This weekend Seoul Secrets took a trip to the Noryangjin neighbourhood, which we’ll also refer to as NRG for short. Noryangjin’s biggest claim to fame is it’s traditional fish market, and of course no trip here would be complete without checking it out! But there is more to this area than just the fish market, so Seoul Secrets felt it was time to put NRG in the spotlight!
As it’s Spring in Seoul, everyone is searching and talking about the cherry blossoms blooming..and NRG is a surprisingly unglamorous yet great spot to see this seasonal wonder! So now is the time to check it out! As well as its streets lined with cherry blossom trees there is also some great restaurants, cafes and an awesome ‘Seoul Secret skyline night view spot’.
To get to NRG take Subway Line 1 and Exit 1 (there is only 1 Exit for this station). All of featured spots are shown on the map above. First lets check out the famous fish market:
After taking Exit 1 look to your left, you will see a staircase that leads to a crossing over the train tracks. Follow this path and head towards the 3 big buildings in the distance, once you have crossed the tracks you will reach a rooftop car park, walk diagonally across the car park and descend the stairs into the market below.
Opening in 1927 Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market is one of Korea’s largest seafood markets offering hundreds of types of fish and seafood. A truly memorizing experience visiting this bustling place, from the sounds, the lights the smell a true sensory overload! This cornerstone of Seoul’s fish marketing industry as well as tourism has come under an identity crisis of late, as the wave of modernization continues to wash throughout Seoul the powers that be see it time for this crumbling building to give way to a more modern development, a whooping 520 billion won construction located adjacent to this market. The vendors are not leaving without a fight so check this place out before it maybe lost to the archives.
To eat here simply purchase the seafood of your choice and make your way to the second floor, hand them your bag of seafood and they will cook it up for you along with delicious side dishes.
Once you’re finished at the fish market head back towards the station, cross the main road and walk to the left, keep walking till you reach Olive Young store on the right hand corner, this is the beginning of NRG cherry blossom street.
As you walk up the hill you will come across this great restaurant on your right hand side, enjoy anything from samgyetang, pajeon and makgeolli and most famously the oysters! A charming and authentic restaurant in the heart of the neighbourhood. We’ll let the pictures do the talking:
Continue up the hill and follow the road to the right, cross at the intersection keeping the white picket fence to your left, keep walking till there is a break in the fence, follow the path and walk across the car park, at this point you will see Moko Coffee in the distance.
Moko Coffee is quaint coffee shop, nestled in a mostly residential area. This small yet bright coffee shop shines through the darkness, inviting you in. Serving great coffee at reasonable prices, with a welcoming outside space. Not the largest of coffee shops so would suggest getting a take away for the journey to the night spot.
After you’ve grabbed your take away coffee head back to the main intersection at the top of the hill, cross the road and follow this road as it meanders through the neighbourhood, keep walking with small park area to your left, keep ascending with a large brick wall on your right.
As the hill seems to begin peaking take the path to the right, follow the path round to the right, as you keep walking you will see signs for the ‘Scenic attractions of Seoul’. Follow the signs past an outdoor gym area and and you will be greeted by the wooden swing chair above.
Here you can take in this beautiful view of Seoul, highly recommend coming here at night with a beer or even a bottle of wine! Enjoy!