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Seogwipo Rural 5-day Market (서귀포향토오일시장)_A Fun Treasure Hunt?

 

Fresh and vividly colored fruits are the star at almost all Jeju 5-day markets. Especially orange colored mandarin, grown outdoors in winter, and grown in greenhouses in summer. On one side of the fruit section, you will find tropical fruits like dragonfruits and manggoapples as well.
On the left side of the fruit section, street food stalls continuously seduce visitors. The most recognizable street food here is probably skewers such as Sotteok skewers (sausage and rice cake), chicken skewers or barbequed skewers. Here, the street food offerings include hotteok, waffles, boiled corns, and of course, the iconic twisted bread stick.
At the agricultural section, home-grown vegetables, such as deep purple colored sweet potatoes, mini sweet pumpkins, mini paprikas and broccolis, entice visitors to have a closer look.
The market also sells a range of daily supplies from clothes & shoes, household items, to miscellaneous items. Cute and lovely ‘Haenyeo (diving women)’ dolls made with clothes, and natural soaps made from Jeju mandarins or carrots are usually hiding on one or two stalls. Look carefully around the market, if you want to find a unique souvenir.

 

 


 

Since opening in the early nineties, ‘Seogwipo Rural 5-day Market’ has become the largest traditional market in Seogwipo city. This perennially interesting market, with approximately 600 stalls, has traditionally been selling agricultural, fisheries, clothes & shoes, pets, home wares, plants, and more. Seeing as many villages have 5-day markets, many merchants move about the island selling their goods from one to the next, and new items are continuously introduced. A few newly opened clothing stalls selling trendy Jeju style clothes or natural dyeing clothes even have fitting rooms.
You can also experience the bygone days of Korea through 1970s-style cassettes tapes, nostalgic snacks, or traditional fine-tooth combs.

 


 


  One thing you should not miss in this market

 

Taste Jeju!_Grocery shops
Holes in the wall, sidewalk vendors, or eateries with good reputations… some of the best Jejuicy side-dishes are found in 5-day markets. You can purchase your plate after tasting all the samplings on the stands. Some pickled squid or pickled octopus might be a good bet. It can be turned into the perfect Octopus Bibimbap, if you add them to a bowl of rice and mix together. The stalls have an abundance of fresh and local jeju traditional side dishes such as seasoned bean or seasoned autumn bean leaves with soybean paste. Just ask them this. “삼춘, 제주 토속 반찬은 어느 거꽈? (Samchun (the seller), Jeju Tosok Banchaneun Euneu Gegga? (Which ones are Jeju traditional side dishes?))


 


  What to eat

 

Unlike other 5-day markets, many eateries here open daily, regardless of the market days. Korean sausage and rice soup (순대국밥) is the star of almost all traditional markets in Korea. Every region in Korea has its own recipe of Korean sausage (순대). If you have been to other traditional markets in the mainland, you will find it interesting to compare different versions of Korean sausages. A glass of Makgeoli (unrefined rice wine) will be the cherry on top.
A cup of hot sweet coffee mix sold for 700 won by a push-cart will also be a good choice for your afters. It’s a fun experience.


 


  Other things to do

 

After the market tour, take the Seogwipo city tour bus departing right in front of the market. The bus circulates around major tourist attractions of Seogwipo city including Chilsimni Food Street, Cheonjiyeon Falls, Soldongsan, Oedolgae Rock, and more. Not enough time? Just drop by Cheonjiyeon Falls or Oedolgae Rock, which are popular with both foreign and domestic tourists.

 


  

    [Travel Information]

    · Products availableAgricultural, fisheries, clothes & shoes, miscellaneous items, food, plants, medicinal herbs,

      blacksmith, and restaurants
    · No. of stalls: Approx. 598
    · Open: 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 29th of each month. (10:00~20:00)

    · Location: 18-5, Jungsangandong-ro 7894beon-gil, Seogwipo-si

    · Contact: 064-763-0965


    How to get here

    [From Jeju Bus Terminal] Take bus no. 181 (express) & stop at ‘Seogwipo Bus Terminal)’ (11 stops, 51 mins.) → transfer to bus

    no. 531 or 532 & stop at 'Seogwipo Rural 5-day Market' (10 stops, 11 mins.) → walk for about 2 mins. (151m)

    [From Seogwipo Bus Terminal] Take buses 531 or 532 & stop at 'Seogwipo Rural 5-day Market' (22 stops, 29 mins.) → walk

    for about 3 mins. (193m)


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