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A new Saturday market opens in MoseulpoEvery week tourists and locals will find great sights, sounds and deals at the Moseulpo Saturday Farmers' Market in Seogwipo City
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▲ Photo by Kim Jung Lim

A new Saturday market along the Moseulpo Port road, on the southern coast of Seogwipo, is attracting a lot of attention. On Oct. 29 about 20,000 visitors visited the market on its opening day.

Thirty-eight shops and vending booths offered fresh seasonal seafood and regional specialties including bingtteok (Jeju traditional buckwheat pancake rolled with sliced radish), a cup of turban shell, traditional vegetables and more.

Among the dignitaries on hand for the opening was Seogwipo City Mayor Ko Chang Hu. He told The Weekly that the Moseulpo Saturday Farmers’ Market is special among the many markets in Jeju.

“Fresh fish and special local products will be on show to shoppers, tourists, and Olle trekkers. People who visit this market will be satisfied,” he said.

▲ Moseulpo Port. Photo by Kim Jung Lim
▲ The road along Moseulpo Port where the market is held. Photo by Kim Jung Lim
▲ Photo by Kim Jung Lim

With the booths selling seasonal fish yellowtail at discount prices being especially crowded, Lee Jae Jin, the head of the Moseulpo National Federation of Fisheries and Cooperatives, said he had personally helped out by cleaning 80 yellowtail fishes by 1 p.m. He said he expected to cut 120 more that day.

“We came here to offer Jeju people and tourists fresh and delicious yellowtail fish,” he said. “Please come and enjoy.”

Jeju City citizen Jeong Tae Seong, who was standing in line in front of the yellowtail booth, said he heard about the new market on TV and made the trip south with five coworkers. He said he enjoyed the market but suggested that the number of booths selling yellowtail should be increased.

Some locals also commented that the market was underwhelming. Go Man Hee, who was out at a doctor’s appointment, said she didn’t see much difference from any local island market.

Local officials expect that the popularity of the first Moseulpo Saturday Farmers’ Market will bode well for its contribution to increased tourism and boost the local economy.

▲ Photo by Kim Jung Lim
▲ Photo by Kim Jung Lim
▲ Photo by Kim Jung Lim
▲ Foreign residents sell their own nations' foods at a special booth set up for the opening event of the Moseulpo Farmers' Market. Photo by Kim Jung Lim
▲ Photo by Kim Jung Lim
▲ Photo by Kim Jung Lim
▲ Photo by Kim Jung Lim
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