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Jangdokdae, the outdoor platform in the korean traditional yard

by KnowingKorea

In the front yard or backyard of a traditional hanok house, there is an outdoor platform, sitting on which are traditionally shaped earthenware of various sizes. These containers, in which Korean fermented condiments are processed and stored, are called jangdok(s), and the platform is called jangdokdae. Now that most urban households do not have a front yard nor a backyard, and most housewives buy condiments form supermarkets, jangdokdae is becoming a tourist item, usually found at hanok guest houses, traditional restaurants, or folk villages.


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