I visited the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul for the first time this week. This is a must see as a Korean tourist! Row after row after row of fresh and frozen sea creatures of all kinds are here for your buying (or gawking) pleasure.
After your eyes (and nostrils) have had their fill of fish, you simply must select something from the market to bring upstairs into one of the many restaurants where the chefs will cook what you hunted from amongst the buckets and aquariums below! My little Rock Fish (I was too chicken to try the Ammonia Fish – which I’ve been told tastes like floor cleaner – or octopus) was turned into the most delicious spicy soup!
The second floor leads to the restaurants while down below you’ll find sea creatures galore!
Such a busy place
Someone is always at the ready to take your order
Small sampling of what you might find
A lady restocks the inventory
There’s always time for tea…just cover the spout in case of fish spray
The people who work here are constantly on the move, working in wet, frigid conditions. I watched one lady hack a huge frozen fish with a dull blade for 5 minutes before walking away. When I returned down the same aisle she was still at it! I’d pass out too if I had to do this kind of work day in and day out.
I found it interesting that many of the women still took the time to put themselves together in the morning, doing their hair and makeup. The competition is fierce here. Looking nice can’t hurt your chances of making a sale, right? Also, I saw many families working together, like these two, who I assume are mother or grandmother and daughter.
Husband and wife shuck mounds of shellfish together
A pretty young lady makes a sale
Google Translate helps us foreigners translate from English to Korean.
Home Depot type forklift trucks move up and down the aisles
Scales for weighing the fish adorn every booth
This couple shop with their pup in tow
Washing the blood from freshly hacked fish down the cracks of the old and worn cement
“5 thousand won!” she tells us
My Rock Fish soup