[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.]
Jeju's Five day market began in 1968. The market opens five days a month and is called the ‘Five days market.' It is one of the largest markets in Jeju. Many people visit the market and buy many different items. There are many merchants and customers and can be difficult to move around easily on a busy day.
Big markets in Jeju, like an E-mart or Lotte Mart, can have an affect on traditional markets. The government requires these larger chain stores to close one day a month to support the smaller local markets. Park Sung beom, a merchant who sells naturally dyed clothes, thinks the big markets do not affect him. He believe that people who want to shop at bigger markets will shop at bigger market and those who want to shop at conventional markets will shop at smaller, local markets. They will go to the five-day market.
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