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The Many Delicacies and Beautiful Landscapes of Jeollanam-do in the Early Spring
Spring make its first grand entrance on the Korean peninsula in Jeollanam-do Province. The province is located on the southwest end of the Korean peninsula, and is well known for its warm weather and spring flowers. Maehwa flowers, cornus flowers, forsythia flowers, and cherry blossoms bloom here as early as March. Aside from its natural beauty, Jeollanam-do is so famous for its delicious cuisine that it is simply referred to as Nam-do eumsik, or ‘nam-do food.’ The region’s many seaside areas also make the Jeollanam-do a great place for fresh seafood as well. Since March is a time when the winter and spring fight for dominance throughout the rest of peninsula, head on down to Jeollanam-do to catch an early glimpse of spring scenery, and enjoy the province’s many delightful delicacies while you are there.

*Tour Route
Day 1: Seoul - Gwangyang Maehwa Festival - Suncheonman Bay (Hanok traditional Korean house experience)
Day 2: Boseong Green Tea Field (Daehan Dawon) – Yulpo Green Tea Baths - Seoul
Gwangyang Maehwa Festival

"광양매화축제 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gwangyang Maehwa Festival?

"광양매화축제 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 광양시 다압면 도사리 입니다." Please go to Gwangyang Maehwa Festival. It is located at Dosa-ri, Daap-myeon Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do.

"광양매화축제은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gwangyang Maehwa Festival?

"광양매화축제(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 광양시 다압면 도사리 입니다." Please go to Gwangyang Maehwa Festival. It is located at Dosa-ri, Daap-myeon Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do.

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The maehwa (apricot flower or plum blossom) is the first to bloom each year, and so it is seen as the sign that spring has begun. The Gwangyang Maehwa Festival runs for about a week during mid-March every year in Jeollanam-do. There are approximately 100,000 maehwa trees in Maehwa village, which is located at the foot of Baekwunsan Mountain around Seomjingang River (the fourth largest river in Korea). The largest number of these trees have been planted in Cheong Maesil Farm, the first maehwa tree planting location in Korea. The farm also serves as the center stage of the festival.

 

At the front of the entrance of the festival is a bustling street market filled with vendors selling local specialty goods, cold beverages and plum ice cream. The first sight that visitors will notice as soon as they enter Cheong Maesil Farm is the endless rows of some 1,800 jars. Inside the jars are pickled plums, doenjang (soybean paste), gochujang (red pepper paste) and other fermented foods and sauces made with maesil plums.

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After walking past the jars, small maehwa trees show up, and their white, snowflake-like bursts of blooming maehwa flowers greet the eyes of visitors. There are three types of maehwa flowers in this location: the baekmaehwa white apricot flower, the cheongmaehwa with its green colored cup, and the pink-colored hongmaehwa. The baekmaehwa and cheongmaehwa look similar, but have different colored cups. Since the roots of maehwa trees form its steady foundations under the frozen grounds of winter and still grow beautiful flowers, the maehwa is considered to be strong, resilient, and a symbol of fidelity. The flower is drawn along with the moon in the Wolmaedo, a famous painting that is also featured on the backside of the 50,000 Korean Won bill.

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While climbing up the hill enjoying the flowers, visitors will encounter a small shed, thatched roof house, palgakjeong octagonal pavilion, and other traditional buildings. There are also statues and memorial stones engraved with the literary works of Yun Dong-ju, Kim Seung-ok, Jeong Chae-bong and other famous writers from Gwangyang. Statues depicting the fairy tale O-se-ahm can be found in this area as well. A landscape view that captures the entirety of Maehwa Village and Seomjingang River can be observed by following the staircase all the way to the end. The view of countless white maehwa flowers and thatched rooftops create a dreamy scene that almost looks like snowfall in the spring.

 

On the way down is a bamboo forest that was the shooting location for the movie Strokes of Fire, which won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival. The forest is small, but provides a quiet environment for visitors. After enjoying the flowers, visitors can check out the Gwangyang Maehwa Flower Culture Center located by the entrance. Built in 2015, the center has a hall archiving the history of Cheong Maesil Farm, an exihibition hall with maehwa flower themed artwork, and an education and experience zone. There is also a gift shop that sells processed plum food items and a plum winery.

