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Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market_Shelter for Jeju Olle Walkers & Foodies!




Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market, one of the top 2 biggest traditional markets in Seogwipo city along with ‘Seogwipo Rural 5-Day Market’, is less crowded and more spacious compared to ‘Dongmun Traditional Market’, the biggest daily market in Jeju city.
A stream flows through the middle of the market, and there are also seats lining its edges for visitors to enjoy their food and take a rest. In the food stalls right next to the stream, you can taste the market’s most delicious snacks. Barbequed black pork skewer, barbecued horsemeat skewer, octopus shaped bread, harbang shaped bread, snow crab gratin… The barbecued black pork skewer and barbecued horsemeat skewer served as cubes with pineapples and rice cake are sold at only 5000 won per skewer. Black pork and horsemeat are Jeju traditional foods. If the thought of eating horse is a bit uncomfortable for you, there are many other yummy things you can try. However if you are feeling adventurous, the barbecued meat might be a good chance to try unfamiliar food. I bet you will love it at first bite.
The path along the stream will lead you to the center of the market, full of unique Jeju street foods; ‘Modakchigi’, tempura, Agangbal’, traditional chicken and so on.

 



 

Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market has a long and interesting history since the early 1960s. The market arcade was renovated, and its shopping center expanded from 2001. The market, a part of Jeju Olle Course Route 6, once struggled due to the emergence of superstores, however, it is now always full of life, with many Jeju Olle walkers, foreign tourists and locals as well.
You’d better allow one or two hours to explore the whole market, with approximately 300 stalls and vendors selling almost everything at a cheap price.

 

 

 


  What to eat

 

Once you step into the market, Jeju street foods like 귤하르방빵 (hareubang-shaped tiny bread with Hallabong flavor), octopos-shaped bread and tempura will tempt you, however you’d better enjoy them after having other delicacies inside the market.
Pippi’s picks are as follows;


①  Modakchigi (모닥치기): is a Jeju word meaning “gathering together” (of people or things), and for the food it refers to serving 4 or 5 different foods (ddeokbokyi, dumplings, tempura, gimbap, Korean sausage and sometimes pig feet) mixed with marinated red pepper paste altogether in a dish. The name ‘Modakchigi’ is not even familiar with mainland Koreans.

  

② Agangbal (아강발): is Jeju style pork hocks. Jokbal (pork hocks) and fried chicken are Korean’s all time favorites. Agangbal is a kind of Jokbal, but different from that of the mainland. Some people call it ‘mini Jokbak’, but it is actually a part below the ankle of the animal, served only in Jeju.

 

③ Nostalgic taste, take-out ‘fried chicken’: The most well-known chicken brand is ‘Manong Chicken’. You might question whether it is really popular, since there is no queue and it looks vacant. When you walk into the restaurant though, you will immediately understand why. They give you a number, and you need to come back within 1 or 2 hours. So, if you want to try it, you’d better order it first, then explore the market.

 
④ Crab gratin: Fragrant with a porridge or cream soup like texture. It’s surprising to find corn and pasta inside it.

  
⑤ Geumbok Restaurant (금복식당): Only 3000 won for a set menu with barley rice? You may find it hard to believe, but it is real! Their barley rice bibimbap with 5~6 side dishes provides a simple but satisfying meal.

 

 


  What to buy

 

You can buy 15 boxes of Jeju tangerine chocolate at only 10000 won. If you have many friends to prepare travel gifts for, this could be a good choice. However, do not be tempted only by the price, since the weights are different from 8 or 10 boxes for the same price.

   

Key rings with a harbang-shaped doll or Haenyeo doll are also hottest items, and you can find Jeju Olle souvenirs as well at Jeju Olle Tourist Center located near Gate 7. Here, you can also make your own Ganse dolls with old clothes and scrap fabric by taking part in the ‘Ganse Doll Workshop’. It takes about 1 hour and the center is an exemplary eco-friendly brand on Jeju.

  

 


  Other things to do

 

The market is a few steps away from ‘Lee Joong-sup street’, which has become one of the top tourist attractions, thanks to its culture and arts design market held on weekends. It’s also a quick stroll to Cheonjiyeon Falls (1km) and Jeongbang Falls (1.4km), two famous waterfalls in Jeju. If you love walking, just leisurely stroll to the east for about 400 meters. ‘Small Jeuonbang Falls (소정방폭포)’, a surprisingly well-hidden spot that most tourists never know about, will give you an unexpected pleasure. Here, you can cool off from the sizzling heat with a refreshing swim in summer.

 

 

  

    [Travel Information]

    · Products available: Fisheries (dried and raw fish), crops, agricultural, clothes & shoes, medicinal herbs,

      Jeju specialties (Omegi-tteok, Udo nuts, chocolates, etc.), souvenirs, and miscellaneous items
    · No. of stalls: Approx. 340
    · Open: Daily 07:00 – 21:00 (till 20:00 in winter)

    · Location: 18, Jungang-ro 62beon-gil, Seogwipo-si

    · Contact: 064-762-1949


    How to get here

    [From Jeju Bus Terminal] ① Take bus no. 181 (express) & stop at ‘Seogwipo Transit Center)’ (14 stops, 1 hr.) → walk for

    about 10 mins. (576m) / 2,800 won with T-money card. Take bus no. 281 & stop at ‘Youth Cultural Center)’ (51 stops,

   1.2 hrs.) → walk for about 2 mins. (126m) / 1,150 won with T-money card.

    [From Seogwipo Bus Terminal] Take bus no. 201, 281, 510, 531 or 532 & stop at ‘Youth Cultural Center)’ (12 stops, 15 mins.)

   → walk for about 2 mins. (100m)


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