There are at least one hundred thousand places, in Korea and the world, that I want to visit. I routinely spend hours at my desk and on my iPhone researching these places, drooling over pictures of them and dreaming of being there. Do you do this too?
And have you ever done this so much for one particular place that when you actually get the chance to visit you worry it won’t live up to your expectations or the beautifully edited HDR shots you’ve seen of it online?
I felt that way about the Boseong Tea Fields in Korea. I worried that maybe I would be disappointed when I finally saw those famous long curving lines of green tea plants for myself as I had seen so many pictures of it plastered over the internet.
But you know what? I wasn’t. The beauty of the Boseong tea fields was so much better in person.
Being there we got to experience the approach to the vibrant green fields through a long corridor of pine trees, the light filtering in through their leaves.
We got to breathe in the unmistakeable smell of raw green tea as we wandered up and down and through the rows and rows of plants.
We got to climb up the thigh breaking steps and take in the most glorious location that these tea fields find themselves in. Looking down we saw the lines and lines of vibrant green bushes. Further on were the forests of dark green pines, interspersed with lilac coloured trees that I can’t name. Further still you glimpse the bright blue ocean broken only by the dark shapes of islands in the distance. And above it all the sky, without a cloud, accented it all.
We later took the local bus from outside the tea fields to the coast, to Yulpo beach, for the last few hours of sunshine. It’s a lovely little beach so worth the extra miles if you visit Boseong.
To top it all off we got to try the delicious green tea ice cream that is almost as famous as the fields themselves! It was so creamy and fresh that we went back for seconds, and thirds…
We also got to buy some green tea. Enjoying a cup of green tea in my office takes me right back there and is the best I’ve tried anywhere!
Touristy places are such for a reason and no amount of daydreaming can compete with the real deal. So, what’s stopping you going out and seeing it for yourself?
Have you been to the Boseong Tea Fields? What did you think? How about any other tea fields around the world? I’d love some recommendations!
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