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TIP. Getting to Gwangyang Maehwa Festival from Seoul

During the festival duration, buses going from Gwangju terminal and Gwangyang terminal to the festival depart 4 times a day. Buses leaving from Seoul’s Central City terminal go to Gwangju terminal, while those departing from Nambu terminal arrive in Gwangyang terminal. Buses departing from the festival to Gwangju or Gwangyang terminals operate until 4pm, so visitors should plan their time at the festival accordingly. Leaflets with detailed festival schedules are available at information booths, and festival staff are also at hand to assist with transportation-related questions.

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Gwangyang’s Charcoal-grilled Bulgogi

Gwangyang’s local specialty, charcoal-grilled bulgogi, is made by marinating thinly-sliced beef and grilling them over a charcoal fire. Once the juices begin to drip from the meat, it is flipped once or twice before being ready to eat. The meat is served with a green onion salad and other vegetable wraps, but to taste the full flavor of the local specialty, try enjoying the meat on its own. There are several restaurants serving the dish near Gwangyang terminal in an area that is known as the Gwangyang Bulgogi Specialty Street.

Hanok Traditional Korean Houses

"하울당 한옥체험 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Hanok Traditional Korean Houses?

"하울당 한옥체험 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 순천시 도사동 497 입니다." Please go to Hanok Traditional Korean Houses. It is located at .

"하울당 한옥체험은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Hanok Traditional Korean Houses?

"하울당 한옥체험(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 순천시 도사동 497 입니다." Please go to Hanok Traditional Korean Houses. It is located at .

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Suncheon is a major traffic hub for the southeastern area of Jeollanam-do Province. With comparatively few places to stay in Gwangyang, staying the day in Suncheon, with its convenient transportation services, is a good idea. There is a bus route that frequently runs from Gwangyang terminal to Suncheon terminal, and it is not too far for a taxi - taking just over 20 minutes. The Korea Tourism Organization has designated 7 guesthouses as ‘Hanok Stays.’ Of these, Hauldang, with its close proximity to Suncheon Bay Eco Park, is highly recommended.

 

Hauldang, an environmentally-friendly house built by professional hanok architects, is encircled by a 5-meter-high stone wall and is at a higher elevation than any other building in the area. Four generations of the owner’s family lived in this location before the current hanok guesthouse was built. Visitors to the property are happily greeted by the owner, his wife, and their friendly dog, Mungchi. As a hanok is installed with ondol (under-floor) heating, there are no beds, however rest assured the rooms and bedding are kept clean and tidy. The guesthouse overlooks a beautiful view of Suncheonman Bay, and the toenmaru (veranda) makes for a great place to enjoy Suncheonman Bay’s scenery.

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Suncheonman Bay Eco Park is just a 10-minute walk from Hauldang. Considered one of the fifth-largest tidal flats in the world, Suncheonman Bay boasts 5.4 km² of reed fields and 22.6 km² of mud flats. The area is famous for its dense reed fields and a landscape that glows in the setting sun. In the winter, migratory birds from around the world fly in to the Eco Park. Those visiting to enjoy a sunset are advised to double-check times for the event according to the season.

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In the reed fields, there is a 1.2 kilometer flat wooden walkway ideal for strolls. Along the way are holes dug throughout the mud flats that are inhabited by crabs, clams, conches and other sea animals. A walk through the reed fields will only take about 1 hour, though a panoramic view of Suncheonman Bay requires a 77 meter hike up to Yongsan Observatory. However, those who do make the climb will not regret it. In good weather, the scarlet sun becomes swallowed up by the mountainside and observers can witness a mystical moment where the sky and the mud flats are dyed red along with the sun.

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TIP. Suncheonman Bay Eco Park - Visitor Information

Hours of Operation: 

       January–February, November–December: 8am–5pm,

       March–April, September–October: 8am–6pm,

       May–August: 8am–7pm

Cost of Admission: 7,000 won (Adults),

   *only 10,000 people per day may visit the park for conservation reasons.

Online: www.suncheonbay.go.kr

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Suncheonman Bay Ilbeonga - Fresh Cockles from Beolgyo

Across the road right in front of the Suncheonman Bay Eco Park ticketing office is a little shopping district with a row of restaurants and coffee shops. One of these, Suncheonman Bay Ilbeonga, is known for its cockles harvested from Beolgyo. The restaurant boasts a variety of fresh seafood dishes, including sweet and sour cockles, marinated crab, and grilled octopus. For these, there is a minimum of 2 persons per order, at 15,000 won per head. There is also a separate menu for single with cockle bibimbap and fried pork fillets. Those who reserve a ticket on a Korail Rail-ro train a day in advance will receive a 10% discount on their meals. 

