Scenes from the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul, South Korea

Scenes from the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul, South Korea

“You want eat live octu-pus?”

Hmm. I thought about it for a couple of seconds but decided against it.

“It good. Stick your teeth,” the fishmonger said in broken English, nodding and grinning.

I’m in Seoul, South Korea. Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market in Dongjak-gu to be exact – just south of the Han River. For lovers of seafood, visiting the market is a must. It offers a vast array of seafood, some of which is alive and swimming. The market gives visitors an insight into Seoul and its locals, providing a real buzz. With restaurants inside the market, you can buy your fish, shrimps, squid, octopus, crabs, lobster or whatever else is on offer and have it cooked, or not cooked, sitting among the locals eating the fresh catch, washing it all down with soju

One of the many fish stalls offering a variety of fish
One of the many fish stalls offering a variety of fish
Nothing goes to waste as this trader chops up fish heads and bones
Nothing goes to waste as this trader chops up fish heads and bones
Fishmonger shows off his catch of the day
Fishmonger shows off his catch of the day
Too much soju for some...
Too much soju for some…
After walking around the market for an hour, I take 10 minutes for some raw fish and soju with Korean ‘friends’
After walking around the market for an hour, I take 10 minutes for some raw fish and soju with Korean ‘friends’
Freshly cooked prawn, peeled and ready to eat
Freshly cooked prawn, peeled and ready to eat
Seafood lovers at one of the many restaurants that can be found in the market
Seafood lovers at one of the many restaurants that can be found in the market
Fishmonger with a humongous shrimp
Fishmonger with a humongous shrimp
Workers take some time out and set up a table in the middle of the market
Workers take some time out and set up a table in the middle of the market
Fishmonger shows off his knife skills as the fish look on
Fishmonger shows off his knife skills as the fish look on
Woman sorting out her cockles
Woman sorting out her cockles

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