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Ja-galchi Fish Market

Try fresh delicacies from the ocean prepared by expert fishmongers at the largest seafood market in South Korea.

Ja-galchi Market is a lively seafood marketplace in Busan’s waterfront. Whether you’re window shopping or preparing for a feast, the market is an exciting cultural and social destination. Wandering the many levels of the market is a bit like visiting an aquarium, only the octopi are in buckets and escaped fish flip around on the footpath. All the creatures at Ja-galchi Market, however, are destined for someone’s plate. Put aside an afternoon to fully explore its enormous indoor market hall and outdoor section along the city port.

See fresh seafood arrive daily from Nampo Port, next door. Stand by the port and watch fishing boats bring in fresh hauls of octopus and cod. Wander along the stalls to see the diverse range of fish and sea creatures, the likes of which you might never have seen before.

A large number of stands will give out samples, so try some seafood before you buy. Be adventurous and try some new things that don’t look particularly tasty or familiar; some types of seafood are traditional Korean delicacies. If you like what you try, the storeowner can skillfully prepare your purchase.

The majority of the sellers are women, as the Korean War claimed the lives of many men who worked in these industries. The married women are known as Ja-galchi ajumas and are exceptionally skillful at slicing and preparing seafood. Beware of haggling with these storeowners; their sales skills are as sharp as their knives.

Ja-galchi Market is open every day from the early morning until late at night. The markets are closed on the last Tuesday of each month. Opening times can vary from stand to stand.

The market is situated on the south central Busan waterfront, close to Yeongdodaegyo Bridge. It can be reached by bus or subway and parking is available for a fee.


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Daewonjang Motel

Daewonjang Motel

65, Jagalchi-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
2.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Jung District, this hotel is steps from Jagalchi Fish Market and Nampodong Street.

AU$98
Aventree Hotel Busan

Aventree Hotel Busan

12-1, Changseon-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Busan
4.3
of 5, from 516 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Jung District, this hotel is steps from Gukje Market and PIFF Square.

AU$83
Hotel Foret Premier

Hotel Foret Premier

54-1, Gudeok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
4.3
of 5, from 30 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Jung District, this hotel is steps from Nampodong Street, PIFF Square, and Jagalchi Fish Market.

AU$58
Hotel Noah

Hotel Noah

3-1, Jagalchi-ro 47beon-gil, Busan
4.1
of 5, from 135 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Jung District, this hotel is steps from Nampodong Street, PIFF Square, and Trickeye Museum Busan.

AU$68
Stanford Inn Busan

Stanford Inn Busan

53, Gudeok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
4.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Jung District, this hotel is steps from Nampodong Street, PIFF Square, and Jagalchi Fish Market.

AU$58
Terra Guesthouse 2

Terra Guesthouse 2

3, Jagalchi-ro 48beon-gil, Jung-gu, Busan
4.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Jung District, this guesthouse is steps from Jagalchi Fish Market and Nampodong Street.

V Hotel Nampo

V Hotel Nampo

8-3, Bosu-daero, Jung-gu, Busan
2.5 out of 5.0

This hotel is located in Busan (Jung District), close to Trickeye Museum Busan, PIFF Square, and Nampodong Street. Also nearby are Jagalchi Fish Market and Gukje Market.

AU$49
Popcorn Hostel Nampodong

Popcorn Hostel Nampodong

6-1, Jagalchi-ro 47beon-gil, Jung-gu, Busan
3.1
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2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Jung District, this hostel is steps from Nampodong Street, Jagalchi Fish Market, and PIFF Square.