Boseong Daehan Tea Plantation

"보성 대한다원 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Boseong Daehan Tea Plantation?

"보성 대한다원 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 보성군 보성읍 대한다원 입니다." Please go to Boseong Daehan Tea Plantation. It is located at .

"보성 대한다원은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Boseong Daehan Tea Plantation?

"보성 대한다원(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 보성군 보성읍 대한다원 입니다." Please go to Boseong Daehan Tea Plantation. It is located at .

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There are many tea fields, both large and small, in the Boseong area, which produces 40% of the nation’s green tea. The Daehan Tea Plantation is the largest of these and is the only one to be developed into a tourist attraction. The plantation was first started in 1957 at an elevation of 350 meters on the outskirts of Hwalseongsan Mountain, and today is surrounded by a tree belt spanning an area of 5.6 million m², inside which are around 5.8 million green tea plants. The plantation is easily accessible through public transportation. Buses depart from Boseong terminal to the plantation twice an hour, but visitors should check the timetable in advance.

 

Next to the entrance of the plantation is a small shop that sells green tea snacks such as green tea lattes, green tea ice cream and green tea baked goods. Meanwhile, next to the ticket office is a restaurant that sells green tea-based foods. Visitors to the plantation itself can opt to tour the facility with the aid of a guide and from there choose from 5 available courses. One of the courses in particular boasts tea fields lining the mountainside all the way up to the summit – visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes on this course as it can be a little steep.

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On the left side of the plaza just short of the tea fields is a green tea sampler cafe called ‘The Green Tea Room.’ For just 1,000 won per person, diners can sample different green teas. To make the ideal cup of tea, place the tea leaves in a teapot along with some hot water and wait 1–2 minutes for a slightly bitter and refreshing result. Ujeoncha is a tea made with the best tea leaves, which are harvested before April 20th every year. This can be purchased onsite along with a number of other green teas.

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Up past the plaza and beyond the main stairway are the winding, thickly-packed tea fields. They have often appeared in many commercials and films, and so one will find several areas with ‘photozone’ signs ideal for taking pictures. Although the fields are not quite at their luscious, deep-green color in the spring, the cooler weather makes it a pleasant time to visit the fields.

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Those who head up to the ocean observatory can see a panorama of the Daehan Tea Plantation unfold before their eyes. Not only is the traveler rewarded with a view of the tea fields, but they can also see all the way to the forest, which can be quite calming. In good weather, visitors can enjoy a view of the South Sea on the opposite side. Afterwards, at the summit, they can pass through a cypress tree walkway to arrive at a bamboo forest. Underneath the cool bamboo trees is a great place to take a rest and let the aroma of the plantation’s green tea leaves revitalize both body and mind.

Tip. Daehan Tea Plantation - Visitor Information

Hours of Operation: April–October 9am–7pm, November–February 9am–6pm (*Viewing hours extend until 8pm)

Cost: 4,000 won

Online: dhdawon.com

Courses: A total of 5 walking courses are available at the Daehan Tea Plantation. Courses 1 through 4 increase in difficulty the farther one progresses, while course 5 is the easiest. A leisurely stroll through the plantation via courses 2 and 3 will take about 30-40 minutes. Take course 4 for the ocean observatory, which takes about 1 hour to complete. 

TIP. Boseong Green Tea Festival

A green tea festival is held every May in Boseong-gun at the Korea Tea Cultural Park. There are various activities for the visitor to enjoy, such as picking tea leaves, roasting tea leaves, spiritual ceremonies and sampling different green teas

website: dahyang.boseong.go.kr

Seaweed and Green Tea Baths of Yulpo Beach

"율포해수녹차탕 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Seaweed and Green Tea Baths of Yulpo Beach?

"율포해수녹차탕 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Seaweed and Green Tea Baths of Yulpo Beach. It is located at .

"율포해수녹차탕은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Seaweed and Green Tea Baths of Yulpo Beach?

"율포해수녹차탕(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Seaweed and Green Tea Baths of Yulpo Beach. It is located at .

