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By Way of Korea

South Korea   |   New York

A Korean food blog and travelogue inspired by

an epicurious New Yorker's journey around South Korea


Fresh Mango Juice Stand (Hado Beach, Jeju Island)

Updated: Jun 16, 2019

A standalone juice stand lies along a road by the sea. The red and yellow stripes against the blueish-gray water and sky were hard to miss.

I've always had a bias for food and beverage establishments with a small menu; a tight menu often indicates a concentrated focus and confidence in what few items or ingredients are selected to be offered to the public. This particular stand was serving mango refreshments.

Despite having been the only customers on both mornings we stopped by for mango juice, we were reminded each time to forsake the grab-and-go mentality we were conditioned to go about our days in cities like Seoul or New York. Perhaps it was because the juice was being made-to-order that it took longer than expected to prepare; a lot of mangoes needed to be peeled, cut, and blended by one person to produce four orders. Or it might have been the relaxed and unrushed demeanor with which people living outside of the city seem to live their days - neither running toward nor running from anything. Either way, our usual impatience with regard to food service was replaced with an appreciation of the sea, the smell of the salty air, the stackable volcanic rocks, and the bike that was available for us to ride around.

Playtime came to an end when we were called back in to get our juices. A sip of the freshly-made and thick juice produced from the sweet mangoes grown on the island's volcanic soil, alternated with a breath of the sea air, made for the perfect morning encouragement for our road trip along the coastline.

Gamgyul 🍊 and hallabongs have long been the star fruits of Jeju Island, but mangos are grown here too! In more recent years, fruit farmers even began propagating apple mangoes indigenous to India, which have been a popular addition to the diversity of fruit offered by the island.

Rich Mango (Hado Beach)

1752 Haemajihaean-ro Gujwa-eup Jeju-do

Hours: 10:00AM~6:00PM Daily

리치망고 하도점

제주도 해맞이해안로 구좌읍 1752

영업시가: 매일 10:00~18:00



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"If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel - as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them - wherever you go."

Anthony Bourdain's unmatched relish for adventure and humble approach to food, cultures, and humanity left an indelible impression on my younger self. Imparting on me the courage to veer into the unknown, he inspired me to embrace my vulnerabilities and seek adventures and growth beyond the comforts of home.


In July of 2017, I boarded a one-way flight to Seoul, South Korea. Within the first week of arrival, I signed a lease for an apartment and by the end of August, I had accepted a job offer that relocated me to Pyeongchang and Gangneung, where the Winter Olympics were soon to be held. From there, I had the rare opportunity to explore much of the greater Gangwon Province's beautiful mountainous and coastal regions and their distinctive foods. Once or twice a month, I'd return to Seoul or travel to an unfamiliar region to poke around alleyways, markets, and mountains in search of more good eats and adventures.


By Way of Korea is a storytelling project inspired by the food, places, and faces I encountered throughout Korea. By sharing my fondest memories, notes, and images of Korea, I simply hope to play a small part in piquing greater curiosity about Korean food and culture in my readers.  My content will heavily spotlight, but not be limited to Korean food and culture. 

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