Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan – a delight for the senses

I will start by saying that I have never seen anything like this before.

Once you step inside Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan, your senses will go crazy. This huge market is full of all kinds of fish, every species you can imagine. Colorful ones, weird ones, you name it! There is so much fish that it could easily feed an entire city, no joking.

Imagine hundreds of stalls selling seafood – raw, cooked, dried. Imagine hundreds of sellers preparing their fish. Imagine thousands of locals strolling around the market in search of the best, most delicious fish. You get the idea.

Vendors at Busan Jagalchi Fish Market

If you’re traveling to Busan, you can’t skip this famous market. I’ve seen fish markets before in Asia but none as big, fascinating, and intriguing as this one. If you like seafood, don’t worry!

There are plenty of restaurants and street food stalls where you can enjoy fish soup, fish on stick, fried fish, and pretty much any kind of fish you can think of. There is something for everyone at the Busan Fish Market.

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1. About the Jagalchi Fish Market

Situated near the Namp Port in Busan, Jagalchi Fish Market is the biggest one in South Korea. Every single day, the freshest fish is delivered by a fleet of fishing boats. After its delivery, the sellers start to clean and display it.

Busan Fish Market has two sections: the indoor market and the outdoor stalls. Firstly, we ventured inside the indoor market and it looked like we’ve arrived at an aquarium.

At the ground floor, there were tens of small pools filled with weird living sea creatures. I would love to tell you what they were but I have no idea. Long and fat, short and flat, thin and round fish, they were all swimming in the small pools waiting to become a delicious meal.

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Busan Jagalchi Fish Market
Displayed fish at Busan Jagalchi Fish Market

After exploring the ground floor, we decided to see what’s on the first floor. Here you will find tens of restaurants. It was full of locals having lunch and we would have loved to sit and eat some seafood but unfortunately, we already ate. To get you an idea about the dishes served at the restaurants, here are a few lunch options:

  • Nakji – octopus tentacles
  • Gul – oyster
  • Maeu un Tanng – fish soup

The prices at Busan Fish Market restaurants are a bit high. Expect to pay somewhere around 15,000 won for a meal.

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Jagalchi Fish Market Busan, South Korea
Jagalchi Fish Market Busan, South Korea
Jagalchi Fish Market Busan, South Korea

If you want, you can buy your fish from the first floor and bring it to one of the restaurants at the second floor to cook it. Alternatively, you can choose from the dishes on their menu.

At the 5th floor there is a seafood buffet that you can try. While you’re here, head to the rooftop to the observation deck and admire the views.

Busan Jagalchi Fish Market
Busan Fish Market restaurants

After visiting the indoor market, we proceeded to visit the outdoor stalls. There are hundreds if not thousands of them. Some of the stalls only sell fish but some of them also have small restaurants in the back.

The vendors will try and lure you into their restaurants by showing you their menu. They will happily kill one of the fish they have on display and cook it for you. Are you hungry?

Busan Jagalchi Fish Market
Stalls at Busan Jagalchi Fish Market
Displayed fish at Busan Jagalchi Fish Market

Beautifully displayed on the stalls and decorated with fresh vegetables, you will see clams, giant squids, sea cucumbers, whale meat belt fish, lobster, crabs, and just about every edible sea animal.

While the men go fishing, the women sell the fish. Everything is in perfect balance at the Busan Fish Market. The women who run the stalls are nicknamed Jagalchi ajumma. Ajumma actually means “married woman”.

Good to know: The smell around the market is quite strong. Although I didn’t find it that bad, for some it might be a bit disturbing. If you have a sensitive stomach, you might want to visit the market as fast as possible.

Opening hours & entrance fee

Jagalchi Fish Market is opened seven days a week, from 8 am to 10 pm. If you want to see how the local vendors set up their stalls, be sure to be there early in the morning (5 am or 6 am). There is no entrance fee to the Busan Fish Market.

2. Should you visit the Busan Fish Market?

Definitely! Apart from other attractions such as the Gamcheon Culture Village or the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, the Jagalchi Fish Market is one of the must-see places in Busan.

Get lost between fish stalls, admire the weird yet beautiful creatures and why not, try some of the food. This fish market is one of those places that will stick to your memory forever.

Busan Jagalchi Fish Market

3. How to get there

Getting to the Busan Fish Market is easy. The market is situated in the heart of the city, near the Jagalchi subway station (take exit number 7).

If you decide to visit this market, I recommend to also take a walk on the nearby bridge – Yeongdodaegyo Bridge. The views are incredible. From here, you can see the Jagalchi Fish Market and the fishing boats.

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Yeongdodaegyo Bridge

4. Where to stay in Busan

Finding the perfect accommodation in Busan might be challenging but I’m here to help you. I’ve been searching for the best accommodation in Busan, for every budget. Please find below my recommendations:

  • Budget – Silk Road Hostel –  excellent location, clean rooms (shared bathroom), super-friendly staff
  • Mid-budget – Value Hotel Busan – excellent location, big rooms, great view
  • Luxury – Asti Hotel – modern rooms, great location, excellent view

I hope that you’ve found this article useful. Busan is a beautiful city with a lot of stunning tourist attractions and the fish market is a must-see. If you have any questions about Busan Fish Market, please let me know in the comments section below.

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Aurelia Teslaru
Aurelia Teslaru

Aurelia Teslaru is a professional travel blogger and the writer behind Daily Travel Pill. With a 4-year experience as a travel writer and photographer, Aurelia only shares travel guides about destinations that she visited.

She has been to more than 40 countries during the past 10 years and aims to explore 50 countries before turning 30 years old. Aurelia is a digital nomad who transformed her passion for travel into a lifestyle. Read more about her here.

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