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Just a 10-minute bus ride from the Daehan Tea Plantation is Yulpo Beach, known for its fresh seafood and the Yulpo Green Tea Baths, which provide great skin therapy. Although similar to other baths in some ways, the Yulpo Green Tea Baths are famous for offering the combined health properties of both green tea baths and seawater baths. In addition, the tea used grown locally in Boseong. Travelers who take this course therefore both begin and end with green tea!

 

Take a nice hot bath while enjoying a view of Yulpo through the glass front wall of the bathhouse. Recharge the internal batteries alternating between the green tea and seawater baths and breathe life into tired skin made dry and rough by the winter. Step from the bath and feel clean and rejuvenated by the power of green tea.

Take a nice hot bath while enjoying a view of Yulpo through the glass front wall of the bathhouse. Recharge the internal batteries alternating between the green tea and seawater baths and breathe life into tired skin made dry and rough by the winter. Step from the bath and feel clean and rejuvenated by the power of green tea.

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Tip. The Benefits of the Green Tea and Seawater Baths

The green tea baths are good for cleansing the body of toxins, exfoliating and enriching the skin, and treating high blood pressure. The seawater baths use seawater taken from 120 meters below the bathhouse and are rich in minerals that help with regulating blood circulation and metabolism. The brown green tea water is soft and bathers can feel the elements of the hot seawater baths. 

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Eating Fresh Seafood and Green Tea-Fed Pork in Boseong

Near Yulpo beach is a variety of seafood restaurants. One restaurant, Haedodihwaetjip (Sunrise Sashimi Restaurant) is quite close to the beach and is situated on the 2nd floor, offering beautiful views of the shoreline. Each season has its own special menu, and in the spring, the small-neck clam muchim, which is made by seasoning fresh clams caught in the area, is highly recommended. The clams are seasoned with vegetables and spicy gochujang (red pepper) and can be eaten as bibimbap. There is also a farm nearby that feeds green tea to the pigs that are raised on the site to make a special green tea samgyeopsal. Also recommended is Boseong Green Tea Tteok-galbi, which sells both beef and pork teokgalbi, and is located about a 5-minute taxi ride from Boseong terminal.

The Many Delicacies and Beautiful Landscapes of Jeollanam-do in the Early Spring
Spring make its first grand entrance on the Korean peninsula in Jeollanam-do Province. The province is located on the southwest end of the Korean peninsula, and is well known for its warm weather and spring flowers. Maehwa flowers, cornus flowers, forsythia flowers, and cherry blossoms bloom here as early as March. Aside from its natural beauty, Jeollanam-do is so famous for its delicious cuisine that it is simply referred to as Nam-do eumsik, or ‘nam-do food.’ The region’s many seaside areas also make the Jeollanam-do a great place for fresh seafood as well. Since March is a time when the winter and spring fight for dominance throughout the rest of peninsula, head on down to Jeollanam-do to catch an early glimpse of spring scenery, and enjoy the province’s many delightful delicacies while you are there.

*Tour Route
Day 1: Seoul - Gwangyang Maehwa Festival - Suncheonman Bay (Hanok traditional Korean house experience)
Day 2: Boseong Green Tea Field (Daehan Dawon) – Yulpo Green Tea Baths - Seoul
Gwangyang Maehwa Festival

"광양매화축제 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gwangyang Maehwa Festival?

"광양매화축제 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 광양시 다압면 도사리 입니다." Please go to Gwangyang Maehwa Festival. It is located at Dosa-ri, Daap-myeon Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do.

"광양매화축제은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gwangyang Maehwa Festival?

"광양매화축제(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 광양시 다압면 도사리 입니다." Please go to Gwangyang Maehwa Festival. It is located at Dosa-ri, Daap-myeon Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do.

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The maehwa (apricot flower or plum blossom) is the first to bloom each year, and so it is seen as the sign that spring has begun. The Gwangyang Maehwa Festival runs for about a week during mid-March every year in Jeollanam-do. There are approximately 100,000 maehwa trees in Maehwa village, which is located at the foot of Baekwunsan Mountain around Seomjingang River (the fourth largest river in Korea). The largest number of these trees have been planted in Cheong Maesil Farm, the first maehwa tree planting location in Korea. The farm also serves as the center stage of the festival.

