South Korea is a peninsula surrounded by three seas. So, Koreans have loved seafood for a long time. Needless to say, the biggest and most famous fish market in Seoul is the Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market. If you like seafood, we strongly recommend visiting this wonderful seafood market in the heart of Seoul.
Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market Guide
How to get to the fish market
The closest subway station is Noryangjin station of Seoul Metro Line No. 1 and 9.
Take exit 7 of subway line 9 and go straight by foot for 145 meters. Then you can see the overpass to go into the Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market.
Address: 674 Nodeul-ro, Noryangjin-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
Inside the Fish Market
The seafood market was moved to the newly constructed six-story building in 2015. And surprisingly, there are almost 700 fish retail stores in the market. The 1st floor is for retail stores and auctioning. The 2nd floor is for dried and salted fish stores and raw fish restaurants.
There are so many kinds of fish, shrimps, crabs, and shells in the market, too numerous to count. Moreover, if you pick a fish in the water tank to buy, the owner will slice the raw fish right away and prepare sashimi to eat.
Frankly, Dy & I prefer shrimps, crabs, shells, and scallops to the raw fish. Koreans like to eat shrimp roasted in salt.
It’s so simple to make. First, put a sheet of tin foil in the bottom of a pan and pour some salt in it. Secondly, add cleaned shrimps and close the lid. That’s it. It’s time to enjoy yummy roasted shrimps. 🙂
As you know, Koreans love spicy foods. Octopus is the main ingredient for many of the spicy dishes in Korea. Most of all, the highlight of the octopus dishes is ‘Nakji Tangtangee’, sliced raw octopus. I promise you that tasting this dish would be an unforgettable experience, especially when you bite into a piece of the raw octopus. 🙂
How to eat seafood in the market
The merchants of the market will ask you how long it will take for the fish to be in the fridge. Because they will pack some ice with the fish to avoid expiration. But what can you do if you want to taste the fresh fish and shells you purchased right away in the market?
Just take an escalator to the 2nd floor and select a sashimi restaurant which will cook your seafood.
They cook the purchased seafood the way you want it cooked. The basic serving fee is 4,000 KRW if you order Maeuntang(Spicy fish stew). If not, 6,000 KRW per person. Please, check the service fee of the restaurants.
Noryangjin is close to Yongsan, Yeouido, and Banpo. So, it would be good to make a plan to visit Noryangjin Fish Market with the War Memorial of Korea, 63 building, Banpo Hangang Park, or Sebit Island. The recommended one-day itinerary for the fish market is ‘the War Memorial of Korea’ – ‘Noryangjin Fish Market’ – ‘Banpo Hangang Park’.
Hope you have a great experience in the Korean fish market!
Written by Dy & Jay.
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