Boseong County is situated in South Jeolla Province, one of the nation’s best-known locations for green tea plantations. With the perfect combination of temperature, humidity, and soil for growing green tea leaves, the region is famous for high quality green tea. Nearly 40 percent of the nation’s green tea is produced in this region. In the 1930s, the Japanese colonial government established Korea’s first commercial tea plantation. After Korea’s liberation in 1945, Daehan Tea Plantation was established in 1957 and has since developed into one of the most beautiful places not only in Korea but also the world.
Boseong is also one of the country’s leading tourist attractions. Events such as Boseong Sori Festival and Green Tea Festival attract a great number of visitors every year. The region is also where famous Korean dramas and films have been shot. CNN also designated Boseong one of the country’s 50 most beautiful places to visit. In line with that, the 14th Boseong Green Tea Fields and Light Festival ran from Dec. 16 last year to Jan. 31 this year. Under the theme “A Beam of Hope,” the vast tea plantation as well as Korea Tea Culture Park and nearby Yulpo Beach was decorated with thousands of tiny colorful light bulbs, creating a fantastic scenery. The lights came on from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. or midnight. Other tourist sites there include the Korea Tea Culture Park’s Galaxy Tunnel, Tea Plantation Wave of Lights, and Light Valley of Hope.
Christine Kim Staff Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. Where can you find Boseong County?
2. What did the Japanese government do in the 1930s?
3. What is the theme of the festival?
1. Do you drink green tea? Why? Why not?
2. Do you like going to festivals? Why? Why not?
3. What are some famous festivals in your country?