 

At the front of the entrance of the festival is a bustling street market filled with vendors selling local specialty goods, cold beverages and plum ice cream. The first sight that visitors will notice as soon as they enter Cheong Maesil Farm is the endless rows of some 1,800 jars. Inside the jars are pickled plums, doenjang (soybean paste), gochujang (red pepper paste) and other fermented foods and sauces made with maesil plums.

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After walking past the jars, small maehwa trees show up, and their white, snowflake-like bursts of blooming maehwa flowers greet the eyes of visitors. There are three types of maehwa flowers in this location: the baekmaehwa white apricot flower, the cheongmaehwa with its green colored cup, and the pink-colored hongmaehwa. The baekmaehwa and cheongmaehwa look similar, but have different colored cups. Since the roots of maehwa trees form its steady foundations under the frozen grounds of winter and still grow beautiful flowers, the maehwa is considered to be strong, resilient, and a symbol of fidelity. The flower is drawn along with the moon in the Wolmaedo, a famous painting that is also featured on the backside of the 50,000 Korean Won bill.

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While climbing up the hill enjoying the flowers, visitors will encounter a small shed, thatched roof house, palgakjeong octagonal pavilion, and other traditional buildings. There are also statues and memorial stones engraved with the literary works of Yun Dong-ju, Kim Seung-ok, Jeong Chae-bong and other famous writers from Gwangyang. Statues depicting the fairy tale O-se-ahm can be found in this area as well. A landscape view that captures the entirety of Maehwa Village and Seomjingang River can be observed by following the staircase all the way to the end. The view of countless white maehwa flowers and thatched rooftops create a dreamy scene that almost looks like snowfall in the spring.

 

On the way down is a bamboo forest that was the shooting location for the movie Strokes of Fire, which won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival. The forest is small, but provides a quiet environment for visitors. After enjoying the flowers, visitors can check out the Gwangyang Maehwa Flower Culture Center located by the entrance. Built in 2015, the center has a hall archiving the history of Cheong Maesil Farm, an exihibition hall with maehwa flower themed artwork, and an education and experience zone. There is also a gift shop that sells processed plum food items and a plum winery.

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TIP. Getting to Gwangyang Maehwa Festival from Seoul

During the festival duration, buses going from Gwangju terminal and Gwangyang terminal to the festival depart 4 times a day. Buses leaving from Seoul’s Central City terminal go to Gwangju terminal, while those departing from Nambu terminal arrive in Gwangyang terminal. Buses departing from the festival to Gwangju or Gwangyang terminals operate until 4pm, so visitors should plan their time at the festival accordingly. Leaflets with detailed festival schedules are available at information booths, and festival staff are also at hand to assist with transportation-related questions.

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Gwangyang’s Charcoal-grilled Bulgogi

Gwangyang’s local specialty, charcoal-grilled bulgogi, is made by marinating thinly-sliced beef and grilling them over a charcoal fire. Once the juices begin to drip from the meat, it is flipped once or twice before being ready to eat. The meat is served with a green onion salad and other vegetable wraps, but to taste the full flavor of the local specialty, try enjoying the meat on its own. There are several restaurants serving the dish near Gwangyang terminal in an area that is known as the Gwangyang Bulgogi Specialty Street.

Hanok Traditional Korean Houses

"하울당 한옥체험 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Hanok Traditional Korean Houses?

"하울당 한옥체험 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 순천시 도사동 497 입니다." Please go to Hanok Traditional Korean Houses. It is located at .

"하울당 한옥체험은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Hanok Traditional Korean Houses?

"하울당 한옥체험(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 순천시 도사동 497 입니다." Please go to Hanok Traditional Korean Houses. It is located at .

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Suncheon is a major traffic hub for the southeastern area of Jeollanam-do Province. With comparatively few places to stay in Gwangyang, staying the day in Suncheon, with its convenient transportation services, is a good idea. There is a bus route that frequently runs from Gwangyang terminal to Suncheon terminal, and it is not too far for a taxi - taking just over 20 minutes. The Korea Tourism Organization has designated 7 guesthouses as ‘Hanok Stays.’ Of these, Hauldang, with its close proximity to Suncheon Bay Eco Park, is highly recommended.

