conclusion he finally reached through reading,
contemplating and studying natural medicine
was that how you eat is crucial. Our ancestors,
too, said that three meals of the day are the
ultimate cure for all diseases.
I could feel that there is a depth in his saying.
He studied hard with a strong focus on essentials
for human survival: the air, the water and salt!
He worked hard to learn more about salt and
eventually onto the bamboo salt.
My father was all the more amazed and overwhelmed
about the benefits and effects of the bamboo
I returned to my hometown, Gochang, and cut
in person all the bamboo trees growing near
my house. He secured bay salt produced at
nearby salt farms to create his own bamboo
salt, and shared it with his neighbors. The
more he learned about the bamboo salt, the
deeper his conviction grew over the benefits
of the bamboo salt.
Bamboo salt as our family business
It has been 10 years since my mother and I started
helping my father produce bamboo salt in Gochang
by visiting the area once in a while from Seoul
and now it has become a family business. It
has been seven years to be exact since I started
in earnest producing the bamboo salt with my
At first, I just wanted to help my father
because he was struggling alone to run the
business but now it is much more rewarding
job because I can be with my father making
the bamboo salt as a family and because I
can be of some use to the society and making
its members healthier.
The reason why our whole family could start
this business of farming bamboo salt is because
we had faith in our father’s beliefs in the
benefits of bamboo salt. The precious crystals
of bamboo salt are made through once, twice,
three times….even nine times of roasting and
processing. It is the fruitful result of our
family’s profound passion and painstaking
I wish that our bamboo salt will be loved
not only by domestic customers but those beyond
borders and will prove its value to the global
I truly respect my father who has continuously
and determinedly walked the same old path
for the past ten years or so.
I also respect my mother who has stood by
him and supported him every way possible.