Although Korea saves you money in many areas, grocery shopping is not one of them. Buying fruit and vegetables in Korea can be really exorbitant and possibly on par with European prices. It’s probably because as foreigners we are craving all those delicious products from back home such as strawberries, cherries and walnuts. We are used to cooking with certain items and eating certain foods. One of the toughest parts of living in Asia is learning a whole new way of cooking and having to try new vegetables and fruits that seem foreign to us.
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As I was preparing to move to Korea, I kept reading online that it was actually cheaper to eat at restaurants than it was to eat at home. This can definitely be true, but I still wanted to cook at home. It took me a while to fully suss out all of my grocery options without getting discouraged -- veggies and (especially) fruits can be significantly pricier here, as are things like ground beef. But, if you know how and where to shop, it's easy to find good deals and not break the bank while trying to cook at home.
This past weekend, Osan hosted their monthly traditional market, so some fellow Chungdahm teachers and I went to check it out. Traditional markets are very common in Korea, and any length of time spent in this country needs to include a visit to a market. So what makes Osan's market so special that we traveled a couple hours to get there? Well, according to the great internet, it's been around for over 200 years. A mention of it exists in a publication from 1792 called Hwasong Kyolriji, proving it's been around for a very, very long time.
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Pohang is situated in the Southeast region of Korea; having both a northern region (Buk-gu) and southern region (Nam-gu). As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, there is a Chungdahm location for teaching English in each region, although the Nam-gu office is the main branch for the English teaching aca. Having worked at the Buk-gu office in Pohang my first three months in Korea, I learned of Market Day in I-dong from my co-workers at the Nam-gu office. I had grown accustomed to doing my grocery shopping at the supermarket in the Buk-gu area but I was also very curious about this market day in I-dong. Here’s what I learned.