World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 0.7 (144 votes)

Noryangjin Fish Market

Listed under Food Markets in Seoul, South Korea.

  • Photo of Noryangjin Fish Market
  • Photo of Noryangjin Fish Market
  • Photo of Noryangjin Fish Market
  • Photo of Noryangjin Fish Market
  • Photo of Noryangjin Fish Market
  • Photo of Noryangjin Fish Market
  • Photo of Noryangjin Fish Market
Photo of Noryangjin Fish Market
Photo by David Lee
Pin It

As soon as you get out of the subway at Noryangjin Station you'll smell that you're in the vicinity of the Noryangjin Fish Market (노량진수산시장), Seoul's wholesale seafood market and auction venue. The majority of South Korea's seafood, and much of that going to the surrounding area, is routed through here, so it's a very busy place of business, not just a fascinating place for visitors to Seoul to experience. If you're interested in seeing the auctions then you'll need to be here from between 1am to 6:30am, as this is when all the trading is done on the fish you'll be eating in restaurants the following day. But after that the retail market operates well into the evening, so there's still something to see even in the afternoon.

Around 15,000 people attend the market daily, and if it's seafood you'll pretty much find it on offer here, possibly still wriggling with freshness... There are quite a few seafood delicacies enjoyed raw in Seoul, including tiny octopus, which is eaten raw: whole or sliced up, it's tentacles still suctioning your lips and mouth as you chew and swallow.

As well as crabs, abalone, sea cucumbers, snails, eels and all sorts of prawns there's also plenty of fish, which is sold by weight (it's OK to haggle), then gutted or prepared sashimi style as requested by you.

If you're not sure about doing it yourself you can go to one of the eight seafood restaurants that line the entranceway. These basically just sell you the sides and soups etc. that go with what's prepared at the market, and after you order, your waiter will yell it down to someone in the market who'll prepare it for you and it will be brought to your table fresh from the market floor. Most people tend to go for raw or only lightly broiled options.

As mentioned it's easy to get to the market via the subway, which lets you out near a pedestrian bridge which will take you right over the traffic onto the roof of the markets.

Written by  Simon Says.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • La Merced

    La Merced isn't just the name of the market, or the old monastery the market was named for, it's the name of the whole area, wh…

  • Mercato Centrale

    Check out the photos for the best idea of the pleasures of the Mercato Centrale. Here are the details: built in the 19th Centu…

  • Male Fish Market

    There are a lot of islands in the Maldives, but there’s a lot of ocean as well, and in that area of ocean there are loads of fi…

Nearby Experiences

  • Jongmyo Shrine

    Jongmyo is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal shrines to have been preserved. Dedicated to the forefathers of…

  • Changdeokgung Palace Complex

    In the early 15th century, the Emperor T'aejong ordered the construction of a new palace at an auspicious site. A Bureau of Pal…

  • Chuseok

    Chuseok is the Korean version of the Chinese Moon Festival and is held at the same time on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month …

Related links

Contribute to this page