Hamyang-eup Sangnim Forest Hamyang Five-day Market Inwol Five-day Market Inwol Brewery
Many people find pleasure in visiting traditional markets in Korea. One of the main reasons is to see a variety of unique items from different regions and the people who came to sell and buy these items. To most visitors, fresh local products are always at the top of their shopping list. It's mainly because they're usually better quality and cheaper than those at the supermarket in their city.

Two of the most well-known five-day markets are in Hamyang and Namwon city. The five-day market refers to a market held every five days. But nowadays, it's usually held only on certain days of the month. So tourists and visitors are recommended to check the date before visiting the marketplace.

Many at this type of farmers' market are still living an old-fashioned life, making the marketplace a great place to experience the old Korean folk culture.

  • How to get to Hamyang?
  • Seoul Nambu Terminal→ Hamyang Intercity Bus Terminal
  • Hours) First Bus: 07:30.   Last Bus: 16:10
    No. of Departures: Four times daily at 07:30, 09:00, 15:00, 16:10
    Bus Fare: KRW 17,200
  • Dongseoul Terminal→ Hamyang Intercity Bus Terminal
  • Hours) First Bus: 12:00.   Last Bus: 14:30.
    Bus Fare: KRW 17,200

    Inquiries: Hamyang Intercity Bus Terminal +82-55-963-3281
    * By Car: Take the Olympic Expressway to Hamyang IC.
1day,Sangnim Forest in Hamyang Historical records show that Sangnim Forest in Hamyang was created by Choe Chi-won to prevent flood after he was appointed as the governor of Hamyang-eup. It was originally called 'Daegwallim', but after the midsection of the forest was destroyed by flood years later, people built houses by further clearing the lot. Since then, people started calling the upper section of the forest 'Sangnim', or 'Upper Forest', and the lower section 'Harim', or 'Lower Forest'. But many years later, the lower section was completely destroyed and only Sangnim remained.
Sangnim Forest is a place of natural beauty throughout the year. Lush with oaks and hornbeams, the forest is still used as a great resting place for the local villagers. In addition to these trees, there are a wide variety of plants growing in the area. The place has over 20,000 trees in total. Sangnim is currently protected as a natural monument.
  • Travel Tip
  • Location: 349-1, Ullim-ri, Hamyang-eup, Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Inquiries: +82-55-973-1615
1day,Hamyang Five-day MarketSituated right in the middle of Hamyang-eup, Hamyang Jungang Market is where the five-day market takes place as well as being a traditional market that's open throughout the year. The five-day market takes place on the 2nd and 7th of every month. Except for these days, only indoor stores open in the market. But during the five-day market, many street vendors come to this place as their ancestors have for centuries.

The five-day market is called as such because it opens every five days, and this unique market system was established in the mid Joseon Period. At first, people gathered at the market every ten days, but the interval was reduced. Then, people started opening the market every five days from the end of the 17th century.

Hamyang Market is particularly popular for medicinal herbs. Hamyang is a large producer of medicinal herbs thanks to the natural environment. The Hamyang Local Herb Market in Anui, Hamyang-gun is a great place to buy herbs, even though it is some distance away from Hamyang Jungang Market. This market is open on the 5th and 10th of each month.
  • Travel Tip
  • Location: 607-4, Yongpyeong-ri, Hamyang-eup, Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    How to get there: From Hamyang Intercity Bus Terminal, get on Handeul-ro towards Indanggyo Bridge in Wicheon, and turn right after Nonghyup. The distance is only about 600 meters, or a five-minute walk.
    Inquiries: +82-55-963-2454
1day,Inwol Market in Namwon Inwol Market was first formed when General Yi Seong-gye, who established the Joseon Dynasty later, fought a large-scale battle with the Japanese at the end of the Goryeo Dynasty, and Inwol was used as a large market where military supplies were dealt.

  Not much has changed since the old days. People still do what their forefathers did centuries ago: Bring and sell their farm produce and buy other necessities. Farmers bring farm products ranging from wild vegetables to herbs, while those who are not farmers bring woodenware, fruits, dried persimmons, fermented soybeans, and farming tools.

  On ordinary days, there are approximately 50 indoor stores in total. But during the five-day market, more than 100 street vendors come to this place to sell their products. It recently became a busier place as more tourists come to this area with the opening of Jirisan Dulle-gil.
  • Travel Tip
  • Location: 252-1, Inwol-ri, Inwol-myeon, Namwon, Jeollabuk-do
    How to get there: Get on the Olympic Expressway, exit on Jirisan IC, and go towards Inwol. Inwol Market is located right next to Inwol Elementary School and Inwol Jirisan Bus Terminal.
1day,Inwol Brewery Inwol Brewery in Namwon, Jeollabuk-do is well-known for making makgeolli (Korean rice wine) for more than 40 years, using the traditional methods. It's run by Song Jun-su, a master of makgeolli. He became known to the public after appearing on a KBS TV show, 'The Beauty of Korea'.

At Inwol Brewery, makgeolli is made by using the old traditional methods. The rice is steamed, mixed, and then cooled. They even make yeast out of rice. Then the raw spirit is fermented. Every process is done by hand.

The brewery is divided into a number of different sections, including the night shift room, testing room, and raw material warehouse. At the main gate, the signboard is so old that it's hard to make out a word. You'll also find a large ceramic jar inscribed with the date March 21, 1963.

In the recent years, more people started visiting this brewery as Jirisan Dulle-gil became widely known to the public. Some even buy a bottle or two of makgeolli on their way to the mountain, while others take a whole jar on their way back home. In the morning, you'll see the master of makgeolli delivering his rice wine on a bicycle. He's been delivering the wine himself for more than 30 years.
  • Travel Tip
  • Location: 249-15, Inwol-ri, Inwol-myeon, Namwon, Jeollabuk-do
    How to get there: From the Jirisan Bus Terminal in Inwol-myeon, Namwon, go about 300 meters towards Unbong.
    Inquiries: +82-63-636-2020