Three-Day Market to Sell Regional Delicacies Ahead of Lunar New Year

A three-day open-air market at Seoul Plaza from Jan. 17 to 19 will help Seoul residents prepare for this year's Lunar New Year's holidays. Lunar New Year's Day falls on Jan. 31 this year.

Over 600 regional specialties from across the country will be sold at steeply discounted prices. It will be a good chance for visitors to shop for local specialties and fruit, such as ginseng from Geumsan, South Chungcheong Province, tangerines from Jeju, pears from Naju in South Jeolla Province and dried persimmons from Sangju in North Gyeongsang Province.

There will also be trucks selling Korean beef and pork, among other high-quality and locally produced meat sold at discounted prices.

Various events will entertain visitors, such as traditional games and crafts, and rice-cake making.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has held a similar market ahead of Chuseok, or Korean thanksgiving, annually since 2009, attracting over 5.66 million visitors in total.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 14, 2014 10:56 KST