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when : In the middle of February, every year for 4days
where : Geojin harbor
Sponsorships : Myongtae festival promotion committee
Inquiry : Planning and inspection section of Goseong-gun office Tel.033-680-3221


Myuoengtae(Alaska Pollack) is specialities of Goseong. and it consists of 70% of fishing amount for Myeongtae nationwide. Goseong holds this festival at Geojin harbor every February to let people know the taste and value of Myeongtae. There are many events such as fireworks, the cooking contest.

Festival events

Sacrificial rituals for the sea god, street parade, events before ceremony, the opening ceremony, docking fishing boat filled with fish, fireworks, closing ceremony.


Congratulatory performance, a military band, cutting off Myeongtae(Alaska Pollack), making a net, a repeat performance of Myeongtae auction, Dance contest, a trial ride on a boat, flying kites, Myeongtae cooking contest, fishing contest, quiz, singing contest, having a hand-wrestling etc.

Alaska Pollack story
Classification of Alaska pollack
Phylum chordate, Superclass Gnathostomata, Order Gadida,
Family Gadidae, Theragra chalcogramma(Pallas)
English name : Alaska Pollack (Walleye pollack)
Japanese name : Suketo-udara
History and names of Alaska Pollack(Myeongtae)
According to a legend, Alaska pollack was named when the governor(Mr. Min) of Hamgyeong-do during the Joseon age(at about Injo) went on the first inspection to Myeongcheon-gun and tried a fish there as a side dish. The fish was delicious. He asked for the name of the fish, and the locals answered that the fish was first caught by a fisherman with the family name of Tae who lives in Myeongcheon. The governor named the fish myeongtae, from the myeong from Myeongcheon and tae from the fisherman's family name.
This myeongtae has a lot of nicknames depending on how it is caught in different areas. First, the one caught with a drift gill net is called geumultae, or mangtae(geumul or mang means net), and the one caught with a long line is a naksitae(naksi : fishing). The one caught in the winter is called a dongtae(dong : frozen) and the one caught in the spring in the months of March or April is called a chuntae(chun : spring). One that is bony without much flesh after laying eggs is a kkeoktae(kkeok : skinny), and one in Busan is a aengchi. It is also called various names in different areas: bukeo, seontae, waetae(biggest ones), aegitae(babies), makmultae(small one caught at last, Hamnam), euneobaji(those chasing sailfin sandfish in the early winter), seoddalbaji(Hamnam), deodeokbukeo(Seoul). As much as it is common to us, the names vary.


Features of the Alaskan pollack


The back of the body is brown and the stomach is white, with unequal vertical lines along the side of the body.
The upper chin is shorter than the lower, and the teeth on both chins are about the same length. Under the lower chin is a short beard.
anus is located between the 1st and the 2nd fins.
The body is long, the length about six times the width, is flat on the sides and has a big mouth.
It has three fins on the back, two on the behind, and the end of the tail fin is perpendicular.
Ingredient and effect of the Alaskan pollack
The protein of Alaska Pollack is the complete protein. It has plentiful of essential amino acids necessary for growth and reproduction. It's important in constructing our body structure and neutralizing body fluids and blood. Also, it has much vitamin A and niasin which is essential to our skin and mucosa. Retinol is especially good for nice skin and wrinkle prevention.
<Regional effect of Alaska pollack>


In the times when there was no pills for look after our sight, Alaska pollack was widely consumed as a nutritional food to help strengthen sight. It was known as the best medicine for those with sight troubles when they didn't have medical pills like now.


In the spawn of Alaska Pollack, tocopherol, vitamin E that improves reproduction and prevents aging. The spawn pickles made of Alaska Pollack spawns is famous as a high quality fermented food. Much vitamin A in this is good for preserving sight, preserving mucosa, keeping healthy skin.


It's fermented like Alaska Pollack spawns. It's good for intestines, and 3 times more calcium than spawns. Also, it has more ash. It's very nutritious.


Alaska Pollack gills(seogeori) have more calcium than anchovies. Calcium is one of the major nutrition that is deeply concerned with the formation of bones. It prevents osteoporosis and osteomalacia.


Alaska Pollack gonji have various nutrition including protein and phosphorous which is concerned with bones, teeth and muscle contraction. It has lowest fat contents.


Unlike mackerel, it lives near the bottom of the sea. For that reason, it has comparatively small amount of fat and much protein. Its taste is refreshing. It has much calcium, phosphorous, iron and more. It's good for children and aged people.
Folk remedies of Alaska pollack
Material : dried Alaska pollack (only Goseong Alaska pollack from East sea has the effect.)
Effect : when poisoned from agricultural medicines, pollutions, centipedes, rabid dogs, atomic nuclei, coal gas, venomous snake, drinking the soup of dried Alaska Pollack saves your life.
Dosage : boil down 5 dried Alaska Pollack with enough water, and drink the soup. For those who are seriously ill feed the soup with a spoon. Keep eating it for one weak after the patient become conscious.