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Seaside Pojangmacha

  • Tag Food
  • Date10/20/2020
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Korean food

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Seaside Pojangmacha
Seaside Pojangmacha
Summer is the season to hit the beach. Either splash in the water or relax under the shade, feeling the breeze and sunlight against your skin to enjoy summer to the fullest. But if you want to be an “inssa,” you'll have to take it up a notch. Seaside pochangmacha (food stalls) are sure to please your eyes, ears, and mouth, and maybe even captivate your heart!


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Pojangmacha (food stall) culture is deeply rooted in Korea’s society. As the culture continues to develop, seaside pojangmacha businesses have surfaced, attracting customers by providing diverse events and programs. Korea’s most noteworthy pojangmacha sectors include Haeundae Pojangmacha Town in Busan and Yeosu Romantic Pocha Street in Jeollanam-do.
Haeundae Pojangmacha Town can be found along Haeundae Beach. Its menu mainly features fresh seafood like sea squirts, sea cucumbers, spoon worms, horned turbans, clams, and sannakji (live octopus). In particular, Haeundae Pojangmacha Town’s signature lobster is a must-try. At an affordable price, you can enjoy chewy lobster meat along with side dishes that boost the rich flavors of the meat.
Yeosu Romantic Pocha Street truly emits a charming atmosphere. You’ll find a row of twenty pojangmacha stalls lined up under Geobukseon Bridge, a bridge inspired by Korea’s national war hero Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s turtle ship. Yeosu Romantic Pocha Street has somewhat of a sentimental atmosphere that sets it apart from other pojangmacha streets. In previous years, Yeosu was met with an influx of domestic travelers thanks to the immense popularity of a song called “Yeosu Night Sea” by Busker Busker. Look around and you’ll see many visitors taking in the ocean view, lost in the moment while appreciating live music playing in the background. Foods offered here include haemultang (spicy seafood stew), hagfish, griddled food, and octopus.
Helpful tip
Enjoy seaside pojangmacha to the fullest
Operating hours
- Haeundae Pojangmacha Town: 17:00-24:00
- Yeosu Romantic Pocha Street: 18:00-01:00 (next day)
Menu prices
- Haeundae Pojangmacha Town:
Small octopus 20,000 won
Horned turbans 20,000 won
Lobster 150,000 won
* All menus serve two
- Yeosu Romantic Pocha Street:
Haemul samhap 30,000 won
Ramyeon with octopus 10,000 won
* Soju / beer: 2,000~4,000 won (varies by vendor and brand)
Keep in mind
- Haeundae Pojangmacha Town:
It is usually full due to its location at Haeundae Beach. If you want to secure a table, it is advised to make a reservation in advance. Take note that due to limited seats, all customers have a 2 hour time limit.
- Yeosu Romantic Pocha Street:
Visitors are strongly advised to use public transportation as the street is a vehicle-free zone and lacks parking space. Most vendors accept credit cards.

* Operating hours and prices may vary by vendor