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The scent of pine needles ~ Bonghwa Bongseong Pork Charcoal Fire Complex - Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongbuk, South Korea

Charcoal-grilled Bongseong pork

The scent of pine needles ~ Bonghwa Bongseong Pork Charcoal Fire Complex

Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongbuk, South Korea

There is a road to Cheongnyangsan Mountain, a place to stop and set foot. Bongseong Pork Charcoal Fire Complex is where the smell of fragrant bulgogi catches your feet. Unlike other regions, it is a place for roasting pork charcoal using pine charcoal and pine needles. A dish of pork charcoal grill with a long history is quite a bit airy! How about climbing to Cheongnyangsan Mountain with this energy? If you embrace the charcoal-grilled pork and even the autumn leaves of Cheongnyangsan Mountain, the fun of traveling to Bonghwa will double.

Bongseong's Taste of 1000 Years of History

From Bonghwa-eup to Cheongnyangsan Mountain, you must go through the locations of Bongseong-myeon and Myeongho-myeon. Around the Bongseong-myeon, the gentle fragrance stops the foot. In particular, by the time the navel clock makes a loud noise, white smoke rises from the chimneys of Bongseong-myeon, like smoke from Bonghwa-myeon, and the fragrant smell of mouth-watering punctures the nose. This is the scent of pork charcoal grilled from Bongseong Pork Charcoal Fire Complex.

Charcoal-grilled Bongseong pork has a long history. Looking at the history of Bongseong-myeon first, it was called Bongseong-hyeon during the Goryeo Dynasty and was renamed Bonghwa-hyeon during the Goryeo Dynasty. In the Bongseong Pork Charcoal Fire Complex, the old Bonghwahyeon Gwanah building, Bongseoru (Gyeongsangbuk-do Cultural Properties No. 418) remains, so you can see the old traces.
Charcoal-grilled Bongseong pork charcoal fire complex
From the old days, there was a marketplace where people and products gathered in a major town. In Bongseong, there was also a long history of bon-growth since Goryeo Dynasty. In particular, the right market was large. The history of Bongseong Pork's charcoal-grilled fire begins with Bongseong. Pork charcoal grilled food is served as a meal or as a snack to people from all over the world. Since the Goryeo Dynasty, it has been passed down to the present, boasting a history of over a thousand years. It is known that the “Macchik” eaten by the people of the Mack people considered to be our ancestors, and “Seolya”, which is said to have come from Mongolia during the Goryeo Dynasty, is known as the origin of Korean bulgogi. Wasn't Bongseong Pork charcoal grilling a tradition or a shoulder-to-shoulder traditional food?
Bongseong Pork Charcoal Fire Complex
Charcoal-grilled pork with pine cone
The restaurants specializing in charcoal-grilled pork located in Bongseong-myeon are designated as a local food complex in Bonghwa-gun. Cheongbong, Solbong, Duribong, and Bongseong Siksik Restaurant, as well as Hopejeong, which is known as the origin of pork charcoal grilling, are growing along the road connecting Bongseong-myeon and Myeongho-myeon.
Grilling pork on charcoal
Now it's time to taste the charcoal-grilled Bongseong pork with a history of 1000 years. When you step into the restaurant following the fragrant and fragrant aroma that rises through the chimney, the busiest place is the charcoal fire in the kitchen that roasts pork. The dark aura of charcoal fire shines brightly in the dark charcoal kiln.
Pine needles used for roasting charcoal
When a grill with meat is placed on top of a charcoal fire, a full-scale dwarf spreads. When the charcoal fires with the sound of meat being grilled, it is like watching a fireworks display. Just looking at it makes me feel full and filled with hungry stomach.
Add pine needles and bake again
Charcoal fires use pine charcoal rather than oak. This is because the charcoal fire is not strong and soft, and it is well lit. Pork mainly uses sows that are less vulnerable. Put the thickly sliced meat on the grill, salt it and bake it over and over again.
Charcoal-grilled pork served on a plate with pine needles
It is important to grill the meat so that it does not burn. Although it seems to be flipped over by eyes, the skill of baking moderately is the master's skill derived from many years of experience. As the meat matures, the oil falls flat under the grill, and the white smoke that burns the oil goes out on a high chimney.
Charcoal-grilled pork served on a plate with pine needles
When the meat is properly cooked, the unique recipe of Bongseong Pork Charcoal Grill is added. It is a pine needle. The scent of pine needles removes the smell of meat and makes the taste lighter. It is said that the terpene ingredient from pine needles is absorbed into meat and is also good for preventing adult diseases. Put the pine needles on the meat and bake it again, then put the pine needles on the plate again, put the meat on it, and immediately go out to the top. It's baked in the kitchen right away, so it tastes as good as it's grilled on a charcoal fire.
Char-grilled and seasoned
Charcoal-grilled Bongseong Pork is a food eaten with taste and aroma. It tastes good, but it combines charcoal and sol flavors to stimulate the mouth. It seems that you can feel the history of the millennium that has been passed since the Goryeo Dynasty.
Cheongnyang Mountain and sky bridge in autumn
From Bongseong Pork Charcoal Fire Complex, take Route 35 to Andong, passing Myeongho-myeon to reach Cheongnyangsan. It was the place where Kim Chi-won, who was superior to Choi Chi-won of the Silla language and Wang Hee-ji of China, did the capital and where King Kong Gongmin escaped the difficulties of Hong Geon-jeok. During the Joseon Dynasty, Toegye Lee Hwang studied at Cheongnyangjeongsa Temple. Mr. Se-Boo Joo toured Cheongnyang Mountain and named it 'Yukyukbong'. It is a mountain that often contains 12 generations, 8 oysters, and 4 tablets. In autumn, the autumn leaves in harmony with the rock formations are the best part.

