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The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« on: May 30, 2016, 08:26:44 AM »
So I've been living in Boseong for the last two years, and have done a fair bit of hosting on Airbnb.  Every foreigner I've ever hosted has mentioned how difficult it's been to find information in English on the area, so before I leave in September I'm writing a massive, comprehensive series on how to get to Boseong, where to stay, where to eat, and what and how to do various activities in the area.

You can read the various topics directly on my blog here, or follow on my new Facebook page where I'll be sharing each post as I complete it.  April-June is by far the best time of the year to see them, and I hope these posts can help others enjoy the area as much as I've enjoyed living in it over the last couple of years ;D

Part I: How to get there
Details complete direct bus and train routes from Seoul and Busan, as well as alternative routes from Gwangju (Seoul) and Suncheon (Busan) should you hit any travel snags.

Part II: Where to stay
Contains a list of 14 hotels, motels, pensions, and guesthouses that you can choose from, and tips on how to book them.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2016, 08:43:47 PM by nomadicmadda »

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2016, 09:59:20 AM »
Wow! Thank you so much!

The Boseong Green Tea Fields have been on my radar since I arrived last year. I will be checking out your blog and Facebook page when I have a bit more time today. I've never used Airbnb before, so I'm going to check out what that entails, but I'm definitely interested ;D

Will PM you once I have an idea of what/when/if/how. If that's okay?
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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2016, 11:58:45 AM »
Wow! Thank you so much!

The Boseong Green Tea Fields have been on my radar since I arrived last year. I will be checking out your blog and Facebook page when I have a bit more time today. I've never used Airbnb before, so I'm going to check out what that entails, but I'm definitely interested ;D

Will PM you once I have an idea of what/when/if/how. If that's okay?

Go for it!  You can contact me via FB as well if you'd like, since that messaging system is a bit more frequently used.  I have three other posts that I'm in the process of writing that will handle lodging, restaurant, and activities respectively.  The lodging info here is the most scarce, so that's up next.  My Airbnb is fully booked for the remainder of my time here, and sadly I'm moving up to Seoul in September  :cry:  So I'm not hosting anymore after mid-June. 

There's only one other place that I've seen so far on Airbnb that is actually near the fields (the others are in Jangheung/other counties) and that one is perfect for large groups.  It's only really accessible by car, though. I'm collecting info on the several hotels that I've seen IN Boseong proper right now.  They don't have English websites, but the town is basically never super full so walk-ins are easy enough.  I'll be sure to include contact info for them as well, in case people have Korean friends who can call for them to make a reservation  ;D

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2016, 01:52:44 PM »
This is fantastic! I've actually been to Boseong several times, and I've been fairly successful using public trans and renting a car. Accomodations have been a bit trickier. Having an insiders guide would save a lot of searching.

I'm going with a friend this coming 3 day weekend and we've already booked through Airbnb. It's my first time using it, though my friend is quite familiar with it.

Thanks!

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2016, 02:02:49 PM »
Great blog! It is quite informative and it looks like you've put a lot of work into the videos and posts. I've never been to Boseong, but I would love to pay a visit there someday.
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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2016, 02:10:05 PM »
I love this. Definitely will be using when planning more of my adventures around Korea. I love the idea that someone who has come to know an area is posting advice and instructions for those who have never been there. More people should do things like this.

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2016, 06:22:50 PM »
This is fantastic! I've actually been to Boseong several times, and I've been fairly successful using public trans and renting a car. Accomodations have been a bit trickier. Having an insiders guide would save a lot of searching.

I'm going with a friend this coming 3 day weekend and we've already booked through Airbnb. It's my first time using it, though my friend is quite familiar with it.

Thanks!

Oh, really?  I wonder if you guys are my guests, haha.  Though I think the girl I have on the 3-day weekend itself is a solo-traveler.  The only other Airbnb that I know of that's actually IN Boseong (besides mine) is this place, which is new, and is a massive hanok house for people with cars planning on supplying their own food and stuff.  Everything else is in neighboring counties and is about a 20-30min drive from the fields.

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2016, 08:49:55 AM »
I love this. Definitely will be using when planning more of my adventures around Korea. I love the idea that someone who has come to know an area is posting advice and instructions for those who have never been there. More people should do things like this.
Thank you!  And definitely; I had pretty much every Airbnber who contacted me complain about the lack of available English resources, and limited information on the region in general.  Even the Korean sites tend to have the same-old-same-old tourist route info, and that's it.  There's so much more here!

