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.
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!