Jeju Island Green Tea: The Emerald Jewel of Korea

Jeju Island, a picturesque region in South Korea, has been renowned for its exceptional green tea for over 1,200 years. At SEEIN, we take immense pride in sourcing our green tea from this historic and environmentally conscious area. Join us as we explore the fascinating history and sustainable practices that make Jeju green tea a true gem in the world of tea.

Jeju green tea

The Perfect Conditions for Green Tea Cultivation

 

Jeju Island’s unique geographical conditions make it an optimal location for growing green tea. To thrive, green tea requires an average annual temperature of 14-16°C, with winters no colder than -2°C. Additionally, an annual rainfall of at least 1,500mm is essential. Jeju Island not only meets these criteria but surpasses them, making it a superior choice for green tea cultivation compared to other regions in South Korea.

 

The island’s vast, flat terrain is advantageous for large-scale cultivation, and its volcanic rock-filtered water is slightly acidic, containing natural components that contribute to the tea’s exceptional quality. The high rainfall on Jeju Island passes through soil rich in organic matter, undergoes natural filtration, and provides an abundant water supply for the tea plants.

 

During the harvest season, dense fog envelops the island, creating a natural shading effect that enhances the flavor and color of the green tea, resulting in a deeper, more satisfying experience for tea lovers.

 

The Visionary Behind Jeju Green Tea

 

The story of green tea cultivation on Jeju Island began with the late Suh Sung-whan, the founder of Amore Pacific. In the 1970s, Suh Sung-whan embarked on a mission to establish a tea-drinking culture in South Korea. He recognized the untapped potential of Jeju Island’s unique geographical conditions and initiated a reclamation project on the barren slopes of Hallasan Mountain.

 

Although Jeju had no historical record of tea cultivation, Suh Sung-whan’s vision and determination paved the way for the island to become a major player in the green tea industry.

A Bright Future for Jeju Green Tea


Today, Jeju Island stands alongside Boseong in South Jeolla Province and Hadong, which began its tea journey at the Ssanggye Temple of Jirisan Mountain, as one of the three primary green tea-producing regions in South Korea.


At SEEIN, we believe that Jeju Island’s green tea is poised to become a signature product, rivaling the popularity of the island’s famous tangerines and hallabong oranges. The island’s clean environment, ideal growing conditions, and dedication to quality make Jeju green tea a true gem in the world of tea.


Experience the Essence of Jeju Green Tea with SEEIN


We invite you to embark on a journey of taste and wellness with SEEIN’s Jeju Island green tea. Each sip represents the island’s pristine nature, rich history, and unwavering commitment to producing the finest green tea possible.


As you savor the exquisite flavor and aroma of our Jeju green tea, you can take comfort in knowing that you are supporting a tradition that embodies the essence of South Korea’s tea culture and the visionary spirit of those who brought green tea cultivation to this emerald jewel of an island.


For more information about Jeju green tea and its benefits, visit the Jeju Tourism Organization and explore the rich history and ideal growing conditions that make this tea so special.