There’s a covered yet open-air market on offer before you enter the main building, full of women selling
their wares. For the most part, the ‘ajummas’ (Korean married ladies) sell similar fish/seafood across the
board, and prices aren’t usually displayed – so be prepared to do a little bargaining. Prices may also be
flexible according to the day, how much of a certain kind of fish came in, etc...
Moving into the main building, the entire first floor is nothing but fresh fish or seafood in tanks, trays,
bowls, water, ice, and so on. This is where you will find all the strange varieties you’ve been expecting.
By going up one floor, the scene is transformed from a raw fish market to a restaurant/dried fish market.
Here, you can sample some sashimi – complete with all the side dishes no proper Korean meal should be without.
The 3rd floor contains a convenience store and coffee shop, while the 5th and 6th floors house two different
seafood restaurants, where (I’m only guessing) the prices may be as high as the restaurants are. From the front
of the building, you can take an elevator straight from the sidewalk to these fancier restaurants – makes sense,
you certainly would not want to wear your nice shoes / dress / pants on the wet floor of a raw fish market.
Come to Jagalchi Fish Market for the sights, the sounds, and the smells.
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Chris in South Korea.