GOURMET TOUR OF TRADITIONAL MARKETS
Taste Special Foods and Medicinal Dishes from Jecheon Traditional Markets
As a city well-known for its diverse medicinal herbs like milk vetch root (Hwanggi), angelica (Danggui), wild greens, and various grains, Jecheon is full of healthy foods with special applications. The traditional markets provide steamed buns / sweet jellies / donuts stuffed with medicinal herbs, while Yakseon Food Street serves a table full of healthy options including spicy stir-fired chicken with Hwanggi, or medicinal beef Bulgogi. Don’t forget to add red fish cake and sticky rice cake to your menu.
① Gyo-dong Folk Painting Village(→5min.)
② Jecheon’s Traditional Markets(→5min.)
③ Yakseon Food Street(→5min.)
④ Yeokjeon Hanmaeum Market
Gyo-dong Folk Painting Village
Embracing Jecheon Hyanggyo (the local Confucian school), this village has decorated its walls with Korean traditional folded paintings in 7 themes. Each mural, full of wit and humor, shows its unique character in rich and splendid colors. They include: a magpie and a tiger (iconic objects in Korean folk art), Munjado (a painting that depicts letters with embroidery), Pungsokdo (a cultural landscape) that reveals the daily lives of ordinary Joseon people, and so on. In addition, the small workshops here offer art experience programs to draw folk paintings on fans and make pottery cups.
1. Folk painting workshop
Making doorplate, handkerchief, tote bag, fan / 30–40min. / 10,000 won (per 1 visitor)
Making woodprint, letter carving, color print collage books / 40min. / 5,000 won–10,000 won (per 1 visitor)
2. Ceramic art workshop
Pottery making experience (cups) / 30–40min. / 10,000 won (per 1 visitor)
3. Cooking workshop
Food experience (cookies / food therapy) / 30–40min. / 10,000 won (per 1 visitor)
Jecheon’s Traditional Markets
3 markets (Jungang / Naeto / Dongmun Market) are located at only a 10-minute distance by car from Jecheon Station. When you try the red fish cakes, which are as spicy as their intense color, it’s recommended to add fried foods and Gimbap as side dishes. Hwanggi-rice steamed buns (made from Hwanggi-infused water and rice harvested from around the Uirimji Reservoir) and handmade sticky rice cake are other special foods to try.
Jecheon Jungang Market 108, Pungyang-Ro, Jecheon-Si, Chungcheongbuk-do (Closed On The 1st / 3rd Sundays Of The Month)
Naeto Traditional Market 5, Yongducheon-Ro 11-Gil, Jecheon-Si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Jecheon Dongmun Market 22-6, Uirim-Daero 16-Gil, Jecheon-Si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Yakseon Food Street
Let’s indulge in a table full of healthy foods containing medicinal herbs. Spicy stir-fried chicken (Dak-galbi), beef Bulgogi including Jecheon Hwanggi, steamed rice with white dandelions, nutritional hot pot rice garnished with sweet potato / beans / ginkgo nuts, and more dishes complete the balance between taste and health.
Between Doksun-ro 11-gil and Uibyeong-daero 13-gil, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Hwanggi Dakgalbi, Yakseon beef Bulgogi, steamed rice with white dandelions
Yeokjeon Hanmaeum Market
This market right in front of Jecheon Station is remarkable for foods made from local medicinal herbs/specialties. Visitors can try sweet Yanggaeng (traditional jelly made of red beans or chestnuts) with mulberry leaves and angelica, savory donuts including milk vetch roots, and a big acorn Songpyeon (a half-moon shaped rice cake) containing bountiful nuts, after looking around the local specialty stores at the market entrance.
3-1, Naeto-ro 28-gil, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Daily Market / Periodical Market Open on days where the last digit is 3 or 8
HISTORY & CULTURE TRAIL TOUR
Follow Nature to Discover Jecheon’s History & Culture
What technology was used to create Uirimji, the ancient reservoir built 15-hundred years ago? Why does the site of the Jayangyeongdang Village School (Seodang, a primary education institute in the Joseon Era) include an exhibition hall for the Uibyeong (righteous armies raised in the cause of justice)? Seek solace through meditation at Baeron Sanctuary, which is visited by a number of Catholic pilgrims, and find joy from the nature in Jecheon. It’s time to start a fascinating historical tour.
① Uirimji History Museum(→15min.)
② Jecheon Central Market(→20min.)
③ Baeron Sanctuary(→20min.)
④ Bakdaljae Wooden Sculpture Park(→15min.)
⑤ Jayangyeongdang Village School
Uirimji History Museum
Uirimji Reservoir is one of the Top 3 ancient irrigation sites in Korea. The museum’s permanent exhibits offer information about the reservoir with 4 themes and the overall title: “the chest that contains time, history, culture, and life.” Visitors can explore the old literature and tales that referred the reservoir, and will also discover the answers to a number of questions: How was the reservoir built? And what ancient technology was applied to the construction? Screens placed all around the museum provide interactive learning experiences about the embankment construction and rice planting. A trick art exhibition and the chance to make rubbings are other things to experience here.
7, Uirim-daero 47-gil, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Closed on Mondays
Jecheon Central Market
This traditional market is the largest one in the whole Jecheon area. From the first basement to the second floor of the market building, more than 280 shops offer Hanbok (Korean traditional dress), cloth and clothes, jewelry, plates, and other type of merchandise. Red fish cake and buckwheat pancakes freshly cooked on the spot are among Jecheon’s special local street foods that you will find here.
108, Pungyang-ro, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Closed on the 1st/3rd Sundays of the month
This historic site of Korean Catholic missionary work attracts even non-religious tourists, thanks to its outstanding
landscape. During the persecution of 1801 (Shinyu Persecution) Joseon’s Catholics hid themselves in this area. In the cave
that has been preserved here, Hwang Sa-Yeong wrote a letter to inform others about how the Korean Catholics were being oppressed at that time. Besides this, St. Joseph’s Seminary, the first Korean theological school, has been restored here.
296, Baeronseongji-gil Bongyang-eup, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Bakdaljae Wooden Sculpture Park
This park was created based on the love story between Bakdal and Geumbong, and its location became especially famous after “Weeping Over Bakdal Pass (Woolgo Neomneun Bakdaljae),” a Korean popular song, was introduced in 1948. In the neighborhood, you can visit the “Mokguram Sanctuary,” a Buddhist sanctum for quiet prayer, as well as “Five Hundred Arhats,” with wood carvings that show all the Arhats with different and unique faces.
212, Bakdal-ro Baegun-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Jayangyeongdang Village School
This place was established by the Confucians in 1906 (in the 43rd year of King Gojong’s reign). In 1889, the facility was a Seodang (a traditional village school in the Joseon Era) with the title of
“Jayangyeongdang” founded by the Confucian scholar Yoo Joong-Gyo, who wanted to educate young pupils. Then, in 1895, the Jecheon Righteous Army Movement was begun by Yoo In-Seok, who raised his righteous armies (Uibyeong) on this site. Not only the main building of Jayangyeongdang, but also Jecheon Uibyeong Hall and the old houses of Yoo Joong-Gyo and Yoo In-Seok are opened to visitors.