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Mummy Gems
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
3 of us were there on a Thursday afternoon (1:30pm), it was rather quiet, not many customers.
There are many seafood stalls selling all kinds of seafood that you can imagine. The vendors were friendly and not pushy.
We bought our king crab(2.8kg, 70,000 won/kg) and a small squid(7,000 won) from a young man. He gave us 4 scallops and some clams for free (very fresh).

After the purchase, an ahjuma brought us to a restaurant (3rd floor). It was clean and service was good. We had the squid eaten as fresh(no handling charge). Scallops and clams (handling 3,500 won) were serve before the king crab(handling 21,000 won), it will take 30 mins to steam. At the end of the meal, we ask the ahjuma to make 2 portion of fried rice (3,000 won per potion) with the sauce of the crab. The restaurant will charge 3,000 won per pax for all the side dishes. All of us enjoy our lunch, we will be coming to this market for our very korea trip.
Written June 23, 2022
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Toni Z
Hong Kong, China121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visited the seafood, dried food, beef and kimchi sections.

Tried different kinds of shells. Clams were fresh.

Raw fish was above average. Abalone was not particularly fresh.

Beef was good.

We were introduced to a restaurant at the basement by the seafood store. Service was ok.

There was sort of a wholesale supermarket nearby with different kinds of sauces and spices in big containers. Price was cheap. Wish we could bring the whole store back. :)
Written January 26, 2020
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tour-birds
Singapore, Singapore300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Business
This is a sprawling warehouse type place with loads of live seafood on the ground floor. So many stalls and all very eager to get your business. You will need to speak Korean although some could manage some English. We selected a massive king crab and hamachi sashimi style. The vendor threw in abalone, conch, squid and octopus for free. What an experience!
After selecting the live seafood they would slaughter it to be wheeled to the upper floor restaurants to be cooked.
You determine how it is done.
The experience is very similar to Noryanjin except I find Garak to be closer to the authentic experience. Definitely worth a try.
Written December 20, 2022
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CanisHan
Seoul, South Korea24,002 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
C ( 22.04.13 )
This fish market is one of big fish market in Seoul, and renovated in recent years to modern system. There was many fish shop in 1F, and could eat seafood that was bought 1F at 3F for cooking. There was many fish shops, and had various seafood for sale. The modern market was good to enjoy fish shopping.
Written April 17, 2022
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Roger___H13
New York City, NY16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
Family of four visiting the Garak market for a supposedly fun day. However, upon entering, it turned out to be the worst day of our trip.

Starting from the entrance, fish mongers block and hassle your every step. They badger, touch, and grab as you walk by their stalls. I've seen pushy sales people before, but this was just wrong.

One particularly aggressive, red-faced fish monger accused us of accepting to buy his fish. We did nothing of the sort - mind you, we were using a Korean phrasebook - but as we started to walk away, he ran over and grabbed me. I shook him off and started to walk away. Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, one of his workers - a crazed old lady in her 60's went ballistic and started swearing at us. I'm not sure if she was drunk or insane, but as we walked away she followed us for about 200 feet cursing and yelling at us. When we turned and attempted to calm her down, she went ballistic and hit my wife with a closed fist on her arm and then hit me on the back as I tried to shield my wife from the assault.

My children (7 years old) started crying and then the crazed lady actually hit me again! I was a little stunned, but by this time, there was a large crowd of other fish mongers who started to gather around us. I really didn't feel safe after having noticed a couple of the fish mongers holding large knives! I grabbed my wife and kids and beat a hasty retreat to the exit.

Outside, we called the police. BTW, the police emergency number in Korea is 112.

When the police arrived, we went back in with the police and confronted the crazed lady. She admitted to hitting us. However, - get this - the police basically said this was the culture in fish markets in Korea!

Wow! Just wow!

We called the US consulate and left a report. Here's the number 2397-4114.

Moral of the story: If you are a foreigner and don't mind getting roughed up in a market and having unprofessional police who provide no protection and think its just a big joke, go to Garak Market.

