Noryangjin Fish Market was one of the places that had been on my to-do list, but took me years to check off. We finally made it out last year for Dave's Outpost story on Seoul. I'm really glad we went when we did, because right now the old market vendors are in a bitter dispute with the owners, who have built a new market. The problem is, most of the fishmongers don't want to move there.
In the past you could order your sea creature of choice, watch while an 80-year-old grandpa fished it out of the tank and expertly sliced it up, then walk a few meters behind the tanks and sit down on the floor in a crowded, low-ceiling restaurant to enjoy your sashimi and sides that use of every part of your creature. Talk about fresh!
Now these restaurants have all been ordered to close. But most of the vendors and their seafood are still there. The new building does have restaurants, albeit on a separate floor in a department store-like building. The lots are smaller, it's sterile, and characterless. The old market is around 90 years old and a lot of the vendors have been there for generations, with no intention of moving. Read more about it here.
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