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Jagalchi Market, Busan

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Indulge in seafood galore at Jagalchi Market, Korea's premier fish market. Located at the end of a port, the market features stands full of flopping fish, eels, crabs, and mollusks as far as the eye can see. Observe record-breaking fish gutters and choppers, and sample freshly made seafood dishes in tented eateries (pojangmacha), where roasted sea eels hold pride of place. Set in a large building with an observation deck on the top, the market has two sections, one for fresh seafood and the other for dried products--perfect for taking home. An information center with English-speaking staff provides maps. To visit Jagalchi Market on your trip to Busan, use our Busan vacation planner .
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  • Lined up on the market, plenty of seafood-fish, crab, Octopus. You can eat seafood products bought in on the ground floor, is a bit more expensive. Morning around 10 o'clock came, but few customers.
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  • Like a market, very commercialize. The stall vendor expects tourists everyday, most of them can speak simple English. Seafood itself 1 price, have to pay another price for cooking them. Not fantastic,...  more »
  • He bites a bit still running, and the dance of the Octopus to eat after a long time, I visited the small Octopus, cut into chunks, and a mouth.... In addition there are the Kim Jong Suk who was to talk to the still powerful.
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  • If you are travelling in a small group, here is what you need to do. Step 1: walk around the first floor just get the atmosphere of the market but do not buy anything from them as they will charge you ingredient fee and cooking fee which will blow your pocket. Step 2: go up to second floor, look for Jacky's seafood. Hopefully Jacky will be there to help you with your selection. We find him very nice and understanding. He does not hard sell here stuff like those people downstairs. Do order their sea urchin, quite nice. Step 3: if you wish to buy dry goods home after that, remember to negotiate the price. If you can sweet talk them in simple korean, they might give you a 25% discount. Hope that helps!!
  • Freshest fish in Busan! Tried some fish in the market and you can really taste the seawater. That's how fresh it is! Definitely a must try for seafood lovers. However, the local merchants are limited in English speaking ability but there are menus with pictures + English. It was an authentic Korean Seafood experience!
  • Expensive - you pay for the seafood plus the cooking service. The seafood is cheap but the taking of their seats upstairs plus cooking done for you is expensive. The drinks are too so don't ever order the drinks(small cans/bottles cost around 2000-3000 won). Just ask for water, it's supposed to be free. Just by having your butts up there costs about 20000 won for 4 persons. The cooking done for fish, crab, abalone is about 6000-8000 won each. The seafood is fresh and nice, but that's about the only upside of the place. If there is any other alternative, I would take it. But I didn't know of any other place, and I wanted fresh seafood, so this was where I went. Just brace yourself for the expensive costs.
  • Spent many days prowling the market and watching the acclaimed Jagalchi women doing business. It's a rough trade and the guys are mostly condemned to peeling garlic.... you can eat at some of the outside stalls or in the market hall, either way your linguistic clumsiness will cost you extra.
  • The place has its originality. Nearly every kind of seafood can be seen near. But eating seafood here you must be careful. I think if you like to eat it raw its OK! They don't know how to cook. My king crab had been boiled like rubber. What a waste. Another thing is they put a lot of surcharge on top of the cooking fee. Never in a Korean restaurant you has to pay ectra money for the small dishes before the main meal. Just beware of that.

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Established as a domestic tourist destination for a long while now, you'll find a good set of accommodations in Busan, a city becoming more and more equipped to cope with its burgeoning international reputation. Around Seomyeon station and slightly further to the northeast lie some of the most established options, with an abundance of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses in this highly commercial district. Head to the Haeundae beach district for a range of beachfront options, and more budget-friendly guesthouses in the side streets that lead away from the beach.
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