 

Hauldang, an environmentally-friendly house built by professional hanok architects, is encircled by a 5-meter-high stone wall and is at a higher elevation than any other building in the area. Four generations of the owner’s family lived in this location before the current hanok guesthouse was built. Visitors to the property are happily greeted by the owner, his wife, and their friendly dog, Mungchi. As a hanok is installed with ondol (under-floor) heating, there are no beds, however rest assured the rooms and bedding are kept clean and tidy. The guesthouse overlooks a beautiful view of Suncheonman Bay, and the toenmaru (veranda) makes for a great place to enjoy Suncheonman Bay’s scenery.

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Suncheonman Bay Eco Park is just a 10-minute walk from Hauldang. Considered one of the fifth-largest tidal flats in the world, Suncheonman Bay boasts 5.4 km² of reed fields and 22.6 km² of mud flats. The area is famous for its dense reed fields and a landscape that glows in the setting sun. In the winter, migratory birds from around the world fly in to the Eco Park. Those visiting to enjoy a sunset are advised to double-check times for the event according to the season.

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In the reed fields, there is a 1.2 kilometer flat wooden walkway ideal for strolls. Along the way are holes dug throughout the mud flats that are inhabited by crabs, clams, conches and other sea animals. A walk through the reed fields will only take about 1 hour, though a panoramic view of Suncheonman Bay requires a 77 meter hike up to Yongsan Observatory. However, those who do make the climb will not regret it. In good weather, the scarlet sun becomes swallowed up by the mountainside and observers can witness a mystical moment where the sky and the mud flats are dyed red along with the sun.

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TIP. Suncheonman Bay Eco Park - Visitor Information

Hours of Operation: 

       January–February, November–December: 8am–5pm,

       March–April, September–October: 8am–6pm,

       May–August: 8am–7pm

Cost of Admission: 7,000 won (Adults),

   *only 10,000 people per day may visit the park for conservation reasons.

Online: www.suncheonbay.go.kr

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Suncheonman Bay Ilbeonga - Fresh Cockles from Beolgyo

Across the road right in front of the Suncheonman Bay Eco Park ticketing office is a little shopping district with a row of restaurants and coffee shops. One of these, Suncheonman Bay Ilbeonga, is known for its cockles harvested from Beolgyo. The restaurant boasts a variety of fresh seafood dishes, including sweet and sour cockles, marinated crab, and grilled octopus. For these, there is a minimum of 2 persons per order, at 15,000 won per head. There is also a separate menu for single with cockle bibimbap and fried pork fillets. Those who reserve a ticket on a Korail Rail-ro train a day in advance will receive a 10% discount on their meals. 

Boseong Daehan Tea Plantation

"보성 대한다원 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Boseong Daehan Tea Plantation?

"보성 대한다원 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 보성군 보성읍 대한다원 입니다." Please go to Boseong Daehan Tea Plantation. It is located at .

"보성 대한다원은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Boseong Daehan Tea Plantation?

"보성 대한다원(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라남도 보성군 보성읍 대한다원 입니다." Please go to Boseong Daehan Tea Plantation. It is located at .

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There are many tea fields, both large and small, in the Boseong area, which produces 40% of the nation’s green tea. The Daehan Tea Plantation is the largest of these and is the only one to be developed into a tourist attraction. The plantation was first started in 1957 at an elevation of 350 meters on the outskirts of Hwalseongsan Mountain, and today is surrounded by a tree belt spanning an area of 5.6 million m², inside which are around 5.8 million green tea plants. The plantation is easily accessible through public transportation. Buses depart from Boseong terminal to the plantation twice an hour, but visitors should check the timetable in advance.

 

Next to the entrance of the plantation is a small shop that sells green tea snacks such as green tea lattes, green tea ice cream and green tea baked goods. Meanwhile, next to the ticket office is a restaurant that sells green tea-based foods. Visitors to the plantation itself can opt to tour the facility with the aid of a guide and from there choose from 5 available courses. One of the courses in particular boasts tea fields lining the mountainside all the way up to the summit – visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes on this course as it can be a little steep.

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On the left side of the plaza just short of the tea fields is a green tea sampler cafe called ‘The Green Tea Room.’ For just 1,000 won per person, diners can sample different green teas. To make the ideal cup of tea, place the tea leaves in a teapot along with some hot water and wait 1–2 minutes for a slightly bitter and refreshing result. Ujeoncha is a tea made with the best tea leaves, which are harvested before April 20th every year. This can be purchased onsite along with a number of other green teas.

