Jagalchi Palengke Tour

It’s not something I do in the Philippines.  After all, just how clean and interesting do they get around here?  But when I’m overseas, I love visiting fish markets.  I like seafood and it’s the best place to satisfy my craving for the freshest catch.  And it’s also a great place to capture local color.

vendors outside Jagalchi
vendors outside Jagalchi

 

The view by the ocean.  The market lies near the hills of Gamcheon.
The view by the ocean. The market lies near the hills of Gamcheon.

 

We bought the catch from this ajumma, then had it cooked.  Dining was at the second floor.
We bought the catch from this ajumma, then had it cooked. Dining was at the second floor.

The Jagalchi Market in Busan, Korea’s largest, is a must-go for seafood lovers and photography enthusiasts.  It’s huge, clean, colorful, and strange.  Where else can you find penis fish?  Octopus that’s eaten live?

My friends and I bought oysters, abalone, live octopus, and some other fish that don’t swim in our tropical waters.  Our bill was half of what it’d cost us at Dampa in Pasay.

 

the penis fish
the penis fish

 

Yes, I took a bite of the octopus even if I’m allergic to the cephalod variety.  My friends loved it, but I’m sticking to stuff that don’t squiggle in my mouth.