The first bottled water in Korea has origins linked to Yongsan Garrison

Contributor: Mr. Choi Byung-Hyo

Diamond Water, the first commercial drinking water to be approved in South Korea, and passing the water quality test by the hygiene authority of the USKF, in Yongsan in 1977

Topic: cultural exchange, Food, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Even though one of the top three mineral waters in the world is from South Korea according to the worlds association of mineral water, the first bottled water to be sold to Korean citizens in South Korea is as recent as the 80’s

The business of bottled water in South Korea seems to have origins linked to the UNC and USFK in Yongsan Garrison. The American soldiers were importing bottled water from overseas. Drinking tap water was not considered safe for the military staff. Because ground water was polluted. This became a perfect business opportunity for the founder of Diamond Water, the first commercial drinking water to be approved in South Korea, and passing the water quality test by the hygiene authority of the USKF, in Yongsan in 1977 concluding with a contract to supply drinking water to the US military.

Diamond water has been supplying water to foreign communities including US forces in Korea and Japan for over 37 years