Seoul Trip November 2012 Day 8

November 19, 2012  •  1 Comment

Monday.

We went off this morning to visit a park with old royal burial mounds, only to find that it was closed on Mondays. The rest of the morning was spent shopping at the COEX Mall in Gangnam.

Late this afternoon Sam took us to the Noryangjin Fish Market where you can buy seafood then have it cooked for you. On the way to the fish market we passed these market stalls. (Click the images for a larger version).

 

The fish market has a huge number of individual stall holders selling almost anything you can find in the sea - much of it alive. Koreans like their seafood fresh. Here are some rays.

Rays

 

These are sea cucumbers and, yes they are to eat.

Sea cucumbers

In the image below, the large barrels contain small dried shrimp. The small drums in front contain a disgusting looking slush that is probably a local delicacy.

Fish market stall

 

We decided on some King Crab and prawns that we bought from this stall holder. Yes the crab is alive.

Fish market stall holder with crab

And here is the crab after it has been cooked and broken up. We're sitting on the floor at low tables. We find this very difficult and uncomfortable.

BYO (food) restaurant

 

After our meal we had a look at the new IFC mall shopping centre. You can see all three levels in this image.

IFC Mall Seoul

IFC Mall


Comments

1.Sue(non-registered)
I'll assume that you will never try the local delicacy. I think that that is a good thing :)

Most of the rest looks terrific Alan. Glad you're having such a good time.

You'd think that they could afford a chair or two in the markets? Obviously to cater for us tourists who have shocking knees and can't flatten them to get under the tables. Enjoy the culture, savor the difference and be thankful we have chairs
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