Food & Traditional Market Tour
Gondeure Bap (Thistle Rice) & Kotdeungchigi Guksu (Buckwheat Noodle Soup)
The rice cooked with thistle boosts your immunity due to its high vitamin C content and helps your digestion due to rich fiber content.
The buckwheat noodle soup is a clear soup with fairy thick noodles with a grainy texture, and the dish got its name because the noodles hit your “kotdeung”, or the bridge of your nose, when you eat it.
* Visit Jeongseon Arirang Market to try these dishes.
Abai Sundae (North Korean-style sausage)
This specialty of Sokcho originated from Hamkyong-do Province in North Korea. The people who were displaced from North Korea due to the Korean War and settled down in Sokcho re-created this dish with a slight twist of the ingredients. The original recipe requires boiling or steaming pig’s intestines stuffed with sweet rice and clotted blood, but in Sokcho, people started using squid instead of the intestines. Various seasoned ingredients stuffed into squid taste savory.
Charcoal Grilled Pork
Hwarogui (charcoal grilled pork) is cooked by grilling specially seasoned pork on a cast iron brazier with oak charcoal. This dish is known to be tender and without the smell of fat specific to pork, and the secret lies in using the pork from locally bred pigs, marinating it in a special sauce, and using oak charcoal when grilling it.
Hongcheon Hwarogui Street Whole area of 17-4, Yangjimal-gil, Hongcheon-eup, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do
Bukpyeong Fifth-day Market
Bukpyeong Fifth-day Market is a historic traditional market with a 200-year tradition. This five-day interval market opens on the dates ending with 3 and 8, and it hosts over 800 stores, including street stalls, making it an all-in-one shopping mall. It is fun to walk around to see the agricultural products that the vendors themselves grew and a variety of seafood as the city is a coastal city.
Jeongseon Arirang Market
Jeongseon Arirang Market is a traditional market that appears in the lyrics of a folk song titled “Jeongseon Arirang”. The market became known with the introduction of Jeongseon Arirang Train in 2015, and it has now become a market for tourists from all over the country. It sells a wide selection of wild greens and herbs found in a highland climate, agricultural products such as potatoes, and local dishes.