The Fish Market


Noryangjin Fish Market

When you come to South Korea, you have to experience Sannakji at a local fish market. Sannakji is a very famous dish in these fisheries where you eat a live octopus! Yes, I know it sounds unappetizing and not something most people would try….

I tried it for the first time, and at first, I was not very excited about eating a live octopus, but I decided to give it a go since it was an experience. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I did not eat the octopus when it was living; I opted for sashimi instead. The octopus was chewy and I could feel the tentacles stick to my teeth, but I just kept on chewing. They serve it with sesame oil, gochujang (Korean spicy chili paste), lettuce leaves, garlic, and soy bean paste. I recommend the sesame oil and Sannakji because it had a nice nutty taste and smell that masks the octopus’s raw smell.

Lady holding the live octopus

Lady holding the live octopus


Hello everyone! My name is Lila and I am a sophomore Accounting and Finance double major at Smith. I am going to Seoul, South Korea through the Global Entrepreneurship Semester at Yonsei University where I will be studying and interning abroad. I always knew that I would travel abroad because I am passionate about diversity, culture and language. I will be in South Korea for 6 months, and I hope to share my experiences with all of you!

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