Since Jinju opened its first silk factory in 1910, it has been the center of silk production in the country. Now the city produces the majority of the country's silk, as well as being one of the five largest silk producers in the world, exporting the fabric to Europe and the Americas. You can find the best deals on locally produced silk at the small silk center in front of the Jinju Fortress. The city holds an annual Silk Festival in October, at the same time as most of their main festivals.
If you're looking for antique paintings, crafts, and sculptures, head over to the Insadong Antique Street, which is located behind the General Social Welfare Center, near the fortress. There you'll find more than 20 shops carrying things like stone sculptures, ceramics, silver pieces, lacquer and inlaid boxes, and more.
The city's central market, the Jung-ang Shijang, is on the east side across the main road, while the principal produce market is closer to the intercity bus terminal. The underground market, located south of Jinju's central intersection, has everything from traditional medicine to cosmetics on sale.
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