Last weekend, my boyfriend and I went to the Boseong, an area about 5 hours south of Seoul where they grow green tea plants. We went for two reasons: first, the tea fields are a famous part of this province (and one I wanted to see before leaving Korea in August), and second, they were having a light festival from December – January. As a child, I looked forward to bundling up and seeing the annual Columbus zoo lights with my family and neighbors, so this was a perfect opportunity to have a similar experience and forget winter for a bit.
Boseong itself is a tiny town compared to the rest of South Korea and although we stayed in the town the first night, a rooster woke us up bright and early!
On Saturday, we moved to our pension outside of the town. We felt lucky to get this pension, since it was within walking distance of two major tea fields. However, we soon found out that the location was the only good part – the big window was drafty, and the room was not clean. It was more expensive than the place we stayed in town.
But, we made the best of it. In the afternoon, we went to the most well-known tea field, and in the evening, we walked down to the light show, which we could see from our pension!