Gwangju Sanseong Soju Manufacturing Function
Namhan Sanseong Soju, Gyeonggi Intangible Cultural Heritage #13
Unique foods inspired by palace foods
Designated as Gyeonggi Intangible Cultural Heritage #13 on December 24, 1994, it is also known as "Gwangju Sanseong Soju." The master producer is Suk Pil Kang. Gwangju has been the home of beautiful sceneries and many wealthy people, thus having come to be known as "the small Seoul." It has served many unique foods inspired by the palace foods.
Among them, Sanseong Malgeolli and Sanseong Soju are the most widely known specialties. Sanseong soju was first enjoyed by wealthy people as a health drink, then it gained popularity as a drink served at ancestral rituals or as a valuable gift for guests.
Namhan Fortress's clean water and native yeast and malt
It is thought that Soju was first brewed during the reign of King Seonjo (1568∼1608), when Namhan Fortress was completed. It was later served to the King. Its ingredients are the water from Namhan Fortress, locally produced rice, the yeast of the native whole wheat, and native malt.
Native malt is not used for any other local drink and creates unique flavors and improves the storability.
This drink causes no hangover and has a rick flavor. It contains 40 g alcohol, 3-5 g sugar, and 230-250 ㎉ calories per 100 g, along with various organic matters and flavors, so drinking it moderately can stimulate your appetite and blood circulation and can relieve fatigue.
Flavors that build up with age
The alcohol degree is over 85° when it is first filtered, then falls gradually, so the drink is mixed with other drinks to bring down its alcohol degree to 40°. It can be stored for a long time in an airtight container, and the flavors of Soju build up with age. Sanseong-ri, Namhansanseong-myeon is a renowned historic site where thousands of households settled from the time of the Chinese invasion of 1636 up to the end of the Joseon Dynasty. There were many wealthy people who enjoyed high culture and good-quality foods inspired by the palace foods. The wealthy people produced and enjoyed special health drinks at home, and the flavors and tastes later spread to other places.
- Ingredients： Starch syrup (corn, rice, malt), yeast
- Purity： 45°