Jagalchi Market, BusanCurrently Open [Closes at 10:00 pm]
- Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
- Timings: 05:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
- Phone: +82-517138000
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Market, Family And Kids
About Jagalchi Market, Busan
It is the largest fish market in Korea. Located beside Nampo Port, it is the only place where you can get fresh seafood, both in raw form as well as cooked. The first thing that will catch your attention is, most of the sellers are middle aged or married women. They are referred as Jagalchi Ajumma or ajumma. The prices of fish are quite cheaper as compare to other supermarkets. It is quite colorful and vibrant place to spend some time. In the indoor area, fish restaurants are there where you can taste different dishes, made of raw fish and live fish. There are many restaurants, where you can bring your own fish and they will cook it for you.
If you are traveling in October, visit this market as it hold Jagalchi Cultural Tourism festival. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Busan itinerary 1 day.
Jagalchi Market Information
- Parking space available.
- Grab a sample of the seafood before buying it.
- Try out the indoor market place where each floor is dedicated to different areas of specialization.
- Try out the octopus but be careful while having it.
- At night, many pochangmachas and tent stands are open serving drinks and seafood in the outdoor area.
Jagalchi Market Opening and Closing Hours
- At the outdoor section, pochangmachas and tent stands are open - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
How To reach Jagalchi Market by Public Transport
- Jagalchi station(Busan Subway line1), exit #10.
Restaurants Near Jagalchi Market
- Yangssi Sanghoe
- OASE Seafood buffet
- Kimbab Cheonguk Gwangan Main Store
- Nampo Samgyetang
- Paris Baguette
- Halmae Gaya Milmyeon
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Jagalchi Market, Busan Reviews
If you are travelling in a small group, here is what you need to do. Step 1: walk around the first floor just get the atmosphere of the market but do not buy anything from them as they will charge you ingredient fee and cooking fee which will blow your pocket. Step 2: go up to second floor, look for Jacky's seafood. Hopefully Jacky will be there to help you with your selection. We find him very nice and understanding. He does not hard sell here stuff like those people downstairs. Do order their sea urchin, quite nice. Step 3: if you wish to buy dry goods home after that, remember to negotiate the price. If you can sweet talk them in simple korean, they might give you a 25% discount. Hope that helps!!
Freshest fish in Busan! Tried some fish in the market and you can really taste the seawater. That's how fresh it is! Definitely a must try for seafood lovers. However, the local merchants are limited in English speaking ability but there are menus with pictures + English. It was an authentic Korean Seafood experience!
Expensive - you pay for the seafood plus the cooking service. The seafood is cheap but the taking of their seats upstairs plus cooking done for you is expensive. The drinks are too so don't ever order the drinks(small cans/bottles cost around 2000-3000 won). Just ask for water, it's supposed to be free. Just by having your butts up there costs about 20000 won for 4 persons. The cooking done for fish, crab, abalone is about 6000-8000 won each. The seafood is fresh and nice, but that's about the only upside of the place. If there is any other alternative, I would take it. But I didn't know of any other place, and I wanted fresh seafood, so this was where I went. Just brace yourself for the expensive costs.
To enjoy true bargain, you need to understand its system - decide what you want to eat first, then find the right seller(s) on the ground floor, choose your fish, ask the seller for a table on the upper floor, the shop on the upper floor will prepare the fish you bought from the seller. You need to pay extra for the table and drinks upstairs. Enjoy.
Jagalchi Fish Market is an awesome place to go for dinner. Buy fish or whatever you’re in the mood for from the fishmonger, he makes a call to one of the restaurants upstairs, someone with a bucket magically appears then disappears with the goods. Next an escort appears that will guide you to your table to get your grub on!!