Onggi Pottery Village In Ulsan South Korea

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 pottery 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. Read on to find out more about this Onggi Pottery village in Ulsan South Korea.

Ulsan South Korea onggi pottery village

Quick Facts About The Onggi Pottery Village

  • The Onngi Pot Village in Ulsan is still the largest producer of the traditional Korean earthenware in Korea!
  • In the village is an Onggi Academy which runs all sorts of activity programs and cultivates professional artisans.
  • There is an over 2 meters high onggi pottery sculpture which was recognized in 2011 by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Visit the Korean Onggi Pot Village

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

In the village you will find a museum which tells the history of the onggi, an outdoor area which displays lots of onggi, and activity areas.

Ulsan South Korea onggi pottery village

Hands On Activities

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!

Ulsan South Korea onggi pottery village

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, you will also find some great onggi 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.

Ulsan South Korea onggi pottery village

Groups need to be minimum 30 people to join the activities and bookings need to be made in advance. Check more info here.

Visit The Onggi Village

SEOUL TO ULSAN BY TRAIN

From Seoul KTX Station you can take the KTX train to Ulsan KTX station. The train should take around 2 hours and cost 46 000 won. Tickets and timetables can be found here.

SEOUL TO ULSAN BY BUS

Take the bus from Dong Seoul Terminal or the Express Bus Terminal in Gangnam to Ulsan Bus Terminal. The bus ride takes minimum 4h30 and costs approximately 22 000 won. Check tickets and time tables here.

DAEGU OR BUSAN TO ULSAN

From Daegu or Busan you can easily take the express bus, which takes 1 hour and costs around 5000 won. Check tickets and time tables here.

GET TO THE POTTERY VILLAGE

Take bus 507 or 715 from the Ulsan Express or Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at Oegosan Village. The ride will take around 1 hour.

Other Information

Entry fee: free (the official website says 30 000 won, but this is for the activities, not just visiting.)
Opening Hours Onggi Museum: 09:00 – 18:00
Opening Hours Onggi Academy: 09:00 – 18:00
More info: onggi.ulju.ulsan.kr

Ulsan South Korea onggi pottery village

Onggi Pottery For Sale

If you can’t visit this village but still want to buy an Onggi then you can contact the individual Korean pottery masters or buy similar pots of Amazon.

Hangari Ceramics Korean Onggi Pot 

This onggi is hand made in Korea and provided by the official Korea Community Food Cooperative.

  • It is a natural glazed clay pot, made out of pure ocher.
  • Natural fermentation can be done in this pot, such as for kimchi, kochujang, doenjang and more.
  • The price of this pot is quite high, as it’s hand made!

** We have the same pot at home and use it for all our kimchi. The pot has the perfect size and the taste of our kimchi is totally amazing. **

Check prizes and info here!

 

Have any questions on onggi’s? Looking for more recommendations on where to buy them? What to visit the village? Let me know in the comment section below.

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12 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 ||

  3. 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

  11. Millian Anggono says:

    can you let me know where is the website
    i wanted to join in for the pottary class and kimchi class.

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