NEW AND FAST APPROACHING Boseong Tea Fields and Pottery Experience

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 9:00pm
Boseong, Jeolla-nam-do
199,000W for members and 239,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Ms. Jennifer Flinn

This excursion will take us to the breathtaking southern reaches of the peninsula, to the picturesque tea plantations of Boseong County. Located on the far southern coast of Korea, it is surrounded by the mountains and sea, and has been one of Korea’s major tea-growing regions since the Japanese colonial period. It also plays an important role in one of Korea’s great literary works, as a partial setting for the novel “The Taebaek Mountains.” In addition to visiting the famous terraced tea fields and literary sites, we will have a special tea and pottery experience, see some excellent examples of colonial architecture with special literary significance, and drink in spectacular natural scenery, from the ocean to hidden waterfalls.
The trip will start by departing from the Yongsan Post Office at 9am, just outside exit 1 of Sinyongsan station (line 4 or blue line) on the Seoul Metro. From there we travel to Jeolla-do Gwangju. Once we arrive in Boseong, we will sit down for a lunch of Jeolla-style cuisine, which has long been regarded as one of Korea’s greatest. After lunch, we will head off for an afternoon of unique experiences, starting with a visit to a local potter’s studio. At the studio and kiln tour, we will be given a lesson in throwing pottery on a wheel, followed by a tea ceremony, guided by the potter. Just before dinner, we will take a short jaunt to a little-visited but beautiful waterfall that is renowned for the quality of the sound of its water.
For dinner, we will chow down on one of Boseong’s most delicious and exclusive offerings - samgeyopsal (grilled pork) from pigs fed tea leaves, giving the meat a light, delicate flavor (if you do not eat pork, please contact us in advance so that we can arrange an alternative and delightful meal that takes advantage of the local tea!). Then we will retire to our hotel for the evening, and those so inclined can take a walk on the beach or visit a nearby hot spring (time permitting) for a relaxing soak that uses tea leaves to enhance the baths.
In the morning, we will visit several different tea plantations. The tea fields of Boseong are some of the most visually spectacular in Korea, with gently sloping terraces surrounded by cedar trees and mountains, making it a favorite for photographers. We will also briefly stop by the new Korean Tea Museum, which gives a comprehensive overview of Korean tea history and culture. Then, we head to the small village of Beolgyo, an important setting for Jo Jung-rae’s novel of the end of the colonial period and subsequent turmoil, The Taebaek Mountains. We’ll see a number of sites associated with the novel (and subsequent film version by Im Kwon-taek), including the beautifully restored Japanese-style Boseong (formerly Namdo) Inn and Hyeon Bujajip, a rich merchant’s house with Japanese influences. After a light meal of Beolgyo’s famed clams, we will head back to Seoul. Return slated for around 9pm.

Reservation deadline: Monday, October 21, 2013

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Please make your payment by October 21 to the following account:
Shinhan Bank Account #100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

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Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

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