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Enjoy Various Festivals in Boseong

Boseong, an attractive out of the way corner of Korea that is imbued everywhere with the fragrance of nature.

Boseong, located at the center of the southern part of Jeollanam-do, is beautiful area of mountains, sea, and lakes. It is famous for natural tourist attractions such as Jeam-san (Mt. Jeam) that looks like a seated king and for uncontaminated areas of the sea such as Deungnyang bay and Yeoja bay and the lake of Juam.

Everywhere in Boseong there are delightful places to visit. For example, after walking along a charming cherry blossoms path, one of the most beautiful paths in Korea, you come across Daewonsa Temple that was built during the reign of Muryeong of Baekje (462 - 523, r. 501-523), the 25th king of Baekje (18 BCE - 660 CE; one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea together with Gorguryeo and Silla). Then there are the impressive Illim-san (Mt. Illim) and Choam-san (Mt. Choam) that are ablaze with royal azalea blossom during springtime. And truly, the mysteries of nature can be experienced traversing a green tea field resplendent with yellowish green, which ranges along a low ridge and skirts a long furrow. To be sure, Boseong is an attractive out of the way corner of Korea that is imbued everywhere with the fragrance of nature.

The Region that Contains the Delicate Scent of Green tea

Boseong is famous for green tea accounting, as it does, for 40 percent of all the production of the crop in Korea. Green tea is one of ten most healthy foods chose by Time magazine, not the least because it has anticancer properties and can help control obesity. The Boseong Green Tea Tour offers a welcome opportunity to get away from the busy daily grind and to find composure of mind and relief for a fatigued body.

There are many the green tea fields in Boseong of which Gamakjae green tea field (+82-61-852-4278) is representative. Visitors can undertake a green tea tour and an experiencing-study program at the same time after which they will surely have cherished memories of drinking green tea whilst taking in the surrounding fields with their natural palate of yellowish green.
Visitors can also brew green tea which has the aroma of their choice because they personally select their own soft tea leaves.

Festivals at All Seasons

Illim-san (Mt. Illim) Royal Azalea Blossom Festival is held in the spring when the slopes of Illim-san (Mt. Illim) and Choam-san (Mt. Choam) burn ruddily with royal azalea blossoms. So no-one can fail to be captivated by the image of the beautiful carpeted mountains. Boseong Green Tea Festival, the biggest tea culture festival in the Korea, also occurs in the springtime with the holding of various events such as making green tea and picking green tea leaves.
In summer Yulpo beach is famous for its silver sands and green pine grove and presents the many tourists that flock there the feast of summer nights. And there is the seawater-green tea spa where visitors can rest whilst taking in the surrounding nature.

In the autumn, the Gizzard Shad Festival is overcrowded with tourists who come to taste the great dish of gizzard shad and to listen to the Pansori festival partaking in the ceremonial feasts. (Pansori is a genre of traditional Korean music that UNESCO proclaimed a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ on November 7, 2003.)

In the winter many festivals such as the Beolgyo Cockle Festival, the Festival of Light held amidst a Boseong green tea field, and Sunrise Festival take place.

For more detailed information on tourist attractions and local specialties in Boseong, visit www.boseong.go. kr/ko/culture

Park Sung Eun  parkse@agrinet.co.kr

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