There are several courses to climb to Cheongnyangsan Mountain. The course that climbs Cheongnyangsa Temple and the rear thread head and the course that climbs through Eungjinjeon and Gimsaenggul at the standing are the most. The course through Cheongnyangsa and the back thread can be reached the fastest, but the slope is steep. On the other hand, the standing course is a course where you can enjoy the autumn leaves of Cheongnyangsan Mountain and enjoy the hidden history. The standing course can be climbed almost effortlessly, except for the entrance to the entrance, the road to Eungjinjeon, and the road from Gimsaenggul to Jasobong.
When you pass a steep dirt road, the fallen leaves quickly turn into a lush trail. It's a steep road with shortness of breath. The beauty of the yellow and red maple leaves seems to hold my breath once again. If you climb about 10 minutes, you will get a forked road. One side is the way to Cheongnyangsa Temple and the other to Eungjinjeon. The road to Eungjinjeon is also a difficult climb. However, if you take a step by step, you will be rewarded properly as it is difficult. Eungjinjeon, standing like hanging on Cheongnyangsan Mountain, is wrapped in autumn leaves.

In particular, you can see the scenery of Cheongnyangsan Mountain near Eoungdae and Chongmyeongsu after passing Eungjinjeon. Cheongnyangsa Temple and Cheongnyangsan Mountain unfold like a watercolor in Eoungdae, and the three-story stone pagoda and Yeonhwabong Peak of Cheongnyangsa Temple protruding from the path of Gimsaenggul.

Feast of autumn leaves seen around Kim Saeng-gul

It is the most difficult course from Kim Saeng-gul to Jasobong. If you climb the ridge in less than an hour, it is a long time to reach the sky bridge. The light green sky bridge is a 90m long bridge that connects the Jaranbong and Seonhakbong of Cheongnyangsan Mountain. It is made in the form of a suspension bridge, but it is a rigid bridge. People who cross this bridge experience heaven and hell. Because it is literally a sky bridge floating at 800m high.

I didn't walk the moment I climbed the bridge, but I can feel a slight tremor. When you take a step, it starts to shake, and the movement of people crossing from the other side adds up, and it starts to slam. The feet are dark and the whole body shakes, so it is truly thrilling as if you are going between heaven and hell.

Cheongnyangsan Sky Bridge
Travel information

Bongseong Pork Charcoal Fire Complex
Cheongbong Charcoal Grill: 565-1, Bongmyeong-ro, Bongseong-myeon, Bonghwa-gun, 054-672-1116
Hopejeong: 564, Bongmyeong-ro, Bongseong-myeon, Bonghwa-gun, 054-672-9046
Solbong Charcoal Grill: 2, Mireukgol-gil, Bongseong-myeon, Bonghwa-gun, 054-674-3989
Bongseong Charcoal Fire Meat Restaurant: 578, Bongmyeong-ro, Bongseong-gun, Bonghwa-gun, 054-672-9130


* Self-driving

Punggi IC on Jungang Expressway → National Road No. 5 toward Bonghwa from Bonghyeon Intersection → Turn left at Sinjeon Intersection → Turn right toward Bonghwa at Seocheon Intersection → National Road No. 36 toward Bonghwa at Sangman Intersection → Turn right at Geumbong Intersection → Bongseong Pork Charcoal Complex

* public transport

Seoul → Bonghwa: Operates 6 times a day (07: 40-18: 10) from East Seoul General Terminal, takes 2 hours and 40 minutes
* From Bonghwa Bus Terminal (054-673-4400), use the bus bound for Bongseong, property, and nutrition

2. Restaurants around

Yongdu Restaurant: Songi Cooking / 526-4, Dadeok-ro, Bongseong-myeon, Bonghwa-gun / 054-673-3144

Bongseong Oriental Medicine Plaza: Han Yak-woo / 47 Bongseong-myeon Agriculture-in-gil, Bonghwa-gun / 054-674-3400


Sansuyu-gil Road: Sansu Yoosik / 202-64 Sansuyu-gil, Bongseong-myeon, Bonghwa-gun / 054-673-5860
Inhawon: Songi Cooking / 20 Yurok-gil, Bonghwa-eup, Bonghwa-gun / 054-673-9881


Haheon Old House: 20 Yangji Village-gil, Myeongho-myeon, Bonghwa-gun / 054-672-2339

Mansan Old House: 21-19 Seodong-gil, Chunyang-myeon, Bonghwa-gun / 054-672-3206

Kwon Jin's house (Seongam old house): 43-3, Nakcheondang-gil, Chunyang-myeon, Bonghwa-gun / 054-672-6118

※ The above information was created in October 2013, and may change later, so be sure to check it before you travel.
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