After alighting from the train, you’ll walk to this shabby-looking-metal-tin-walled building known as the famous Noryanggin Fish Market. That place certainly does look fishy. And my fears were confirmed when I stepped inside and a wave of fishy smell hit me like Vin Diesel in a car: fast and furious.
What is Noryangjin Fish Market
Noryanggin Fish Market is one of the more popular touristic local favourite areas. This means a place for tourists that look like for locals. It has lines of stalls there selling the a variety of seafood. From King Crabs and Salmon to weird looking condom-like creatures and sea cucumber, you will be in for a surprise at the catch of the day.
Getting to Noryangjin Fish Market
I cannot emphasis how EASY it is to get there! It’s so easy because there’s a train station named after the area: Noryangjin Station. Simply alight there, walk across the overhead bridge and voila, you’re there. You don’t have to worry about the area because literally, the only thing there to explore is Noryangjin fish market and every one alighting at the stop will head towards the fish market. There are also buses you can take and simply get off at Noryangjin Market Station. Alternatively, you can take a cab or drive there.
[Train] Noryangjin Station (Line 1), Exit 1. Walk 100m over the bridge
[Bus] Get off at Noryangjin Market Station
#150, 152, 360, 462, 500, 504, 507, 605, 640, 641, 650, 751, 752
# 5516, 5517, 5531, 5535, 5536, 6211, 6411, 6515
9 Food to Buy/Eat at Noryangjin Fish Market
- Salmon Sashimi
- Fresh live octopus (Sannakji) It is eaten raw with the tentacles still moving. You have to chew them really fast or they might get stuck in your throat!
- King crab
- Sea Urchin
- Tiger prawns
- Giant octopus/squid
- Sea squirt (Mong-Gae, 멍개) It is eaten raw, with rice.
- Urechis unicinctus (known as Sea Penis/Penis Fish/Spoon Worm) It is eaten raw with salt and sesame oil.
What to Do at Noryangjin Fish Market
Firstly, you go there to eat. This is a very interesting experience because the whole “restaurant” procedure now has changed. Follow the simple steps so you know what to do when you’re there:
- Look at the seafood at the market. Purchase whatever you want. Haggle for the prices!
- Make the payment of your chosen seafood. Sometimes they have a restaurant at the back, otherwise find a restaurant.
- Get seated in the restaurant and ask them to cook, serve or prepare the seafood you have just bought!
- Wait for them to arrive with your traditional kimchi and side dish.
- Enjoy a hearty fresh seafood meal with your friends
It is a simple procedure, where the roles are reversed. The restaurants now only exist to cook and serve you extra food like side dishes, rice, kimbap and drinks. Oh course, you do have to pay for the services provided.
The cost greatly depends on what you order and how well you bargain. Do note that the culture there is quite scary. All the stall owners will fight aggressively to get a business deal from you. Also, the prices are slightly expensive as it is a tourist attraction after all. Tip: Speaking Korean helps a lot!
Noryangjin is Great for Everyone
This is definitely great for people who want to explore the more local side of things. It’s fun for friends to get together and enjoy the afternoon over some fresh seafood. You can also purchase quality seafood home to cook for your family over dinner. It is a great place for everyone.
Things to note
The high-class fish market opens 24h, but do go as early as possible. I went around noon, and the salmon sashimi is not as fresh anymore. Also, not everything is very fresh. I had a few sea urchins that were rather bad.
- Name: Noryangjin Fish Market
- Address: 688 Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- Opening Hours:
- High Class Fish Market: 24 Hours
- General Fish Market: 01:30 – 22:00
- Frozen Fish Market: 03:30 – 22:00
- Shellfish Market: 01:00 – 22:00
Do share your experience eating those interesting food.
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