It is believed that Andong Soju is manufactured
using methods very similar to those brought into
the Korean peninsula by the Y an Mongols.
It is very likely that a Mongol supply garrison
was stationed in Andong during the Y an advance
through the Korean peninsula, on their way to launch
an expedition against Japan in the 13th century.
the upper class in the Kory period.
The use of soju spread as it came to be used for
medicinal purposes, as a cure of stomachaches,
poisonous insect bites, and other ills.
We can find another historical record of soju in
the writings of Lee Hyun Bo (pen-name "Nong Am"),
who was exiled to Andong during the Yunsan period,
in the book Chos n Myounginjun. His faithful adherence
to his duties and indomitable spirit earned him the
nickname Soju Dobyoung, or Soju Expert,
among his peers. He was reinstated to the rank of
Jipyoung after King Chungjong was removed from power.
A local Andong resident owns an old medical book,
in which there are records of soju being used to
treat wounds, stomachaches, increased appetite, and dyspepsia.