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Up past the plaza and beyond the main stairway are the winding, thickly-packed tea fields. They have often appeared in many commercials and films, and so one will find several areas with ‘photozone’ signs ideal for taking pictures. Although the fields are not quite at their luscious, deep-green color in the spring, the cooler weather makes it a pleasant time to visit the fields.

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Those who head up to the ocean observatory can see a panorama of the Daehan Tea Plantation unfold before their eyes. Not only is the traveler rewarded with a view of the tea fields, but they can also see all the way to the forest, which can be quite calming. In good weather, visitors can enjoy a view of the South Sea on the opposite side. Afterwards, at the summit, they can pass through a cypress tree walkway to arrive at a bamboo forest. Underneath the cool bamboo trees is a great place to take a rest and let the aroma of the plantation’s green tea leaves revitalize both body and mind.

Tip. Daehan Tea Plantation - Visitor Information

Hours of Operation: April–October 9am–7pm, November–February 9am–6pm (*Viewing hours extend until 8pm)

Cost: 4,000 won

Online: dhdawon.com

Courses: A total of 5 walking courses are available at the Daehan Tea Plantation. Courses 1 through 4 increase in difficulty the farther one progresses, while course 5 is the easiest. A leisurely stroll through the plantation via courses 2 and 3 will take about 30-40 minutes. Take course 4 for the ocean observatory, which takes about 1 hour to complete. 

TIP. Boseong Green Tea Festival

A green tea festival is held every May in Boseong-gun at the Korea Tea Cultural Park. There are various activities for the visitor to enjoy, such as picking tea leaves, roasting tea leaves, spiritual ceremonies and sampling different green teas

website: dahyang.boseong.go.kr

Seaweed and Green Tea Baths of Yulpo Beach

"율포해수녹차탕 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Seaweed and Green Tea Baths of Yulpo Beach?

"율포해수녹차탕 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Seaweed and Green Tea Baths of Yulpo Beach. It is located at .

"율포해수녹차탕은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Seaweed and Green Tea Baths of Yulpo Beach?

"율포해수녹차탕(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Seaweed and Green Tea Baths of Yulpo Beach. It is located at .

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Just a 10-minute bus ride from the Daehan Tea Plantation is Yulpo Beach, known for its fresh seafood and the Yulpo Green Tea Baths, which provide great skin therapy. Although similar to other baths in some ways, the Yulpo Green Tea Baths are famous for offering the combined health properties of both green tea baths and seawater baths. In addition, the tea used grown locally in Boseong. Travelers who take this course therefore both begin and end with green tea!

 

Take a nice hot bath while enjoying a view of Yulpo through the glass front wall of the bathhouse. Recharge the internal batteries alternating between the green tea and seawater baths and breathe life into tired skin made dry and rough by the winter. Step from the bath and feel clean and rejuvenated by the power of green tea.

Take a nice hot bath while enjoying a view of Yulpo through the glass front wall of the bathhouse. Recharge the internal batteries alternating between the green tea and seawater baths and breathe life into tired skin made dry and rough by the winter. Step from the bath and feel clean and rejuvenated by the power of green tea.

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Tip. The Benefits of the Green Tea and Seawater Baths

The green tea baths are good for cleansing the body of toxins, exfoliating and enriching the skin, and treating high blood pressure. The seawater baths use seawater taken from 120 meters below the bathhouse and are rich in minerals that help with regulating blood circulation and metabolism. The brown green tea water is soft and bathers can feel the elements of the hot seawater baths. 

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Eating Fresh Seafood and Green Tea-Fed Pork in Boseong

Near Yulpo beach is a variety of seafood restaurants. One restaurant, Haedodihwaetjip (Sunrise Sashimi Restaurant) is quite close to the beach and is situated on the 2nd floor, offering beautiful views of the shoreline. Each season has its own special menu, and in the spring, the small-neck clam muchim, which is made by seasoning fresh clams caught in the area, is highly recommended. The clams are seasoned with vegetables and spicy gochujang (red pepper) and can be eaten as bibimbap. There is also a farm nearby that feeds green tea to the pigs that are raised on the site to make a special green tea samgyeopsal. Also recommended is Boseong Green Tea Tteok-galbi, which sells both beef and pork teokgalbi, and is located about a 5-minute taxi ride from Boseong terminal.

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