One of my first trips outside of Seoul was all the way down to Pusan in early 1991. My friend and colleague Ken Celmer, who had made the same trip the year before wanted to take the same trip again and I joined him.

I have an essay about this trip in Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm and mention this famous fish market.

It was a bitterly cold day when Ken and I were there and one of the first things he wanted to do was tour the fish market as well as hire a fisherman for a few hours to take us on a boat ride around the harbor. When the skipper of the skiff got too close to some fishing trawlers, Ken and I got a little nervous.

Later, to warm up, we ate some spicy fish soup which included the head of the fish in a spicy chigae (stew) concoction.