Noryangjin Fish Market

Noryangjin Fish Market

Despite being up for almost thirty hours the day before, there’s nothing like jet-lag to get you up at 5am. Since it was still dark outside and there wasn’t much going on in Insadong, we decided to head over to Noryanjin Fish Market (노량진수산시장) to watch the fish auctions and grab a bite to eat.

It’s like a bigger, less hectic version of Tsjukiji market in Tokyo, and the people are much nicer. There’s also a lot more live seafood in tanks, and we decided to make a breakfast out of Tai Snapper (참돔생선회 – Ch’amdom Saengseon Hoe) and live octopus (산낙지 – Sannakji).

We found a vendor with very lively looking fish and octopus, pointed, and the next thing we know, we were being sent in the dirction of some stairs that took us to the basement level where they served prepared the live octopus and make a hot pot out of the leftover bones and head of the snapper.

Noryangjin Fish Market In Seoul, South Korea

Noryanjin Fish Market
13-8 Noryangjin-dong Daehanmin-guk (대한민국 서울 동작구 노량진1동 13-8
phone: 02-814-2211

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  • Angie

    Wow, you had one of the most authentic experiences in Seoul. I grew up there but didn’t get a chance to visit the famous Noryanjin Fish Market. You’re such an excellent upbeat reporter! Million times better than Anthony Bourdain, who was really whiny and grumpy the whole time he was in Korea for his TV show.

  • Francesco

    The live octopus was more than a bit gross and more than a bit harsh.

  • Jessica

    Wow I’ve always wanted to try the live octopus! Did you have to go with someone Korean to get around?

    • Anonymous

      It helps, but part of travelling is mastering the art of pointing and
      smiling. It can be uncomfortable if you’ve never done it, but it gets easier
      and it almost always ends up working out. In the case of sanakji, if you go
      to Noryangjin, just find a stall with baby octopus, point and they’ll bag it
      up for you. Then there’s a restaurant in the basement which you can take
      your bag to and they will chop it up and serve it to you with sauces.


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