Photo Essay: 자갈치시장 (Jagalchi Market)

If you can believe it, I almost spent an entire year in South Korea without ever visiting it’s southern port town and second biggest city Busan.

“It’s not that big of a deal,” people told me. “There’s the beach, but you’ve seen beaches, right? Other than that, it looks like every other city in Korea,” they told me.

You could miss it, and you wouldn’t be missing a thing, they said.

Well, I kinda think they were wrong.

Now, I saw Haeundae beach and it’s true, it didn’t really “wow” me but then again, I prefer quiet rural beaches to the busy meat market, sardine-style, community tanning beds that people seem driven to flock to. But Haeundae beach isn’t all that Busan has to offer. Since I didn’t do an extensive tour of Busan, I can’t categorize EVERYTHING the city has to offer. But I can offer you this photo essay on 자갈치시장 (Jagalchi Market).

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NOTES ON JAGALCHI MARKET: Of course, if you’re a seafood lover, this is the place to be for you! But even if you’re not (and I’m not really), Jagalchi market still has a lot to offer as far as sights (I saw an octopus crawl out of its tank and slide toward the feet of an approaching customer, see the center of the eighth  picture from the top), sounds, and smells that are hard to beat anywhere else in Korea. If you ARE a seafood lover, you should know that you can pick a fish and have it cooked either at an upstairs restaurant or at a table right behind the stall (see pictures). How fresh is that? 

Also, I have no idea what is with the shark’s head, though I did see hunks of what looked like shark meat so maybe that’s a thing? No idea.

These pictures were all taken on my ipod, so they’re not the best quality. 

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