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Make your own Korean kimchi! Kimchi-making program at the Bucheon Kimchi Theme Park

Make your own Korean kimchi! Kimchi-making program at the Bucheon Kimchi Theme Park

Ever wanted to become a kimchi master, but don’t want to sacrifice too much time from your trip? Well, here’s your answer! Located in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do Province close to the Incheon and Gimpo international airports, the Kimchi Theme Park offers a condensed yet authentic kimchi-making program complete with take-home recipes. The Kimchi Theme Park is also located near hanok accommodations and places offering traditional Korean wedding and folk game experiences, giving you an all-inclusive look at some of Korea’s proudest traditions.

The kimchi-making program at the Kimchi Theme Park starts with a general overview of kimchi followed by kimchi preparation and kimchi sampling. About an hour in the length, the program introduces you to several different kinds of kimchi—pogi kimchi (kimchi made with whole Korean cabbage), baek kimchi (white kimchi made without red pepper powder), and bossam kimchi (brined Korean cabbage stuffed and wrapped in cabbage leaves)—and gives you the freedom to choose which type you’d like to make. After you’ve finished preparing and seasoning your kimchi, you’ll get to reward yourself by sampling the kimchi along with rice cakes and makgeolli wine (provided). Of course, the kimchi that you make in class is yours to keep and groups of 20 or more can even get their kimchi delivered to the airport for free. Take-home recipes for the types of kimchi covered in class are available in Korean, English, and Japanese.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn the age-old tradition of making kimchi, now is the time! From August to November (2012), the Kimchi Theme Park will be offering its kimchi-making program for a specially discounted price of 10,000 won (regularly 30,000 won) to 500 lucky foreign tourists on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of five or more can also request instruction in English. To sign up for the kimchi-making program or inquire about this special discount, please call or visit the Kimchi Theme Park in person.

* No documents required to sign-up! To sign-up for the program, simply fill out the short registration form on the day of your visit. To make individual/group reservations, request English services, or inquire about the aforementioned discount, please call in advance.

How to make Pogi Kimchi

  • STEP 1: Preparing your ingredients
  • STEP 2: Salting the cabbage and making the seasoning
  • STEP 3: Seasoning the cabbage

One of the most common types of kimchi in Korea is pogi kimchi (kimchi made with whole Korean cabbage). A fixture on Korean tables both at homes and in restaurants, pogi kimchi is fairly easy to make. Let’s take a closer look at how to make this popular kimchi variety.

STEP 1 Preparing kimchi ingredients

Ingredients: 1/2 Korean cabbage, 2/3 radish, 1/2 cup salted fish, 1 1/2 cup red pepper powder, 5 water parsley, 6 chives, broth made with dried Pollack, 1/4 onions, 1 table spoon dried shrimp powder, 1/3 cup glutinous rice porridge, minced ginger, 5 red peppers, 1 table spoon sesame seeds, 2 jujubes

STEP 2: Salting the cabbage and making the seasoning

1. Choose a medium-sized Korean cabbage and slice it in half lengthwise, removing any withered leaves. Sprinkle coarse sea salt in between each layer of leaves and let the cabbage soak in salt water for 8 to 12 hours.( Use about 3 cups of salt and 15 cups of water per each half.) Remove the cabbage and rinse it under running water 3 or 4 times before placing it in a basket or bowl.

2. Julienne the radishes and cut the water parsley, chives, and onions into strips measuring approximately 3 centimeters long. Mince the garlic and ginger, and grind the salted fish.

3. In a large bowl, combine the red pepper powder, ground hot peppers, broth, and glutinous rice porridge. Mix in the garlic, ginger, salted fish, and ground dried shrimp. Mix sesame seeds and jujube with the vegetables from Step 2, and the kimchi stuffing is all set.

STEP 3: Seasoning the cabbage

Starting with the outer layer and working your way in, take a small amount of seasoning and spread it in between each layer of leaves. Try to put more seasoning on the white parts of the cabbage as opposed to the green parts. After you’ve finished, use the outermost leaf to wrap the cabbage tightly in a bundle. You can eat the kimchi right away or let it sit for a day or two to ferment.

More Info

Kimchi Theme Park

☞ Location: Bucheon Gongbang Street, near the Korea Manhwa Museum
(Gyeonggi-do Bucheon-si Wonmi-gu Sang-dong)
☞ Directions
* Public transportation
- Songnae Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 2 ((North (Bukbu) Station Plaza)).
Take Bus 37 or 5-2 and get off at the Korea Manhwa Museum (travel time: ~25 min) / or take a taxi (travel time: ~15 min)
- Bugae Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Take Bus 79 and get off at the Korean Manhwa Museum (travel time: ~20 min) / or take a taxi (travel time: 10min)
☞ Operating hours: 10:00-18:00 (closed on Mondays)
☞ Blog: (Korean)
☞ Program time: approx. 60 min
☞ To apply: Make a reservation on the blog or by phone ((+82-70-4251-1212 (Korean))
☞ Program fee: 30,000 won per person (includes packaging of kimchi made in class)

* From August to the end of November 2012, the program is available for 10,000 won for up to 500 foreign visitors.

Facilities near the Kimchi Theme Park

* Hanbok Experience Center and Photo Zone

In this free program, visitors can wear traditional Korean hanbok and participate in a traditional Korean wedding. Photos may be taken at the Photo Zone across from the Hanbok Experience Center. Groups visitors are asked to make reservations in advance (+82-32-326-1542, Korean).

* Hanok Lodgings

A comfortable and affordable accommodation option for families, each hanok building sleeps up to 4 people and costs only 80,000 won per night. Each hanok has its own modern bathroom and is equipped with a few cooking utensils for making simple meals.

*Traditional tea house “Andamiro”

Andamiro traditional tea house serves daechucha (jujube tea), sikhe (sweet rice drink), yujacha (citrus tea) and other traditional Korean teas. Teas cost only 3,000 won, but visitors should note that payments must be made in cash.

Nearby tourist sites

Korea Manhwa Museum

The Korea Manhwa Museum preserves the memories of Korean cartoons as far back as a hundred years ago. The museum not only displays various cartoons and cartoon-related documents from Korea and abroad, but also features a specially-designed 4D Theater.

Korea Manhwa Museum

☞ Website: (Korean)
☞ Address: Gyeonggi-do Bucheon-si Wonmi-gu Gilju-ro
☞ Admission: 5,000 won
☞ Hours of operation: 10:00-18:00 (last entrance: 17:00 / closed on Mondays)
☞ Telephone: +82-32-310-3090~1 (Korean)
☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Aiins World

Aiins World is a miniature theme park inside the Movie Culture Complex in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do Province. It has on display 109 miniature versions of famous landmarks from 25 countries that measure a twenty-fifth of their actual size. Among the represented landmarks are 34 UNESCO Cultural Heritages, 9 UNESCO Cultural Heritages of the World, and 6 of the 7 Wonders of the World.

Aiins World

☞ Website: (Korean)
☞ Address: Gyeonggi-do Bucheon-si Wonmi-gu Sang-dong
☞ Hours of operation: March-April (10:00-19:00) / May-November (10:00-20:00) / December-February (10:00-18:00)
☞ Admission: Adults: 10,000 won / Children: 8,000 won
☞ Telephone: +82-32-320-6000 (Korean)
☞ Korea Travel Phone: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Date 10/25/2012

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