Noryangjin Fish Market

One of the best places to visit in Seoul is Noryangjin Fish Market. Itโ€™s like an aquarium where you can eat the exhibits. Unlike a lot of fish markets around the world, many of the fish are still alive in tanks. Because of that, it doesnโ€™t smell as rank as other markets. This isnโ€™t like many fish markets around the world.ย 

Koreans generally visit Noryangjin to purchase fresh hwe, sliced raw fish. Even those who know nothing about seafood will find the selection process fairly easy, as vendors are more than willing to help shoppers select their catch. Vendors will then weigh the fish and quote a price, most often using a calculator if they sense you might not know Korean.

After youโ€™ve made your purchases, you have the option of having them prepared for you on-site at one of the restaurants on the second floor and basement levels. Donโ€™t worry about tracking one of them down, however, as their representatives will often find you first. Hand over your catch, which they will bring to the restaurant for you.

If you prefer your fish sashimi-style, the server will gut, skin and slice up your purchase right before your eyes, serving it with pickled onion, raw wasabi, green chilli, fermented bean paste for dipping and lettuce leaves to wrap it all up with. Should an item need cooking, the in-house chef will do so. Shrimp are usually grilled in their shells, while crabs are boiled.

Feeling bold? Do as the adventurous eaters do and order a plate of sannakji, live octopus. Itโ€™s served chopped up (but still wriggling around) and with a selection of dipping sauces.ย Getting to Noryangjin is easy, when you know where youโ€™re going. Take the Seoul subway to Noryangjin Station (Lines 1 and 9). From exit 1, walk about 100m (330ft) over the train tracks via the footbridge, following the English signage. Go down the stairs to get to the trading floor of the market.