FOOD & TRADITIONAL MARKET TOUR
Yukhoe-Mulhoe (Cold Beef Tartare Soup)
The main ingredient of mulhoe (cold raw fish soup) is usually seafood, but Gyeongju is famous for mulhoe made with Korean beef, called yukhoe-mulhoe, which presents tender yukhoe (beef tartare) with fresh vegetables and sauce for the raw fish soup. The combination of tender beef, crispy pear and cucumber, and sweet and sour sauce makes a tasty dish.
Yaksu Dak Baeksuk (Whole Chicken Soup Cooked in Mineral Water)
Yaksu dak baeksuk is one of the most typical dishes found in Cheongsong. It is a whole chicken soup; chicken is boiled in “yaksu”, or carbonic acid mineral water, from Dalgi Yaksutang and Sinchon Yaksutang with a number of medicinal herbs over a long time. The mineral water coming out of cracks in the rocks removes the smell of chicken and makes the meat tender. That is why many chicken soup restaurants are found around mineral springs.
Dalgi Yaksutang 16, Yaksu-gil, Cheongsong-eup, Cheongsong-gun
Sinchon Yaksutang 41-6, Sinchon-ri, Jinbo-myeon, Cheongsong-gun
Gwamegi (Half-Dried Mackerel Pike)
A delicacy in Pohang in winter, gwamegi refers to mackerel pike, which was repeatedly frozen and thawed in clean areas along the East Coast. In the past, herring was used to make gwamegi, but mackerel pike took over its place due to a decreased catch of herring. Guryongpo is particularly known for high-quality gwamegi because it meets all the criteria to make perfect gwamegi, such as the fish’s freshness, wind and temperature.
Gaeun Ajagae Market
Originally started as “Gaeun-eup Fifth-day Market” in the 1950s, it was given the current name in 2014 as it was refurbished as an experiential culture and tourism market. It has recreated a traditional market with a plaza at the center and buildings in the style of traditional thatched houses. This enables experiential tourism as well as shopping. The popular programs include experiencing blacksmith’s workshop, experiencing a mill, and playing traditional folk games.
17, Gaeun 3-gil, Gaeun-eup, Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Yeonghae Manse Market
Yeonghae Manse Market in Yeongdeok has been a large traditional market for a long time, supplying marine products to inland regions, such as Andong, Yeongyang, and Cheongsong. As Yeongdeok is a coastal town, the market features a variety of fresh seafoods as well as a lot of agricultural products. This five-day interval market opens on the dates ending with 5 and 0.
Yejusijang 5-gil, Yeonghae-myeon, Yeongdeok-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Chilgok served as a hub of transportation and a center of water transport using waterways, and it even had a waegwan (“Japan House”), where Japanese stayed for trade during the Joseon Dynasty. Waegwan Market started being formed in the 1930s and it is the largest traditional market in Chilgok. It is known for its back gate decorated with beautiful lights that light up at night. The five-day interval market opens on the dates ending with 1 and 6.