While the rest of Seoul sleeps, hundreds of fishermen, restaurant owners and marine wholesalers are together on the 66 000 square meter concrete floor of the Noryangjin Fish Market.
Korea is a country of seafood lovers, and has an insatiable appetite for things from the ocean. From seaweed to squid jerky, if it comes from the water it is probably eaten here. And being surround on three sides by the East China Sea, the Yellow Sea, and the Sea of Japan, means there is an abundant supply. From 15 fishing ports around the country, the biggest and best that Korean fishermen can catch are brought to the Noryangjin market to be sold at auction.
In a frenzy of activity between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., around 400 tonnes of seafood are sold every day in the market, which is open 365 days a year. An amazing place of both vibrant life and systematic death, the Noryangjin Fish Market is worth staying up all night for.