Ulsan Oegosan Onggi Pottery Village

Have you already noticed the huge amount of earthenware pots spread all around Korea? You must have – they are impossible not to notice. In the outskirts of Ulsan there is even a whole village dedicated to these Onggi porcelain pots; the Oegosan Onggi Pottery Village. These posts are mainly used to store kimchi and sauces, like soy sauce, hot pepper paste and brown bean paste. In winter these kind of urns were buried underground to store a whole range of fermented vegetable.

The Oegosan Onggi Pottery Village was established by potters and artisans from all over the Korean peninsula to make onggi’s and to preserve this traditional craft. The village is ‘not surprisingly’ the largest producer of traditional Onggi’s in Korea. Come to Oegosan Onggi Pottery Village and explore the culture of Onggi!

Onggi! Onggi! Onggi! Don’t you think it’s a catchy word? Try saying it out loud. Feels good, right? (Or am I the only weird one?).

You can sign up for different experiences around the village, from kimchi making to making a clay plate. In the kimchi making experience we all received an Onggi pot, salted cabbage and a pot of different kind of vegetable. It only took us 20 minutes to make the kimchi as everything was prepared for us, but the experience was fun and we’re really happy with our two new Onggi’s!

Next we sampled some kiln baked potatoes with kiln dried salt. Absolutely delicious. We Belgians love potatoes! You can compare it to the way Koreans love their rice. So imagine how happy I was to finally try proper baked potatoes.

As this is the place to be for finding Onggi’s, you will also find some great pottery masters. The master could make 4 different kind of cups in less than 5 minutes! After showing of his skills it was our turn to bring out the artist in us! Making our own cups and plates. When doing these kind of crafts, my husband turns into a real artist! He always manages to make me feel bad about my adequate skills.

How to get here?
From Seoul you can take the express bus (approx 22 000won) or KTX (approx 46 000won) to Ulsan. The bus should take around 4h30 and the train 2h. Take bus 507 or 715 from Ulsan express or intercity bus terminal and get off at Oegosan Village, the ride will take around 1h.

Souvenir tip! As christmas is coming up why not gift an Onggi to your family or friends back home? I’ve been scraping the internet as I want to get one for my father. Since I moved to Korea he started making his own kimchi at home, so I can’t think of a better present for him than his own Korean Kimchi fermentation pot!

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10 Responses

  1. this looks such an interesting place and the first time I am hearing about this. never heard of it before. I have never been to Korea but if I do, this place definitely will be on my watch and visit list. thanks for sharing

  2. Laura says:

    Oh wow! This looks like such a cool experience

    Laura || http://www.thelifeoflaura.com.au

  3. Susan Minich says:

    So cool!! I’ve heard great things about Kimchi and fermented vegetables and gut health. I’d love to try it in an Onggi pot! Do you find that the pot makes it more flavorful?

  4. Rebecca says:

    Wow, never heard of these pots, definitely a great christmas gift!

  5. Caroline says:

    I’ve never actually tried Kimchi before but would like to now! What a great adventure you got to experience.

  6. Kristyn says:

    This looks like so much fun. The other day I walked down the crafts aisle and a book on Pottery actually caught my eye. Hope I can try out pottery one day.

  7. Aimee says:

    So interesting how they store the fermented food in pots underground. Loved learning more about the Korean culture.

  8. CASSIE says:

    This looks like such a gorgeous little village! What a fun adventure 🙂

  9. Karlee says:

    I love that going to pick out an Ongii was an experince in itself, it wasn’t like going to the store and buying a pot. You got to make one and see how they are made, make different foods in them, and everything! That’s not something that is very common, it sounds like a lot of fun!!

  10. Love the creativity…there’s so much talent in the world

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