Platter of Nine Delicacies – Gujeolpan 구절판

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Gujeolpan (Sourcer: Republic of Korea on Flickr)

The Universe in Nine Compartments: Gujeolpan (Platter of Nine Delicacies)

Gujeolpan refers to a Korean specialty made up of eight different kinds of vegetable and meats placed in the outer eight sections of an octagonal wooden serving dish and thin wheat crepes (Miljeon-byeong) stacked in the central compartment. The term Gujeolpan literally means ‘nine-sectioned wooden plate’, which also serves as the name of dish.

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It has even been said that author Pearl S. Buck was so amazed by the beauty and colorful appearance of gujeolpan when she visited South Korea that she could not stop praising it, and as a result, refused to eat it as she did not want to “destroy such a beautiful thing by eating it.” (*In 1964, she opened the Opportunity Center and Orphanage in South Korea). 

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