Foodology

Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장): Korea’s Largest Seafood Market

Diana Chan November 11, 2013 Busan, Seafood, Specialty Shop

Jagalchi Market

One of the attractions in Busan is the Jagalchi Market, which is Korea’s largest seafood market. It attracts lots of locals and tourists everyday. If you’re coming here, its best to bring a friend who knows Korean if you’re buying something. It just makes it a bit easier.

You know you’re in the right area when the air smells a bit fishy.

Jagalchi Market

Outside the market building, there are tons of restaurants, and seafood shops. The most common restaurant near the main road are BBQ eel restaurants. There are so many, you can’t go wrong.

Jagalchi Market

Inside the big Jagalchi Market, the first floor is the fish market and the second floor are the restaurants.

Jagalchi Market

We came here just to look at the different produce. We didn’t have an intention to buy anything as we just had lunch before coming here. It’s pretty cool seeing all the different kinds of seafood in the baskets squirming and flopping around.

To me, it was going to an aquarium and seeing the animals up close.

Jagalchi Market

So many kinds of shrimp.

Jagalchi Market

If you wander around the coast, you can get some nice views of Busan.

Jagalchi Market

More views.

Jagalchi Market

Outside the market, there are even more vendors selling all types of seafood.

Jagalchi Market

Clams, mussels, geoduck and so many other things.

Jagalchi Market

There is dried fish too.

Jagalchi Market

The streets were very busy and crowded. It’s not a place for everyone. If you can’t stand the smell of fish and crowds, this place might not be for you.

Jagalchi-Market-fishy

We walked around for about 30 minutes looking at all the seafood, but the only fish that we bought was boonguhbbang (gold fish bread). It is a waffle stuffed with red bean and shaped like a fish. You can find it on the street corners and costs about 1,000 won. It’s especially good when it is freshly made and not sitting around.

If you have some spare time in Busan, definitely stroll through this area and perhaps stop by for lunch or dinner. Even if you plan on not buying anything here, its still a great experience seeing something different.

Address:
B37-1, Nampodong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan-si
부산광역시 중구 자갈치해안로 52 (남포동4가)

Website: http://www.bsjunggu.go.kr/eng/main.php

About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.

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