Busan Travel : Checking out Jagalchi Market (부산 자갈치시장)

Ending our tiring yet interesting exploration of Yongdusan Park (용두산 공원), we decided to stop by and checked out Jagalchi Market (부산 자갈치시장) as it was on the way to the station.

Located along the shore side road of Jung-gu (중구), is Jagalchi Market (부산 자갈치시장) , Korea’s largest seafood market. Both live and dried fish are available here.

After the Korean War, Jagalchi Market (부산 자갈치시장)  was solidified as a fish market. Interesting facts are that most of the fish seller here are women. They called themself Jagalchi Ajumma. ‘Ajumma’ in Korean is a calling for middle-aged or married woman.

Jagalchi Market (부산 자갈치시장) is a famous market in South Korea and actually represents  Busan (부산)


Some basic information on the market:

Every October, there will be a Jagalchi Cultural Festival that would be held. It would be a great opportunity to check out the lifestyle of the Busan (부산) locals.

Operating Hours
05:00-22:00 (Hoe Center opens from 09:00)

First and third Tuesday of every month

Store Information
1F: Fresh fish market (live fish/live eel/albalone/live fresh fish)

2F: Hoe Center (East.West Hoe Center/Resaurant zone/dried fish zone)

3F: Soribada norabang, exhibition room
4F: Dadohae Korean restaurant
5F: Oase Seafood Buffet
6F: Oase convention center, buffet
7F: guesthouse, sky park

If you are planning to visit this market, do ensure that you allocate enough time to pick the fresh seafood and get them to cook it. Enjoy the freshness of the seafood that are brought to the table on Level 2 of Jagalchi Market (부산 자갈치시장). Unfortunately for us, we were too full (after the wonderful lunch and then followed by the delicious and cool dessert earlier).

A great experience that we had from this adventure to Jagalchi Market (부산 자갈치시장) , the Jagalchi Ajumma are really great and hospitable people. It started raining heavily was we were departing the area. So we took shelter in front of one of the small restaurant. The Ajumma saw us, came out with chairs for us to sit while waiting. And then she noticed us sweating, even adjusted her fan and switched it one for us. Indeed a memorable experience rendered by Jagalchi Ajumma, ending our memorable Day 1 in Busan (부산).



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