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Scenes from the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul, South Korea

Stalls at the market
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“You want eat live octu-pus?”

Hmm. I thought about it for a couple of seconds but decided against it.

“It good. Stick your teeth,” the fishmonger said in broken English, nodding and grinning.

I’m in Seoul, South Korea. Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market in Dongjak-gu to be exact – just south of the Han River. For lovers of seafood, visiting the market is a must. It offers a vast array of seafood, some of which is alive and swimming. The market gives visitors an insight into Seoul and its locals, providing a real buzz. With restaurants inside the market, you can buy your fish, shrimps, squid, octopus, crabs, lobster or whatever else is on offer and have it cooked, or not cooked, sitting among the locals eating the fresh catch, washing it all down with soju

One of the many fish stalls offering a variety of fish

One of the many fish stalls offering a variety of fish

Nothing goes to waste as this trader chops up fish heads and bones

Nothing goes to waste as this trader chops up fish heads and bones

Fishmonger shows off his catch of the day

Fishmonger shows off his catch of the day

Too much soju for some...

Too much soju for some…

After walking around the market for an hour, I take 10 minutes for some raw fish and soju with Korean ‘friends’

After walking around the market for an hour, I take 10 minutes for some raw fish and soju with Korean ‘friends’

Freshly cooked prawn, peeled and ready to eat

Freshly cooked prawn, peeled and ready to eat

Seafood lovers at one of the many restaurants that can be found in the market

Seafood lovers at one of the many restaurants that can be found in the market

Fishmonger with a humongous shrimp

Fishmonger with a humongous shrimp

Workers take some time out and set up a table in the middle of the market

Workers take some time out and set up a table in the middle of the market

Fishmonger shows off his knife skills as the fish look on

Fishmonger shows off his knife skills as the fish look on

Woman sorting out her cockles

Woman sorting out her cockles

Deven Pamben

About the Author: Deven Pamben

Deven is a journalist working in Beijing, China. From England, he has both reporting and editing experience, having worked for a variety of print and digital publications in the UK. Deven loves Mauritius, football, food, travel and is partial to a glass of wine…or two.

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  • Tracey – Life Changing Year

    Oh such great photos!! Love those fish looking on to their doom!!!

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