The streets of tastes around the venues of Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemums Festival.
Some of the major delicacies include grilled eels, steamed angler fish, and Tongsul.
The Masan area of Changwon City is filled with the fragrance of chrysanthemums when fall is in the air. The brightly colorful chrysanthemums of fall capture the attention and mesmerize the passersby. When 100,000 chrysanthemums cover the view of Masan by the sea, the enticing ‘Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemums Festival’ begins.
Chang-dong and Odong-dong of the Festival were filled with adult entertainment streets during the Japanese Imperial Rule and before and after the Korean War. The agony of women sacrificed for the men’s entertainment inspired many songs. Odong-dong had a port at that time, so the crew from the ships looked for places to drink and eat. Therefore, the streets were occupied by eateries serving Masan’s three major offerings: steamed anglerfish, puffer fish, and Tongsul.
▲ Grilled Eel
As grilled eel places opened one after another along the coastal road of Masan Fish Market, the Eel Street was created. It is the highlight of the Chrysanthemums Festival. Fresh eel is best enjoyed raw, but it is also delicious when marinated and grilled.
▲ Steamed Anglerfish
Once upon a time, an old lady with a lump on her cheek owned a restaurant in Odong-dong, Masan. She was the first one who steamed the anglerfish the fishermen had brought using soybean paste, hot pepper paste, garlic, and scallions. It tasted good, so she offered it to her regulars. That was the beginning of steamed anglerfish. The unique texture and taste of the fish have made it popular across Korea and steamed anglerfish has become Masan’s signature brand.
The fishermen would look for a place to drink when they came back ashore with ships full of fish. The table was set with assorted seafood and Tongsul was served with it. The fresh seafood went great with the alcoholic beverages.
▲ Masan Fish Market
Masan Fish Market is a traditional marketplace that follows on the history of Masan Marketplace, which was in Masanpo, the center of seaborne transportation, during the Joseon Dynasty. Now there are wholesale fish markets and raw fish restaurants on either side of the coastal road. The marketplace is filled with various kinds of fish and seafood so you can enjoy the true taste of each season.
▲ Masan Burim Market Street of Tastes
You can enjoy various kinds of affordable dishes including noodles, Bibimnaengmyeon, Mullaengmyeon, Jjolmyeon, and Japchae, on the Street of Tastes along the stretch of road from Burim Market to Chang-dong. You can also stop by the Creative Craft Town near Burim Marketplace.
|Tour of Taste||Navigation|
|Steamed Angler Fish Street||1 Agujjim-gil Masanhappo-gu|
|Grilled Eel Street||113 Susan-2(Ee)-gil Masanhappo-gu|
|Puffer Fish Street||12 Bongnyori-ro Masanhappo-gu|
|Tongsul Street||35-2 Odongbuk-19-gil Masanhappo-gu
30 Munhwabuk-1-gil Masanhappo-gu
|Masan Fish Market Raw Fish Street||7 Bongnyori-ro Masanhappo-gu
8 Buljonggeori-ro Masanhappo-gu
|Masan Burim Market Street of Tastes||Burim Shopping Mall, 352 3‧15-daero Masanhappo-gu|