Yeosu’s traditional markets and fish markets are mostly gathered in one place, around the Yeondeungcheon Stream in Gyo-dong. Gyodong Market, Seo Market, Fish Market, Seafood Specialty Market, and Jungang Market are popular markets for locals and tourists. Most of the Yeosu markets are characterized by a high proportion of seafood. Fresh fish, dried fish, salted fish, fresh kimchi, and other items that travelers love can be easily bought at the markets. Each market has restaurants selling local food, so you can enjoy shopping and food together.

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    Gyodong Market

    Gyodong Market, located near Yeosu Coastal Passenger Terminal, is a traditional market with a long history that began in 1965. As it is adjacent to the passenger terminal, it is a place where fresh seafood caught in the sea off Yeosu is gathered. Although it is mainly a seafood market, it sells a variety of products such as vegetables, fruits, and meat. It is open as a morning market and is only open from 5 am to 2 or 3 pm. In the evening, there is a Pungmul Street Night Market. Try the local food, seafood samhap (fermented hongeo skate, kimchi and steamed pork), at the night market. Samhap, which is stir-fried with pork and aged kimchi accompanied by seafood such as fermented skate, pen shell scallops, jumbo shrimps and octopus, is a good accompaniment to beverages. You can enjoy late-night meals relatively quietly compared to the romantic food stalls.

    Location: 15-10, Gyodongsijang 1-gil, Jungang-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 4 am to 3 pm

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    Yeosu Seo Market

    A traditional market located across the Yeondeungcheon Stream from Gyodong Market, which sells seafood, agricultural products, clothing and daily necessities. Although Gyodong Market opens at dawn, it seems to get quiet in the afternoon, before people suddenly start to gather. There are over 600 shops and street vendors drawing crowds. The food plaza of Seo Market is also a popular spot for tourists, and popular menu items include sashimi, tripe hotpot, pork trotters, seafood pancakes, handmade burgers, and fish cakes. On the days ending on the 4th and 9th, a 5-day market is also open, so you can feel the rich atmosphere of the traditional market.

    Location: 16-6, Jwasuyeong-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 6am to 8pm, (24/7)

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    Yeosu Fish Market

    There are two fish markets specializing in seafood around Yeosu Gyodong Market. Yeosu Fish Market and Yeosu Market Specializing in Seafood Opened in 1968, Yeosu Fish Market is an old market that has been selling seafood to Yeosu citizens and tourists for over 50 years. After a fire in 2017, it was remodelled, and now it looks very neat. Live fish, fresh fish, dried fish and shellfish. In addition to seafood such as dried fish, they also sell salted fish, kimchi, and vegetables. You can buy sashimi on the first floor and pay for the table setting in a restaurant on the second floor.

    Location: 24, Yeogaekseonterminal-gil, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 7am to 2pm, (24/7)

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    Yeosu Fishery Specific Market

    Near Yeosu Fish Market, there is Yeosu Fishery Specific Market, which modernized the old Gyodong Fish Market. It is a three-story building dedicated to seafood. When it was designated as a shopping and food establishment for tourists during the 2012 Yeosu World Expo, it was further developed. They sell live fish, fish and shellfish, king crab, dried fish, kimchi and salted seafood. You can buy sashimi at the stores on the 1st floor and pay for the table setting in the restaurants on the 2nd floor. As it is located on the beach, you can see Yeosu Port, Jinnamgwan and Dolsan Bridge at a glance.

    Location: 60-31, Namsan-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 8 pm

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    Dokkaebi Traditional Market

    Dokkaebi Traditional Market in Hak-dong got its name from the fact that the market opens and disappears just like a goblin is said to have appeared around this area in the past. It is a relatively small market that sells household goods, mainly dried fish and seafood. In this rather quiet market, there are many simple restaurants commonly found in traditional markets, selling pork trotters, pork soup, chicken, mandu (dumplings), steamed anglerfish and meat.

    Location: 18, Hakdongseo 5-gil, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 7 pm

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    Yeosu Specialty Products Store

    You can find the main specialties of Yeosu in one place at the Yeosu Specialty Products Store, located in the Fishing Port Complex in Bongsan-dong. You can purchase agricultural and marine products such as kimchi, gejang (marinated fresh raw crabs), salted fish, fish sauce, anchovies, fish and dried fish. The most popular product is kimchi, and there are many varieties such as Dolsan mustard leaf kimchi, Godeulppaegi (hawksbeard plant) kimchi, green onion kimchi and Napa cabbage kimchi. Only domestic seasonings are used and no MSG is added, so they have a clean taste. Seasoned gejang, soy sauce gejang, salted sea urchin, salted cutlassfish and salted octopus are also popular items.

    Location: 30-12, Bongsannam 9-gil, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

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