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Walking the wet aisles of Korea’s largest fish market and seeing all the live seafood wiggling hopelessly in tanks is an amazing experience. The smell wasn’t as bad as we’d been told and all my concentration was taken up by the sights around me. There were fish big and small, mounds of shellfish, and all types of sea creatures we couldn’t identify. The best way for you to get to know this amazing market is just to take a visual tour. For all the strange creatures and mass quantities check out our highlights video, and for a closer look check out the photo gallery. Enjoy.

All photos by Anna Waigand. Video editing by Anna Waigand. Videography by Andre Francisco.

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The Indoor Market
Jagalchi Market's $47 million building

Jagalchi: Inside the newly renovated market


One for show, the rest get bagged

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The pinks just starting to come out
Photo by Anna Waigand.

Coming from the Midwest, I didn’t always get the freshest of seafood (except for whitefish livers in Bayfield, Wisc.). But the ring of restaurants around the towering Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan offered many opportunities to get fresh seafood whether you wanted it caught that morning, raw or still alive. After being heckled by women with only the most necessary English skills, we settled on a place with English labeled pictures above the doorway. We think the restaurant is named Sharjeong Sharkkomjangeo (살청 살껌정어), but the sign isn’t totally clear.

We decided we weren’t ready to try stir-fried hagfish, but “a shrimp roasted” sounded pretty good. Our waitress placed a heavy pan with a sheet of tinfoil covered in a think layer of coarse salt on our counter-top burner. She let it heat up as she brought us some appetizers including raw conch shell.

Photo by Anna Waigand.

Neither Anna or I had eaten conch before, but Greg recommended it and our server was insistent. She dug the grey and black animals out of their shells with a tooth pick, dipped them in hot sauce and then, arm outstretched, forced them on us. See Anna’s on-the-spot video review.

Busan: Eating Raw Conch from Seoulful Adventures on Vimeo.

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We were feeling good until we noticed that our meat had come in tubes. There are plenty of meats that come in cylinders, like the common sausage sizzlers in Korea, that are undaunting to eat. But if you just hollow out that cylinder, they become much more unusual.

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Turns out our main course was beef intestine. We figured out the intestine part by showing a picture of a cow with its parts labeled to the guy sitting next to us. He then snaked his hand in a back and forth motion across his belly ending in a downward spout at the bottom that I won’t mention again. We weren’t sure it was beef until we showed a picture of a cow and a boar to the host and he pointed to the cow. All thanks to the Point It book from my mom.

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The reason we ventured into this place is because it is The Popular Place. We don’t know the names of any of the restaurants in our neighborhood. There is The Cheap Place, The Soup Place, The Porridge Place and The Popular Place. The final one is so named because the L-shaped restaurant is packed every day of the week. On a street with cook-meat-at-your-table places shoulder to shoulder, it’s impressive that one of the larger ones is consistently filled to the bring with a boisterous, happy crowd. There isn’t a lick of English in the place, but we thought we’d give it a go.
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