South Korea

Jagalchi Fish Market Busan

South Korea offers a treasure trove of fascinating experiences, landmarks to admire and explore and food to enjoy. Undoubtedly a favourite when visiting the South Korea’s second largest city, Busan, is the huge Jagalchi Fish Market. It is located in the Nampo-dong district. Busan is South Korea’s busiest port and that is reflected in the hustle and bustle at Jagalchi. The atmosphere is vibrant and inviting.

On the periphery of the market and on the upper level numerous eateries offer an abundance of fresh fish, typical fishcakes and other varieties of superb Korean street food. 

A colourful display…..

Once inside the vast area of this traditional market you will see that stall after stall offers a huge range of fresh and preserved fish. This landmark is a veritable visual feast of amazing colours, shapes and sizes! These charming displays are largely tended by friendly older ladies, or ajumma, who offer their fish and serve with a smile. Here, the display is colourful and the variety huge. Also, some of the produce is still alive, cheerfully displayed in bubbling tanks. Giant Alaskan crabs abound! In the case of octopus it is even eaten alive! Other fish adorn brightly coloured plastic palettes gutted and ready for you to cook. A deluge on the senses. Further, the perfume from smoking repellant coils wafts through the air in the market ward off unwanted insects. 

The vendors chat away to visitors and fellow stallholders alike and the atmosphere is jovial. This welcoming, friendly atmosphere is delightful!

An amazing selection…..

The array of fish on offer includes eels, prawns, octopus, oysters, crabs, abalone, squids, scallops….. Fish prices are generally reasonable. You will see fish that are typical to Asia and not available in other countries of the world.

You can choose your fish in the market  and go upstairs and eat in in the restaurant. So besides the stunning visual feast that is the market you can enjoy the fish with a glass of the local soju of course!

Want to stay nearby?

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