Where to Get the Freshest Fish in Seoul: Noryangjin Fish Market – Seoulistic

Recently, your homeboy Keith was able to go to Seoul’s famous Noryangjin Fish Market to eat some of the freshest fish in Seoul. If you like old school markets and good food, watch this video to see what to get, and how it works!

There are tons of vendors at Noryangjin Fish Market, so it’s a little difficult to choose. The best way is by price as bargaining is considered normal practice. Once you pick and pay for your seafood, the vendor will slice the fish/seafood for you and then lead you to a restaurant (if you don’t already have one in mind). Once there, you’ll get a seat and be able to order drinks, rice, and anything else you might need. The restaurant can also cook the food that needs to be cooked (for a small fee). It’s a fun experience to see the older and more rustic/back-alley side of Seoul.

Here are some of the items found in this video (and their prices!):

– 해삼 (haesam) – sea cucumber (20,000 won)
– 멍게 (meongge) – sea squirt (20,000 won)
– 광어회 (gwangeo hwe) – raw slices of flatfish (flounder/fluke??) (40,000 won)
– 킹 크랩 (king keuraep) – king crab (50,000 won)
– 매운탕  (maeuntang) – soup made from the remaining fish parts (5,000 won for cooking fee)

Have any questions? Interested in seeing other parts of Seoul in future videos? Feel free to leave a comment!

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. Oscar Lee says:

    NICE video and I believe you all are ahead of the trends! Can you believe NONE of my friends in Seoul would take me here? I like fancy places too but I really love “old school” places. RE: interested in seeing other parts of Seoul: may I suggest: 1) Amusement Park Lotte World or Water Park Carribean Bay when the weather heats up and 2) Seoul’s Eyeglasses Shops (best looking and biggest selection of frames in the world in my opinion) – like ALO but can you introduce others?

  2. Wee Lynn Teo says:

    A barrier-breaking video on how to get the most out of the fish market visit – good job! Now that’s service, when the fishmongers slice and prettily arrange the seafood for you. And that’s freshness – one moment it’s blowing bubbles in the tub, the next moment it’s filling your mouth with salty tastes.

  3. Judy says:

    Is it necessary to indicate that you want to eat the freshly purchased seafood at a nearby restaurant?

  4. ShuJun says:

    I saw many comments on the TripAdvisor that tourists get ripped off by the restaurants by paying the high cooking fee. Any tips on how to avoid that or recommendations of the restaurants that are not looking to rip off tourists? Im going in September and I want to visit the market for a great experience!

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