Before I moved to Korea, I began eating kimchi to prepare my body and mind. Once I arrived, I realized how truly major this dish is to this country’s culture. I’m always interested in checking out what Korea’s historical culture has to offer, so I attended a kimchi making class with some friends.
Kimchi making is also known as “kimjang,” and is very popular during the winter months as that’s when the cabbage is harvested. It is a great way for Koreans to socialize with one another while sharing their culture together. Kimjang has been named one of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage items in recent years, which is pretty exciting for Korea. Learning to make kimchi in Seoul was something I immediately added to my bucket list upon arrival, so I was pretty excited to partake.
We went to an area called Ungilsan, where a sweet older woman taught us about the history of kimchi and gave several demonstrations how to make it ourselves.