Jeollabuk-do is known for its regional traditional crafts. The Iri Gems and Jewelry Center (tel. 063/835-8007) in Iksan is the only jewelry center in the country. Jewels are processed locally, set, and sold at the center daily, except on Tuesdays. Also in Iksan is the Jinan Ginseng Center (tel. 063/433-0292 or 3), which is well known throughout South Korea for its high-quality insam.
As far as traditional crafts are concerned, Gosu ceramics from Gochang and woodenware from Jangsu are representative Korean handiworks that make nice souvenirs. In Gunsan, try the Gunsan Korean Traditional Specialty Products Center (tel. 063/433-3113) for shopping. If you're into musical instruments, check out the traditional drums made in Jangsu.
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