Sunday, April 28, 2013

A visit to the Jagalchi Market in Busan, South Korea

One of my favorite things to do is to visit the markets of cities I visit. Whether is something more familiar like the Reading Terminal in Philadelphia or more exotic like the markets in Brasil, Sao Paulo (Mercado Municipale) and Belem (the Ver a Peso), or the giant flea market and food emporium of the Victoria Market in Melbourne, or the market in the Casco Viejo in Panama City, it's always fun and interesting.

One of the most fascinating - rivaled only by that of Belem - was the Jagalchi Market in Busan, South Korea.

In what seemed an area that went on for at least twelve city blocks, you found nearly every imaginable - and some unimaginable - sea foods. Crabs, sea cucumbers, sea squirts, a host of shellfish. Shark fins and whale were among the items that made me sad (along with the cuttlefish and octopus).

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