market place is located in Tap-ri, Hwagae-myeon. A 5 day interval
town market used to be held actively in the place.
Hwagae village is situated in where the Seomjin
River encounters the clean water that has flown all the way from
Mt. Jiri. Hwagae market place that connects Gyeongsangnam-do and
Jeollanam-do was one of the five leading markets in Korea until
the liberation from Japan. Slash-and-burn farmers of Mt. Jiri brought
and sold bracken, codonopsis lanceolata, potatoes etc whereas people
from inland areas such as Gurye in Jeolla-do and Hamnyang in Gyeongsangnam-do
brought and sold rye.
And peddlers who wandered all over the country brought
household goods not to miss this market and people from places like
Yeosu, Gwangyang, Namhae, Samcheonpo, Chungmu, Geoje came with boats
full of marine products such as seaweed, mackerels and sold them
at this Hwagae market place.
Numerous tourists visit Hwagae market place, the
scene of Kim Dongri's novel 'Yeongma', along with Ssanggye temple
of Mt. Jiri. The roadside connecting Hwagae market place and Ssanggye
temple becomes one fantastical cherry blossom tunnel in the days
Hwagae market place in where you can feel the atmosphere
of old countryside market places has famous local products including
rice served in soup, acorn-starch jelly, taverns, wheat-taffy, wild
greens, green tea etc. Thus, it is being positioned as the landmark
of encounter and harmony and the place full of warm benevolence.