[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.]
On arrival at the five day market, there a many sounds and lots of people. The market is divided in parts: fruits, vegetable, sea food, medicinal herbs, clothes and so on. The market has almost any kind of thing a person may neeed and is proven by it’s large size. There are many spectacle with perfume of country. The Jeju traditional market opens every 5th day, 2,7,22,27 every monthly. On all such occasions, many people come, almost causing a traffic jam.
Kim Yeonghui and his wife of 30 years are merchants at the market and sell gardening supplies such as flower pots, plants and fertizer. Mr. Kim expressed the negative effects of big markets like E-mart or Lotte mart have on the local markets. He also says that some people come to his store to buy items in a tradition way.
Bak Seokbeom, another merchant who sell clothes, said “There is everything in the in the five-day market. i think it is fun to look for things. I am a merchant but I always come here for fun. My dauther think this too.” Bak looked excited and so did his daugther, who was very shy but was smiling.
The merchants at Jeju traditional five-day are kind and generous and their good hearts are overflowing. There is energy in their activity and they are willing to bargin and drop prices for those who are willing to negotioate.
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