Gyeongsangbuk-do Intangible Cultural Property No. 11 Gimcheon Gwahaju


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Gyeongsangbuk-do Intangible Cultural Property No. 11 Gimcheon Gwahaju +

Classification Intangible Cultural Property
Designated date 1987.5.13
location Gimcheon-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Gwahaju is a famous liquor from Gimcheon that has been down for hundreds of years. It is made of glutinous rice and yeast, and uses water from Gwahacheon Stream in Namsan-dong, Gimcheon-si. The name Gwahaju is said to have a good taste for alcohol and the taste of alcohol does not change even after summer. It is written in "Geumneung Seunggam" that people from other provinces come here to learn how to make overhaju, and no matter how many times they make it in the same way, they can't taste and smell it, probably because the water is different.

It is made by mixing glutinous rice and yeast powder in the same amount to make rice cakes, and by sealing them in a jar without water and fermenting them at low temperatures for one to three months. In this way, the heavy drinks made in this way have a unique scent and taste, with alcohol levels ranging from 13 to 14 degrees.

Gwahaju was made by the "Kangdo Island" (Kimcheon Brewery Company) until the Japanese Colonial Period, but was resumed after Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule and disappeared again into the Korean War. In 1984, Song Jae-sung began to produce it in earnest after a trial brewing and succeeded in Gimcheon Myeongju. Song Jae-sung died in 1999, and there are currently no functional holders.


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