The smell of fish fills your nostrils for a long time before you even reach the Noryangjin fish market. It was first opened in 1927 and runs 24 hours a day that means there is always fresh produce in stock.
If you wish to catch the fish auctions, you will have to get up very early in the morning due to the fact that some auctions begin at 1.00am and most finish before dawn.
There is no admission fee to enter the warehouse and you are free to wander around for as long as you want. I advise that you have your wits about you when walking down the narrow isles in this market, be sure to avoid getting in the workers way or be mindful that people are running their businesses here. That being said, most of the locals that are working in the market are very friendly and have no problem with photographers.
If you are hungry, most stalls have a runner who will carry the food of your choice to the restaurants upstairs and they will cook the food for you fresh on site. Prices are quite modest and you can be sure that you will not get a fresher meal anywhere else.
What to wear:
Clothing. The pungent odours from the market will stick to your clothes and remain if you spent an extended period of time there. My advice is to wear old clothes and also consider bringing a change of clothes with you if you plan on being out for the day.
Footwear. The floors in the fish market can be wet and slippery. You will need shoes that protect your feet from water or slime; I do not recommend flip-flops.
If you walk along the balcony above the fish market, you can get a great shot of the water tanks and sellers below.
The narrow isles and contrasting colours of sea creatures provide perspective on the atmosphere inside this warehouse.
The Noryangjin fish market is definitely a unique place that Seoul has to offer. Whether you like seafood or not, visiting the fish market is a great experience that will be unmatched almost anywhere else in the world.
How to get there:
Take the subway to Noryangjin Station and leave through exit 1. Upon exiting the station you will see a footbridge that crosses the train line, you need to take the footbridge to the other side of the tracks. Take the stairs on your left down to the bottom and you will have reached the fish market.
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