I’m pretty sure those watery stairs led me to seafood heaven…or was I just underwater? I’m a seafood foodie, but not even in my wildest dreams could I imagine such a catch. Endless rows of seafood being sold. Guys, there is no way we’re finding Nemo.
To my Afrikaans friends: Dit was iets vis-kriklik.
Only when I got closer I saw that most of these animals are still alive! Crabs the size of chairs, salmon fillets that look like soft red airplane pillows and shell I mention the crates and crates of oysters, craw fish, sea snails, anemone, shrimp and tiny creatures I’ve never even heard of?!
I looked like a fish gasping for water as I got lost in waves of scales and scallions. Completely blown away. The buzz was crazy. On this side someone was cutting up a freshly caught shark, on the other side someone was meticulously removing every little bone from a cleaned salmon.
What really struck me was the way the fish were handled. Live sea creatures were tossed and thrown as though these people were just working in the garden. Pulled out of tanks or given to customers to inspect. Like a gardener would pull plants out and throw them on the lawn. I didn’t quite know what to make of this . Is this natural or cruel? Let me know what you think in the comments.
How do I get there?
It’s very easy to find. Just take the blue line (Line 1) on the subway towards Noryangjin. Get off at Noryangjin Station and follow the stairs up to the bridge crossing over the train tracks. On the other side of the bridge follow the stairs leading you down to the market and voila. You can also just let your nose lead you there. The locals don’t even use Google Maps, they just smell their way home. This a reel fact.
This was quite an interesting experience. If you visit Seoul or are in the area, go check it out. Maybe you you hate it. Maybe you’re all about dat bass. However, don’t take it from salmon else, go sea for yourself 😉