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Jagalchi Fish Market Busan

Fish Market

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Jagalchi Sea Food Market.

This is the wonder of Busan in South Korea . Busan is the second largest city of South Korea after the capital Seoul. The Jagalchi sea food market is the jewel in the crown of this famous port city . Known for it’s cargo ship’s and port’s this the trading hub of Korea and connect’s it to the world .
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Jagalchi is a huge market and one can get all kind’s of fish and other delicacies here.From trout to salmon to star fish . Crab’s , shrimps , lobsters , trurtels and oysters .This market has variety like no other .The other amazing thing to see are the eels which float around in plastic tray’a and glass aquarium’s used to store them . Water is available in large quantities as fountain’s , pipes , tap’s and bubbles are used to keep the fish alive and fresh . The market is very clean and does not smell at all , like other fish market’s .
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I strolled around the market taking pictures and enjoyed haggling with the shop keepers . The array and quality of fish was exceptional .The storage and packaging was A class. Crab’s were over flowing and some even dropped on the ground and ran helper shelter causing a pandaemonium at times .It seemed the whole of Busan shopped here and everyones need’s were being catered too in this market . mY korean driver Wu was not very keen to enter the market and stayed back .” I am allergic to fish sir “ he said i will just walk outside , you enjoy the place . Not very far from the bUsan Beach this market was a real delight and one of the wonders of Korea . It is part of the CMM Travel’s top 50 places to see in South Korea and now after seeing it i realise why . Just the very space and canvass of the fish Market want’s you to dive into your bowl of prawn curry.
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Near by the market are restaurant’s that serve delightful recipes made out of the fish .I had worked up an appetite and was now ready to enjoy the fish . I had trout and baked salmon for lunch along with roster oysters with saki (Japanese liquor). I burped like hell but the food was light and my tummy was feeling just right . I had a multi coloured purple ice cream for dessert and then instructed Wu to march on , in our quest to discover this wonder-us country.

Posted by Anuj Tikku 21:57 Archived in South Korea Tagged fish market korea Comments (0)

Blazing Around South Korea - A Road Trip

South Korea

Blazing Around South Korea - A Road Trip

So here i was in Seoul at last spent a few days with Hyun and did some sight seeing of the city . But i had to cover the country and see the country as a whole . I figured out that the best way to do it would be to take a road trip around the country . I went on googol and bang got a list of the top 50 places to visit in Korea as per the CNN Travel guide . I approached a local tabour operator and said i wanted to cover at least 20 of these places in the next ten days . Wallah by the evening an itinerary was prepared . I did some haggling and we fixed price of 4070000 won for the whole trip .It was to be a private tour with my own van and driver , motel charges were included . I had to pay for my food and entry tickets to all the places i was to visit . The tour would start at 9:00 am every morning and end at 4:00 pm .The motels were a bit cheap around 50 dollars a night but who was complaining i got the opportunity to cover a lot of Korean cities . Like Busan , Namwon , Bosung , Suncheon and Syreyange.

I strolled around Nami Island a utopian island full of wild flowers , Ostrich and a music hall which played popular korean songs and exhibited the best of korean popular music culture . I trekked up Juknokwon Bamboo garden and explored it’s wild beauty . Here i got myself a portrait made , the artist was of course korean and he made me look like a oriental rather then an indian . I framed the photo and kept it as a souvenir . I tasted the amazing korean ice cream green , pink and purple in colour all exotic flavours .

Then their was Naganeupseone Folk village , where i saw folk dances and flute play in the authentic korean style . For lunch i tried Kimchi the korean dish made from noodles soup and vegetables . Language is a bit of a barrier outside seoul but one can get by . I was sitting at a french caffe in Busan when i abruptly murmured the words konichiwa to the waitress . A young korean walked unto me and said in an heavy american accent “ Hey thats Japanese mate , i don't mean to be rude mate , but you should try the new google translate app , you can speak to it and it will translate into any language you want .” I was wiser now and will use this app for my further travels. I tried roast beef Korean style with wine at the garden of morning calm.

Korean’s are an interesting lot their culture is a mix of American Japanes and Chinese . The buddhist faith prevails and dominates this country and they are for ever in battle with North Korea . I went to the Haeundae Beach where i took off most of my clothes to jump into the sea . I was asked to wear beach wear if i wanted to swim , it is a special transparent t shirt with shorts , koreans are a bit shy taking of their clothes . But i could not care less and jumped in just with my underwear on.

The beauty of the Han River the wild mountains of the suburbs and the many bridges and highways of the country made me feel tizzy at times as our van moved from one city to another . A road trip indeed is the best way to get a good idea of a country and it’s culture and i will do this again during my travelthon to other nations.

The people and society is very cultured people bow their heads to say yellow , the month of August has been very hot though and many use umbrella’s and paper fan;s yo escape the heat . korea is also the most weird country internet and wi fi is available very where and the access is easy and fast . My road trip ends in three days but the Korean people have left a mark on me . I have enjoyed their hospitality and taken a peek into their way of living.

Posted by Anuj Tikku 03:36 Archived in South Korea Tagged korea roadtrip Comments (0)

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