Great blog! It is quite informative and it looks like you've put a lot of work into the videos and posts. I've never been to Boseong, but I would love to pay a visit there someday.
Thanks!  If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.  Boseong is a great day trip from Seoul or Busan, and can easily be coupled with the bamboo forests in Damyang or the bay in Suncheon, depending on what direction you're coming from  ;D

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2016, 01:05:17 PM »
This is brilliant!!   ;D

I'd recently been researching taking a day trip to Boseong but couldn't find anything in detail about how to get there.

One thing I'm still not sure of: how far is it from the bus station at Boseong to the actual green tea fields?  Do you step off the bus and you're literally there?


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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2016, 01:19:17 PM »
No. Boseong itself is a single Paris Baguette town bult along a bit of a hillside. The fields are a few kilometres away to the south by local bus. The bus will pass by the most famous field first (the one you're thinking of which is touristed up). You get dropped off on the side of the main road and have a bit of a walk to get there from even the local bus.

Most people will stop here then head home, but it's worth taking the local bus further south once you're done, because it'll climb the crest of the hill and then give you a spectacular view of the rest of the fields which cover the entire valley on the southern face. Its a nice ride down the valley, and the route terminates at one of the more pleasant beaches I've been to in the country: its got the infrastructure, but not the crowds.

Madda: I'm super impressed with your guide. You're spot on in that there's a gap in the English material available, and Boseong is one of those few lengthy treks across the country that was thoroughly worth it in my mind.
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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2016, 02:40:22 PM »
No. Boseong itself is a single Paris Baguette town bult along a bit of a hillside.

Omg this actually made me laugh out loud at my desk.  Could not be more true :laugh:

The fields are a few kilometres away to the south by local bus. The bus will pass by the most famous field first (the one you're thinking of which is touristed up). You get dropped off on the side of the main road and have a bit of a walk to get there from even the local bus.

Most people will stop here then head home, but it's worth taking the local bus further south once you're done, because it'll climb the crest of the hill and then give you a spectacular view of the rest of the fields which cover the entire valley on the southern face. Its a nice ride down the valley, and the route terminates at one of the more pleasant beaches I've been to in the country: its got the infrastructure, but not the crowds.

Madda: I'm super impressed with your guide. You're spot on in that there's a gap in the English material available, and Boseong is one of those few lengthy treks across the country that was thoroughly worth it in my mind.

Yesssssss these are for sure so much better!  I'll be covering those second fields, Yulpo, and a whole bunch of other stuff too when I write the activities part (which I'll also be posting here).  I'm working on hotels/lodging now.  I've actually screen-shotted maps and drawn all over them to show to my Airbnb guests because of how frequently I recommend PASSING the official fields first and checking out the second pit stop.

That cafe is also the one that has real green ta ice cream made from the....erm....keef? leftover form the green tea leaves after the tea-making process.  They have really good iced green tea from that too.  It's so much quieter than the official fields, free, and it's also where they do the winter light festival in December!

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2016, 09:02:13 AM »
Updated with Part II over the weekend. Contains a variety of motel hotel, pension, and guesthouse options for where you can stay.  Most only book in Korea, but you can dial the tourist hotline at 1330 to have them help you make a reservation in advance.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2016, 08:44:19 PM by nomadicmadda »

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2016, 09:46:33 AM »
Updated with Part II over the weekend. Contains a variety of motel hotel, pension, and guesthouse options for where you can stay.  Most only book in Korea, but you can dial the tourist hotline at 1330 to have them help you make a reservation in advance.

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2018, 11:26:41 AM »
Hello, I am trying to plan a trip there for the upcoming green tea festival but I cant seem to figure out the bus. I want to leave from Busan but I cant see Boseong as a stop. Does it have another name that I need to go to?

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2018, 12:03:53 PM »
Bus or train to Suncheon, then catch a bus to Boseong. Easiest.

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2018, 12:31:45 PM »
Bus or train to Suncheon, then catch a bus to Boseong. Easiest.

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Re: The Ultimate Guide to Boseong (Green Tea Fields)
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2018, 10:57:09 PM »
I have travelled to Boseong a few times, in fact I made friends with a local Filippina there who is
married to a local Korean and works at a local foreigner centre in Boseong. We had good times in
our meet ups aside from just the Boseong Green Tea Festival. She still lives there today in fact she
and I still keep in contact. I hope to make time to visit Korea one day and meet up with my friend in
Boseong again.