Green Tea 




 The history of tea in Korea goes back to 828 A.D. when tea was first brought from China.  The King gave an order to plant tea on Mt. Chiri and this made Cholla and Kyongsang province the home of tea.

 During the Koryo Dynasty, tea was drunk in everyday lives by the royal family and nobility.  During this period, tea was popular among the Buddhist priests and Dado, the manner of drinking tea was developed by the priests.  The tea culture also had an influence on the development of Koryo Blue Celadon.  Dado dwindled in the Chosun Dynasty due to the restrictions on Buddhism and the emphasis on living a modest life style.  But in the latter Chosun Dynasty, Dado regained its popularity thanks to priest Choeui(1786-1866) of Ilji-am.  Also it is said that a great scholar and politician Jung, Yak-Yong was fasci-
nated by the when he was
exiled to Kangjin during the prosecution of Catholics and had a friendship with the priest Choeui.

 Bosung is a major tea farming region in Korea.  In Bosung the oceanic climate and continental climate alternate and provide an ideal climate for growing tea because of the adequate level of humidity from mist in the mornings and evenings.  Over 79 tons of green tea are cultivated on the 800 meter tea plantation.  After gathered, tea leaves are steamed and dried for mass production.

Green tea field