Fill your belly with Hampyeong delicacies, then soak your cares away
Another local speciality is octopus, which is served at local restaurants as pan-broiled octopus seasoned with red pepper, live octopus and nakji bibimbap. One restaurant to try is Nakji Madang, where prices range from 12,000 won to 39,000 won. (061) 322-2419.
Meanwhile, the main dish at Jangan Restaurant is gopchang gukbap, or boiled rice in soup with chitterlings, which is priced at 6,000 won. For those who are new to the dish, gopchang often has a peculiar smell. But you will hardly notice it at Jangan because the dish is so good and you’ll probably want another bowl of rice to sop up all that rich flavor. (061) 322-5723. If you go, take a minute to visit the cattle market just around the corner. It’s a truly authentic experience.
When your belly is full, relax at the haesujjim, which is a Korean-style hot spring with seawater and heated stones containing sulfur and herbs. It is said that haesujjim is good for healing arthritis as well as skin problems.
By Park Sun-young [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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