“₩40,000 per kilo. Every restaurant same price…” is the common refrain of staff outside their restaurants as we were walking along the crammed streets of Gijang Market. Big signboards with crab motifs and tanks of live crabs makes it abundantly clear what’s you’re here for.
Gijang market is about 20 mins from Yonggungsa temple which we visited in the morning. You can’t miss it as colorful billboards of giant crabs adorn every street corner.
Lining the streets are outdoor vendors displaying their catch of the day. You’ll find live seafood and crustaceans, fresh fish, and an assortment of live crabs prominently displayed in huge tanks. Vendors selling cutlass were having a busy day as the cutlass fish are highly sought after by locals during autumn months for their exquisite taste.
Prices here are purportedly lower than that of the Korea’s largest seafood market, Jagalchi Market, as competition here is keener among the restaurants. The caveat is that you need to go around to check prices and do a little bargaining. We had a 3.1Kg king crab for ₩100,000 which works out to ₩32,258 per Kg. The crabs are usually steamed in a big pot and shown to you before they are cut into pieces. Crab roe from the shell are then infused with steam rice to complement the crab.