[This article is written by a JDC Junior Journalist. The JDC Junior Journalist program is an educational project sponsored by Jeju Free International City Development Corporation (JDC). JDC Junior Journalist articles are only briefly edited by mentors before publishing.]
The Jeju five-day market is a place with a long history and tradition. It is held once every 5 days. There is a ‘Grandma market place’ for senior sellers where they can sell agricultural products that they cultivated directly. There are many things to buy in the five-day market such as clothes, foods, and pets.
Lee Jung Ja who sells agricultural products at ‘The Grandma market place’ said, “ I am very glad when people buy the goods that i’ve cultivated, and I got a permit to sell here through the city hall.”
Whan jin who came to the five-day market with her husband to buy some fruits and baby stuff. Her husband said “ I’m from America. My wife came to Jeju because of me and I came here because I love nature, the beach, and the outdoors. I came to the five-day market because it’s fun to interact with the old ladies. If I had to sum up the five-day market in one word, I would say ‘unique,’ because it is different from what i’m used to do in America.”
Jeju K.I.S teachers Lisa and Theresa visited the market. Lisa said, “I came here because I have fish as pets and they sell fish and their food here. I also came here because it is cheaper and fresher than a department store. I think it is exciting.”
Theresa said, “If I describe this five-daymarket in one word, I would say ‘diverse!’”
Many people came here to buy some food for their meals, and some people who nourish pets such as fishes came here to buy their food. Also a small contingency of expatriates came here to see the landscape of the five-day market and try foods such as ‘Tteokbokki’.
Many different scenes unfold at the Jeju traditional market, scenes unique from other dipartment stores. Although it has bad facilities compared to other stores, one can feel the unique tradition bustling in the narrow passages of the market. Keeping this spirit alive should be a priority of the people of Jeju.
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