The Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장) is Korea’s largest seafood market, where you can see the lifestyle of the indigenous Busan natives.
The market is situated on the edge of Nampo Port (남포항), Busan. The name is said to have originated from jagal (자갈 gravel in Korean) because the market used to be surrounded by many gravels. It’s really an eye opening experience and the Jalgachi market is definitely worth a visit. The market is open from 05:00 – 22:00 everyday. Some shop hours may vary. The market is closed on the last Tuesday of every month. It is easy to get to Jalgachi Market : Via Subway Line 1 to Jagalchi station and leave exit 10.
There are a few different sections of the Jagalchi market. We started in the outdoor zone. The market is very vibrant and colourful . I am so amazed at all the different kinds of fish available in the market. All of the workers there were friendly and they didn’t mind us browsing and taking pictures. I am holding a live octopus~ The man recommend me to try “sannakji” — a dish of live octopus, is one of Korea’s most talked about dishes that served with its arms that still squirming, sucking, grasping. DARE 2 TRY???? I think better try cooked octopus with delicious chili paste! The second floor of this market specializes in sashimi where visitors can purchase live fish in the first floor and get it sashimied. We had a wonderful time in Jagalchi Fish Market — it’s one of the absolute highlights of Busan. Jagalchi Fish Market 37-1, Nampodong 4(sa)-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea +82 51-713-8000 · jagalchimarket.bisco.or.kr