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Visiting Farmer's Markets while Teaching in South Korea

Posted on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:01 AM

Middle school exams are coming up and this gives English teachers in South Korea more time to explore. 

I have been eying street signs to the Agro Fishery market in my town for a while, but never found the time for it. Well this past weekend, I decided to actually go see what it was all about.

This market consists of two huge warehouses that sell vegetables, fruits, and seafood (hence, Agro fishery). The vegetables and fruits are grown by farmers all over the country and the seafood is fresh from the waters of Korea. The cool thing about this market is that the produce is significantly cheaper than the ones found in E-mart or Homeplus (the Wal-Mart of Korea).

Here is the vegetable section:

There are rows and rows of vendors that sell the same vegetables. A bag of twenty onions is priced at 5000won and veggies such as mushrooms, bell peppers, and potatoes are sold for under 3000won for a whole mountain of them!

Although they all sell the same produce, some will give you a discount, while others will give you some extra on the side.

The fruit section:

The fruits were so fresh that I wanted to buy out the whole market! 

Doesn't this make you drool? 

Now onto the fish market. There are some weird sea creatures Koreans love to eat, but you know what they say, don't judge until you try it!

Crabs on crabs on crabs (and lobsters)

Almost all the vendors were selling stingray. There are rows and rows of stingray displayed throughout the fish section, which makes you only think of how Steve Irwin died. They even have raw stingray cut up for you to try!

 Markets may seem like hidden gems, but they are actually very common and dispersed throughout Korea. Next time you decide to wander around your town, ask the locals where the nearest "Shi-jang" is!

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Aeri Park has had a multicultural history taking her from Seoul to Buenos Aires to Atlanta and back again. She graduated Emory University in 2008 and wanted to experience the culture of the place she was born. Aeri arrived in Suwon in 2010 and is now enjoying her second year teaching for Chungdahm in Pyeongchon. So far she has most enjoyed the food, fashion, and never ending list of places to explore. Follow Aeri to see where she goes!

Tags: teaching in Korea, food in Korea, markets, diet in korea, eating healthy in Korea

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