The Baechu Fields of Gangwondo

Just a couple of weeks ago, I made my way through the curvy mountain roads of Gangwondo, the most mountainous province in South Korea. Tucked in one of its hilly corners are the largest fields of napa cabbage in the country.


We rushed to get to the fields, but alas, they had farmed most of the baechu and were loading them up onto big trucks as we arrived (you can see one of the trucks, a tiny little square on the dirt road in the picture above — to give you a sense of the vast scale). And gimjang isn’t until early November!


The acres and acres of land had millions of baechu climbing the hills, waiting to be made into kimchi to liven up someone’s dinner table.

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