Things to eat

Find the best eateries in Jeonnam.

Mokpo Jayou Market

Mokpo Jayu Market is located near Mokpo Station and is started out as a gathering of individual shops opened and operated by local owners. It was official recognized as a market in 1999, quickly growing in size after that; the market currently has over 220 shops. In continuation of the market's growth, the Namjin Night Market started opening in 2015. The night market takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings and is filled with vendors selling popular marketplace foods.

Hongtaksamhap, which can only be eaten in Mokpo, means eating well-fermented skate and steamed pork slices served with Kimch, and cool makgeolli.

Address: 122, Jayoo-ro, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do


Gaetnaeum is a restaurant famous for live whiparm octopus  dishes and Beef Tangtang.

Tangtang, derived from the sound of chopping fresh live octopus, is a favorite food especially in Mokpo, Yeongam, and Muan where fine-legged octopus is caught.

The representative menu, “Hanwoo (Korean beef) Tangtang,” is chopped to make it easier to eat, and seasoned with red pepper, sesame, and savory sesame oil.

The tip of eating here is to add octopus to this and eat it together, then mix the remaining Tangtangi as an ingredient for bibimbap.

In particular, Korean beef beef soup with abalone is popular as a health food.

Address: 870-2 Sang-dong, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do TEL: 061-281-3531

Yeosu Fishery specific market

Yeosu Fishery specific markett  with modern facilities on the beach in Namsan-dong.

The Yeosu Fishery specific market has a three-story building and a roof-opening facility, and you can enjoy fresh seafood inexpensively by buying fresh seafood at a store on the first floor and visiting a restaurant on the second floor.

Address: 4 Namsan-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do TEL: 061-643-9944

Gejang (Yeosu Specialty Marine Market)

“Gejang” is a unique Korean “Salted crab” made by pouring seasoned soy sauce into trimmed crabs. There are various types of Gejang(Salted crab) such as “Spicy Gejang", which is made by mixing “Dolge(Paddle Crab)" with red pepper paste seasoning, “Soy Sauce based Gejang", which is boiled with various vegetables and soy sauce, and “Soybean paste Gejang" seasoned with soybean paste.

Address: 60-31 Namsalro, Daegyo-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do TEL: 061-643-9944

Naju Gomtang Hanokjip

Naju Gomtang is the most widely distributed and settled in Jeonnam meat culture. Najugomtang, cooked in a traditional way, is made by simmering beef bones over a very high heat for a long time, then chopped beef brisket and intestines, then boiled again for a long time. Najugomtang, a clear broth eaten with freshly cooked sticky rice, has excellent nutritional value.

Address: 6, Geumseonggwan-gil, Naju-si, Jeollanam-do TEL: 061-334-0707

Gwangyang Bulgogi Specialized street

Gwangyang bulgogi, cooked on a copper grill with charcoal in a bronze furnace, is widely known as “Cheonha Ilmi(

The best taste in the world)", and the secret of its taste is that it mixes thinly minced beef and special seasonings from each house.

Every year around October, a traditional charcoal grilling festival is held around the beautiful “Seocheonbyeon".

Address: 38 Seocheon 1-gil, Gwangyang-eup, Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do

Samjeong Restaurant (Damyang Ddeok-galbi)

Damyang Tteokgalbi is a dish in which beef is finely minced and kneaded, then made into a round shape and grilled on a grill. Minced short rib meat is thickly pasted on the ribs and then grilled with seasoning. You can feel the soft and tender taste of the meat.

Address: 11-1, Jichim-ri 3-gil, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do

Damyang Noodle Street

Noodle restaurants, which began to appear one by one from 50 years ago, have become a famous food street in Damyang. The must-try menus at Damyang Noodle Street are anchovy broth noodles and bibim noodles. In particular, noodles with soy sauce added to anchovy broth are popular in winter.

Address: 40 Gaeksa 3-gil, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do

Spicy Bajirak salad

The special taste of Gangjin made with the best Bajirak(clams) caught in the clean sea!

The shellfish caught in the clean tidal flat of Gangjin boast the best quality in Korea.

The clam is good for recovery of liver function or cardiovascular disease, and good food for anemia.

It is also low in calories and contains a lot of protein, making it a good diet food.

Address: 45, Boeun-ro 3-gil, Gangjin-eup, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do TEL: 061-434-1713

Grilled freshwater eel

If you visit Gangjin, you must try the health food, the soft and savory “Grilled Freshwater Eel" that grills fresh eel over charcoal fire!

Address: 80, Mokni-gil, Gangjin-eup, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do TEL: 061-432-9292

King prawns

The king prawns caught in the West Sea area are caught in Sinan-gun, a clean sea area, and they are popular as sashimi or grilled  with salt because they have better taste than those in other regions due to their low salt concentration.

Every fall, the King Shrimp Festival is held in Anjwa-do, Sinan-gun, where you can enjoy a variety of dishes such as shrimp pancakes and shrimp sashimi.

Address: 793, Abhae-ro, Abhae-eup, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do TEL: 061-246-3366

Sliced Raw Croaker

In Mokpo, they eat chewy and sweet sliced raw Croaker. Unlike other regions, not only sashimi but also skins and fins are cooked to enjoy its true taste.

The raw croaker is one of Mokpo's top five foods, along with skates, raw octopus, braised cutlassfish, and seasoned crabs.

Address: 47, Beonhwa-ro, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do

Cockle set menu

The Seasoned cockles have a sweet and sour taste, arouses the appetite, and the seasoning and the taste of the cockle go well together. The crunchy vegetables and the chewy texture of the cockle are truly a gold medal. Suncheon's pride, the Cockle set menu, enjoyed by everyone, is a must-try course.

Address: 496, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do" Tel: 061-741-5233


Daetongbap is a local food that takes advantage of the characteristics of Damyang, where there are many bamboos.

It is a food made by cutting bamboo stalks grown for more than 3 years, adding sweet rice, rice, black beans, ginkgo nuts, pine nuts, etc., and steaming the rice with the top side covered with Korean paper.

Address: 119 Juknokwon-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do

Charcoal-grilled Black pork

“Charcoal-grilled black pork", a bulgogi with seasoned red pepper paste, grilled over charcoal.

The sizzling bulgogi looks delicious, but if you wrap it in vegetablese and chew it, the harmony of the smoky scent and the sweet and spicy bulgogi taste is excellent.

The seasoning grilled on briquettes or charcoal has a soft meat and smoked aroma that appeals to your appetite.

Address: 60 Seokgok-ro, Seokgok-myeon, Gokseong, Jeollanam-do Tel: 061-362-3133

Hwangchil-Duck-Baeksook (Boiled Korean dendropanax-Duck with Rice)

Hwangchi-Duck-Baeksuk is a duck stew containing Hwangchil, a speciality and medicinal of the Haenam region. This is a health food that should be eaten when immunity is low, and it is a representative of healthy food that strengthens energy and prevents aging.

Address: 53, Maejeong-gil, Samsan-myeon, Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do Tel: 061-535-4751

Sliced Raw Spanish Mackerel

Sliced Raw Spanish Mackerel tastes best from October to February. In winter, the more oily flesh is chewed, the more fragrant it is.

There are many ways to eat, but in Haenam, it is best served with hot rice and seasoned soy sauce wrapped in roasted seaweed.

Address: 70 Ttangkkeunmaeul-gil, Songji-myeo, Haenam, Jeollanam-do Tel: 061-535-4779