Gopchang Alley in Wangsimni, Seoul, was a cabbage field in the 1890s and changed into a factory after the Japanese colonial rule.
Joseon prevented farming in Sadaemun, and the vegetables for the people in the province were grown mainly in Wangsimni.
Wangsimni is the area where Jungnangcheon meets Cheonggyecheon and flows into the Han River.
The land is fertile and rich in water.
During the Japanese colonial period, the area of Gyeongseong expanded greatly, and Wangsimni was reorganized as a factory.
Why Gopchang is famous in Wangsimni
Gopchang is cheap compared to meat.
Because it is a byproduct.
Occasionally, the supply of gopchang does not keep up with demand, causing the price to reverse, but it is still cheap.
The main customers of this giblets are therefore commoners.
Gopchang is the food that people can’t eat because of the high price of meat.
The beef giblets are particularly rich in oil, which makes them feel more grilled by sizzling in the fire.
For poor people in Seoul, Gopchang was a psychologically comforting food.
Wangsimni people would have eaten Gopchang long ago like those in the four gates.
Many Gopchang shops in Seoul have disappeared, but the reason Gopchang could not disappear in Wangsimni was because there was not enough life in Wangsimni to eat meat.
Wangsimni is still in active redevelopment. You can see the scenery of poor Gopchang shops and luxurious apartments.
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