Bibimbap Story

Bibimbap Story

Korean Food

  • Traditional food

    Traditional dishes, especially Jeonju Bibimbap, has historic precedent in
    a history of 500 years during the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. It consists of royal foods to general foods through the first century.

  • Korean Food

    As for our foods and dishes, related tangible and intangible resources, activities and food culture

  • K-Food

    Korean Foods Words that encompass Korean ingredients, Korean foods, and processed foods

Originating of ‘Jeonju Bibimbap’

"Bibimbap recipe has been created
from the wisdom and knowledge of our mothers.”

The stories and origins of Bibimbap are as various as the ingredients used for Bibimbap.

  • Korean royal cuisine theory

    The meals served as the King's family visited the palace

  • Farming season theory

    Farmers mixed different types of dishes into a bowl since it was hard to constantly prepare food

  • Ritual food theory

    A ceremony that involves sharing
    the foods after rite

  • Gochujang
    ( Red pepperpaste )

  • These various vegetables have their own unique taste.
    When these vegetables are fused with spicy red pepper paste (Gochujang),
    a harmonious dish known as bibimbap is assembled.

  • Gochujang is an important factor, for it is the final last step in creating
    a Bibimbap dish. It blends each ingredient together in an own bowl

  • To finalize the dish, an egg yolk is placed on the top.
    The egg yolk creates a warmer taste and is the “cherry on top”
    of the bibimbap.

‘Yin-Yang and
Five Elements (陰行)’

There are five colors and elements that hold
unique meanings, which have been inherited through generations.
Yin-yang and the five elements theory symbolizes and provides interpretations for parts of the universe,
such as colors, positions, and time(weather).

The five basic colors, called Obangsaek - Black, Blue, Red, White, and Yellow - are colors that represent each of the five elements from fire to earth, in order.

‘Yin-Yang and Five Elements’

Our culture has melted and become a crucial part of our lives. A lot of Korean foods also make use of the colors.
The most well-known of these foods is bibimbap, rice mixed with vegetables and meat, which the colors of the ingredients are beautifully arranged. 
Our ancestors have carefully studied and understood the nature of the world. Based on the principle of Yin and Yang and the five-orientation color, ”Obangsak” has been introduced to Korean cuisine.

“An element that displays the distinctive food culture of the world.”

Yin-Yang and the Five Elements of the Universe

Korean food culture ‘Yin-Yang’ emphasizes the importance of harmony of Yin-Yang.
The theory of the five-orientation colors of Yin and Yang, also known as “Obangsak”, conforms to the principles of nature and a life without illness.


The The five colors are is widely used in Korean traditional clothes, Hanbok, and in food and architecture.

  • Saekdong jeogori, a type of hanbok worn by children, is decorated with stripes of Saekdong color.
  • The color of Obangsak is used to make Saekdong, which is said to drive away bad luck and bring good luck.