The Noryangjin Fish Market is a large and vibrant fish and seafood center located in the Noryangjin-dong neighborhood near the 63 Building and Han River. The market is open 24 hours a day but is at its best early in the morning when the market comes alive with amazing and interesting seafood.
Noryangjin Fish Market
If it swims in the ocean and it’s edible, chances are you will find it for sale here, 24 hours a day. You can see the fresh catch of the day before it ends up on the tables of restaurants throughout Seoul.
The market dates back to 1927 when it was located near Seoul Station. In 1971, it was relocated to its current location on the banks of the Han River. Today, it is now one of the largest seafood markets in Korea.
The joy of this bustling area is simply wandering around from stall to stall discovering bubbling tanks full of all sorts of strange creatures that you may have never seen before. You will also spot large varieties of fish, octopus, clams, shrimp, rays, blue crabs, and much more.
If you are hungry and want to experience one of the freshest meals of your life, you can purchase seafood and have it prepared at one of the restaurants for about 12,000 won. You can have raw fish sliced into a fresh sashimi meal, known as hwae.
If you prefer your seafood cooked, you can have it grilled with salt over an open flame and served with a side of rice. For a few more won, you can have maeuntang, which is a hot and spicy soup made with the seafood leftovers.
You might find it difficult and confusing trying to pick out something to eat when the seller does not speak English and you have no idea what the seafood even is. Look for whatever looks fresh and gets your attention. The food is fresh and cheap so don’t be scared and be adventurous and odds are you will leave with a meal to remember.
Directions and Getting There
Take Subway Line 1 to Noryangjin Station (Exit 1).
After exiting the station, walk across the bridge over the tracks towards the direction of the 63 Building. The fish market building is located at the end of the bridge. To get here, walk downstairs.
Daily : 24 hours
Wholesale market operates around 1:00-18:00, dry seafood market operates 3:00-20:00, and the raw fish market operates 24 hours a day.
Map and Location
- GPS Coordinates (Longitude and Latitude) : 37.515236, 126.941373.