Photographer's Note

This market runs right next to Pusan Harbor. It actually has two main sections: one for fresh seafood, another for dried seafood. The name of the area comes from Jagal (small rocks) and ch'i (a pure Korean word describing villages next to the seashore). Originally, the area had many small rocks. In modern times, a wharf has been built and much of the area is concrete and lined with buildings, so no trace of the namesake remains.

The western setion of the market mainly deals with live and freshly caught seafood. Fish and shellfish are caught daily and sold fresh to consumers, almost right off the boat. The area is lined with tanks containing all sorts of fish, eels, squid, shellfish, and mollusks. Some areas have workers preparing the seafood for long term storage. You can watch as the fish get scaled, beheaded, chopped up, and dumped in a box of ice, all in record time.

The eastern part of the market is dedicated to dried seafood. This is Korea's largest wholesale market for dried fish and seafood. You one can find dried squid, octopus, seaweed, anchovies, pollack, and codfish brought from all over the peninsula.

The ajumas (married women) who work in the Jagalchi Fish Market are a very tough breed. Although they are kind inside, it does not always show through their strong exterior. They work hard doing the dirty work of cleaning and processing the seafood, while still being strongly devoted to their families. The ajumas are responsible for building up the area into its present form.

The 6-story Shindonga Market has many fresh seafood restaurants. The surrounding area has many pochang machas and stalls which serve raw and cooked seafood.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Kris Verhoeven (verswe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 3 N: 1206] (7330)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-11-10
  • Categories: Food
  • Camera: Nikon P7100
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/800 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-04-25 12:20
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