Otherwise, avoid like the plague.
Written July 9, 2017
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MissHK2009
Hong Kong, China3,898 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
It needs a bit of walk from the nearest metro station (same name Garak Market) which station is not at city centre where the actions are taken (50 mins from Jongno-gu station). We need to walk through some openair wholesale vegetables and fruits markets before reaching this seafood market

But the walk is worthy. We bought and bargained for fresh seafood including King crab, scallops, clams, abalones etc. They were kind enough to give us some more seafood for free.

The raw seafood were steamed on the spot at the market on ground floor where we bought but served on upper floor inside a restaurant. Sat on floor/ tatami which was a challenge to me.

There are some extra charges for the dishes of kimchi. We ate much to our satisfaction and price was only about USD 100.

We will be back!
Written July 26, 2019
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Shelby A
Cedar Rapids, IA457 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
My husband and I were staying at an AirBNB close to Garak Market so we decided to check it out. We did not buy anything but the people working were really hustling for you to buy something. You couldn't even really look around without them trying to sell their produce in a very pushy manner. There also is a strong language barrier, so I'd suggest bringing a friend along that can help translate for you.
Written November 6, 2018
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Yusihn
Kanazawa, Japan71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
There are three seafood markets in Seoul, Garak Market is the one far from city center at the south of the river. This was picked for my dining option after visiting Common Ground, which is along the way of subway.
Having done some online research, despite Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market is the most famous market, many feedbacks are negative for the extra high price for tourists and there are occasions report on fraud.
Garak Market has an official website with price per kg of seafood listed which made things more easy.
There are very few tourists, I went to a restaurant upstairs first, where I seeked the staff to go with me shop for seafood downstairs. The food are delicious. King crab and fish soup are must try.
Written April 22, 2018
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Bruce W
Hong Kong, China35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016
This place isn't exactly close to the city but it is close to an outlet street and Lotte mart (both near Garak station) as well as Lotte World (the theme park situated in another station nearby). The market is huge and I got a bit lost when I got out of metro. The exit which is closest to the market has closed so I just got out of the station following the sign. It was so new and nice when I saw a building with the seafood signboard. I entered and I was like.... what the..... there was only 2 shops with live seafood and further down there was 1 shop that sells traditional Korean preserved food..... all the rest of the place has ponds of running water with NOTHING in it. I was like oh crap (originally thinking of crab), I took 40mins of train to a market with nothing?! I didn't eat in the seafood restaurant (one area with different vendors I guess... all in Korean, illegible for me) next to it. I know there should be wholesale fruit market too so may as well as just take a look.... After about 10mins walk I found another fish market, which was the ORIGINAL Garak market!!! The place feels a lot more like a fish market with all those smells of salty and fishery smell. Before I came here I visited blogs recommending one shops. They all look almost identical but glad that there is a different number on top of each stores. I walked around and managed to found it. The reason I look for this shop is because the blogger mentioned that he can speak Chinese. I doubt anyone here can communicate in English in a local fish market... particularly hard to ask for something.... The guy is very nice and gave me some freebies after I selected a small size crab. I asked him to take me a place where they will do the cooking for a fee. I'm glad he was there as I was too early (10:30am) and none of the shops were officially start doing business yet. He helped me out to request to cook for me. I bought 90,000w for the crab and the food processing fee was 12,000w only (i had to pay an extra 2,000 (I think) as they charge a fixed fee of 2,000 per person starting from 2 persons).

P.S. This place will be moving to the empty seafood market I mentioned in the beginning this year (I think May or June 2016). It will be cleaner and closer to the metro station. Hopefully, the price for seafood remains the same.
Written April 21, 2016
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Roland S
Vienna, Austria265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
discover, enjoy and taste the freshness of garak fishmarket; u will see nearly all types of sea foods from live pufferfish to dried flying fish; clean, busy and absolut the trip worth from seoul city center (jongnu) or gangnam - easiest to reach by orange metro line number 3 till garak market station. Enclosed u will also find meat and veggie market :)
Written March 3, 2019
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