One of the most interesting places that I visited on this trip to Seoul, Korea is the Noryangjin Fish Market. Accessible by the Metro, this wholesale market is definitely an eye-opener for this warm water Singaporean.
Despite the snow, we made our way to this market, and it was definitely a sight to behold.
This 66,000 square meter facility houses over 700 shops selling fresh and dried fish and squid from 15 fishing ports around Korea. It also includes numerous restaurants, an auction floor, and an adjacent agricultural section.
In fact, the moment I was near the market, I smelt the familiar “pong” of raw fish! This smell is rather “painful” for us city dwellers, and it takes a while to get used to.
But, as you venture towards the stalls, my eyes “popped” when I saw the size of the sea creatures!
Check out the Crabs! They were Cheap…A Singaporean’s dream come TRUE!
This Octopus is BIGGER than a dog found staying in a HDB flat. looks huge and YUMMY!
Check out the size of its tentacles.
Frankly, I thought that these fish creatures were fed with STEROIDS!
Anyone for Sting Ray? Imagine them serving you this creature at Newton Circus!
The best thing about the market, is that you can choose your fish, and the stall holders will cook the fish for you ON THE SPOT!
Check out the fish monger picking out a fish, that a customer selected:
Prices are quoted according to market forces! Check out the LED board, indicating the prices of the day!
That day, we looked for our favorite salmon, and we ordered some dinner.
It wasn’t that difficult to speak with the stall holders, as some of them even spoke mandarin.
It costs us S $25 dollars, for one of those chunks of salmon, and it tasted great with Wasabi.
The wholesale fish market is definitely worth a visit and it would be great to go in a big group. Our friends who went earlier managed to order a lot of seafood, as they had more stomachs to sample the food. The Alaskan Crabs looked too BIG, for the 2 of us, and hence we only had salmon that day.
Noryangjin market is open from 3:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., retailers work every day while wholesalers take off Sundays and holidays.
01:00 ~ 18:00 (wholesale auction)
07:00 ~ 20:00 (dried fish)
24 hours (raw fish)
Open throughout the year
Directions: Subway line 1, Noryangjin Station