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of the first places I almost always take friends that visit Busan is
Jagalchi fish market. It’s a strange place. While
it’s a pretty well-established place to visit, the fish market is a bit
of an oddity. Going and watching old women gut and chop up
dead fish is not exactly akin to relaxing on the beach in the ranks of
must-do tourist activities. The best explanation I can come
up with for why I keep going back, is that I unknowingly despise fish.
Some inner chamber of my subconscious mind must love to watch
them suffer and squirm. Strangely, consciously I’ve got
nothing against fish. I don’t love them, but my enjoyment of
Jagalchi market must go beyond pure aquatic schadenfreude. (Squid, on
the other hand, are truly evil and horrible creatures.)
So here are some other possible reasons why I like the fish
market so much.
pretty much a free aquarium. But weirder and scarier,
like a horror aquarium. So many creepy, freakish
looking creatures, packed into tanks while their friends and family are
being hacked apart and gutted above them.
-The fish market is one of the best spots to photograph people
in Busan. It does feel slightly exploitative to walk around
snapping photos of poor people while they’re working. It made
me think of a few unhappy years I spent as a house painter, and how I’d
have felt had groups of Korean tourists crowded around me with their
expensive cameras, taking pictures of me while I suffered through my
work day. It’s gotta be really annoying, still, you can get
some pretty cool photos.
sashimi can be fun. On the second floor of the indoor area
can be a great place for some cheap seafood. While you won’t
be blown away by any extraordinarily sanitary conditions, at least
you’ll know it’s fresh when they guy brings it to you, still alive, to
ask if the fish he’s about to kill and feed you looks okay.
Also the fish being cooked on the grills outside, along the
street, look and smell fantastic.
-It’s convenient. Right beside Nampo-dong.
Only a few stops from Busan Station. It’s
definitely easy to find and get around. Stop by for a few
minutes before catching your train, or make it part of a Nampo shopping
are some great views of the port and of the surrounding hillside
neighborhoods here. It’s definitely worth a look around.
Also, try going to the top of the Lotte Department store in
Nampo. There’s a sky garden that has some of my favorite
views of Busan.
Well it may not be the most crowd-pleasing,
relaxing, or pleasant smelling spot in Busan.
Jagalchi wins major points for being among the most
interesting places. You’ll definitely see things that you
just aren’t gonna experience in too many other places.
Directions: Take the Orange metro line to
Jagalchi Station. Go out exit 10. Walk straight
until you see the market gate on your right, follow that street until
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