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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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. **