An important note on Jeju’s updated bus system and this blog post
From August 2017, Jeju Island implemented a new city and intercity bus system. It increased the number of buses in service, while simplifying the routes, fees and numbering system.
Consequently, the contents of this previously published blog post may have changed. We therefore would kindly request that you consult this page for new bus maps in English on VisitJeju.net, and this page on our blog for a chart of the old and new bus route numbers.
If you read Korean, then the province’s official bus system website is a useful and up-to-date resource. We hope you’ll enjoy your travels on Jeju Island!
– From our Korean tourism diarist –
This is the Seogwipo 5 Day Market. It is a place where you can really feel people as they go about their business.
Yet this wasn’t always the way on Jeju.
Until the end of the Joseon Dynasty there were no proper markets. Then during the transition period known as Guhanmal from the final dynasty years and before the Japanese colonial period the markets appeared.
1906 saw Jeju Governor, Yoon Won-gu, begin to open markets in the eup and myeon villages for locals to trade more easily.
Fast-forward on to 1970s Seogwipo. Tourism, tangerines, and a general growth in Seogwipo’s economy saw a need to establish a 5 day market there. Farm products and the exchange of information rolled in from across the rural areas.
So Seogwipo’s market began in Seohung-ri on March 22, 1974 then later moved to its current place in Donghung-dong in 1995.
In 1999 there was more refurbishment including parking spaces and bathrooms. In 2002 more land was bought. In 2004 and 2006 the market covering was improved with further car parking added in 2007.
It has actually been a long time since I visited the market. There have been a lot of changes. Maybe due to the parking and bathroom that’s why more people come.
Everyone will be happy if this old traditional market can keep on going I think.
Now the stores total 547 and every time the five days rolls around $200,000 changes hands.
Another thing worth noting is the customer service policy – the first of its kind across the whole nation.
In it the market and market sellers pledge for customer satisfaction with a variety of products. Plus the price will be cheap, there will be good trading ethics, an indication of a product’s origin, clean parking and bathroom facilities.
On top of that there’s a blacksmith experience where you can make or buy items.
Of course supermarkets also offer cheap and convenient shopping, but using the local places like the Seogwipo 5 Day Market can help the local community.