they have on offer.  All you need is a passport. These tours are perfect for budget travelers (solo or couples), who are eager to experience traditional Korea. You can find out more about the Boseong Green Tea Festival here. 

Have you been to a green tea festival? Let us know in the comments. 

 

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9 Comments

  1. How lovely!! Looks like this week’s all about tea & berries – have linked a post on strawberry plucking. Happy to link up yet again! Cheerss!! #TPT

    • Hi! Happy to see you here again this week. I’ll be checking out your strawberry post.

  2. Oh my, that food has my mouth watering again Nancie! And those shots of the tea fields are absolutely spectacular. Another most interesting post! (Missed the link up last week – we were without internet for three days here).

    • Hi, Jackie! Welcome back! The tea fields were gorgeous to photo. Our evening meal was awesome. It’s not that common to get such an array of side dishes (banchan) these days. Many restaurants have cut way back to keep prices down.

  3. What a great experience! I’m not an avid tea drinker but I would love to attend this festival and do the whole picking of the tea leaves and learning all about the tea plus eating all that delicious food. Love bulgogi and now I want to eat some 🙂 How great that this whole tour was free too.

    • Hi, Mary. Great to see you here. When I was growing up, I hated tea. However, now it’s my drink of choice. Isn’t it fun how we can change? The meal was one of the best I’ve had in a long while.

  4. Unfortunately I don’t drink tea, I’ve never liked the taste, but this looks like a fascinating day. Perhaps it might convert me if I went along. Happy travels and thank you for the link up.

    • Hi, Jill! Nice to have you stop by. I never drank tea until a few years ago, and now it’s my drink of choice. Don’t give up tasting. You many find one or two that you like.

  5. I can’t believe this tour was free of charge Nancie. It sounds like a great time to visit South Korea. The ceremony and dresses are beautiful. I’ve never experienced a tea ceremony! Magnolia tea sounds delightful.

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