The following is a translated summary of a report from the local press. It has been edited for clarity, including the addition of links and information needed for readers unfamiliar with Jeju. — Ed.
The research was carried out by the Agency for Traditional Market Administration between May 9 and Nov. 30, 2012 and targeted 1,511 traditional markets throughout the country, including 25 markets in Jeju.
The agency has monitored Korean traditional-style markets and analyzed the results for every second year since 2006. Yang Suk-ha, a deputy director of the Jeju traditional markets development team, said increased investment has helped stimulate sales. Yang added they will continue to support merchants and help raise awareness of the island’s culture as well as increase tourism in Jeju. — Jeju Sori