CONTRIBUTED BY JANVIKA SHAH
As my weekends in Korea were dwindling down, I made it a priority to head to Busan on June 6th to check out the monthly foreign cultural market. Earlier that week, I had asked the Facebook page ‘Women of Daegu’ where I could purchase Kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented and slightly effervescent probiotic health tonic. I used to brew Kombucha in the U.S and was feeling homesick for the tasty beverage. I also wanted to strengthen my gut before traveling in the Philippines. The probiotics in Kombucha line your stomach with good bacteria that fights the bad found in contaminated or spoiled food.
Luckily, someone directed me to the Facebook group ‘Busan Foreign Culture Market’ and I found out that I could preorder as many bottles as I’d like of ginger lemon flavored Kombucha. The couple who were brewing Kombucha have left the country; however, there may be another enthusiast in Busan.
The market is generally open from 1-5pm at three different bars located at Gwangali Beach (see the map below.) The intention of Busan’s Foreign Cultural Market is to introduce both foreigners and local Koreans to foods and crafts from different regions of the world. In addition, the market is a fundraiser for local charities.
In September 2015, the market is raising funds for BAPS, a local no kill dog shelter that’s entirely funded by donations. In addition, proceeds go to the Busan women’s shelter which provides help and accommodation for women and their children fleeing abusive relationships. Lastly, funds also go toward Educate a Child, a Korean-based charity that pays school fees for children who otherwise couldn’t afford to go to school. 100% of the money goes towards helping the children, as nothing is taken out for administration fees.
You may check the updated Facebook page for goodies available each month at the market; however, some of my favorites from June were pickles, goat cheese, cream cheese, gluten free bagels, brownies, macaroons, and of course, Kombucha!
Gwangali Beach, Busan
General Area: Gwangan-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea
Area GPS Coordinates: (approximate, not exact) 35.1595722, 129.1088482