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Best Fish Markets in Korea

Going to fish markets may not be the first thing on your mind when you plan your itinerary for visiting Korea. However, if you are from a country outside of Asia, you will find it to be an amazingly Unique Experience

Perspective of a Brazilian

Fish Markets in Asia are a totally different experience when compared to going to fish markets in my home country of Brazil.To start, you are not going to be able to find nearly as many varieties of seafood in Brazil as you find in South Korea. From different types of fish to creatures that I do not even know the name of, Korea offers food to every person’s taste.

Every time I travel to a different coastal city in Korea, I try to visit their fish market to check out some local tastes. In the end, I had a great experience with all of them. 

Eating in

My favorite part of fish markets is not only is the freshness of the food, but the fact that I can eat it on the spot. Different from many countries, most fish markets in Korea have restaurants owned by the vendors at the place.

So, not only can you purchase fresh fish to bring home with you, you can also get your fresh fish prepared int a delicious meal right inside the market. This not only ensures that you will get it prepared properly, but also it cannot get any fresher than that.

Here are a few fish markets in Korea that I highly recommend.

Jagalchi Market

The list could not start differently, Jagalchi Market is the biggest fish market in Korea and a must-see place in Busan. 

Jagalchi market (부산 자갈치시장) is not only famous for tourists, but also for Koreans. The market offers prices lower than supermarkets. Plus, the convenience of eating at their restaurants on the third floor brings many Koreans daily. Officially, Jagalchi operates from 8 AM to 10 PM. But, it is so huge and so much chaotic, any time of the day you will be able to find something there.

Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장)

Address:  52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
Korean Address: 부산 중구 자갈치해안로 52 자갈치시장
Opening Hours: 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Closed: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month

Yeosu Fish Market

Yeosu Fish Market (여수 종합수산시장) is another famous fish spot in Korea. It specializes in seafood from the southern coast of Korea. A must-try in the city are crabs and oysters.

If you like oysters, my personal recommendation is to get some friends and buy a whole bag of them for 10,000 won. The price is really not much when compared to the number of oysters your can get. We took the oysters we purchased up to the second floor so that we could get them prepared. I was more stuffed than ever, it was definitely worth it.

Yeosu Fish Market (여수수산시장)

Address:  680 Gyo-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Korean Address: 전남 여수시 여객선터미널길 24
Opening Hours: 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Closed: 3rd Tuesday of the Month

Noryangjin Fish Market

Noryangjin Fish Market (노량진수산시장) is probably the most visited among tourists since it is located in Seoul. 

You can find absolutely everything in this market. But as a famous creature, the king crab takes the lead. Although expensive anywhere, you will get your money’s worth if you choose this crab. Another must-try is the crab fried rice. You can also eat at the place, and for a few more won, you can get experienced restaurant owners to peel the crab for you.

Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market (노량진수산물도매시장)

Address:  674 Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
Korean Address: 서울 동작구 노들로 674 노량진수산물도매시장
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM - 09:00 PM

Conclusion

If you want to see some seafood that you have never seen before, or try the freshest fish you can get, go to fish markets during your stay in Korea. The mix of the chaotic energy that comes with vendors trying to sell, and raw daily habits is a super interesting and unique experience. 

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🇧🇷 Dani Quintana

Hello ~~ I'm Dani, a Brazilian student living in the countryside of South Korea. I'm happy to be sharing any fun experience here and I hope to be helping other people to find exciting activities around SK!