Please note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many of Jeju’s seasonal festivals and tourist destinations have closed. Meanwhile, though, we would like to highlight some of the island’s culinary attractions. We sincerely hope you will visit Jeju once the crisis has passed.
Korean regional cuisine (hyangto) is one of those rare gifts a culture can bestow on both its citizens and its visitors.
Essentially we can travel back in time and enjoy the flavors, techniques and ingredients that have enriched Korean culture for centuries.
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Fortunately, you don’t need a time machine. It’s just a quick search online for your nearest well-reviewed traditional Korean food establishment.
As it happens there are some rather well-known restaurants serving Jeju regional cuisine around the JTO, near the offices of the provincial government in Jeju City.
Given the cooler weather, we opted to try four traditional Jeju soups for lunch.
They all center around a variety of local ingredients such as pork, fish, seaweed, pumpkin, and cabbage. They were wonderful on their own and in different combinations.
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