안녕하세요: Noryangjin Market & Yeouido

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Woke up rather early the next day for breakfast at Noryangjin Market, one of Korea's largest seafood markets where a person can find more than 830 kinds of seafood from clams to blue crabs and sea cucumbers available for wholesale and retail purchases. To get there, simply take Subway Line 1 or Line 9 to Noryangjin station, walk straight from Exit #1 and go through the underground walkway on your left to find Noryangjin Market on your left when you exit the passage.

The stalls are located on the ground floor, while there are restaurants on the second so visitors can purchase fresh seafood and get it sliced into sashimi or cooked in their preferred way at any one of the restaurants within the market. Since I have zero knowledge on choosing seafood, I just went up, ordered what I wanted like a normal patron. Not like I can finish a mega huge plate of salmon they sell anyway lol. In the restaurant, you'd see the shop-owners shouting down to the stalls directly for fresh catches so as to fulfill the orders they received. Quite interesting how things work.



After a satisfying meal to start the day with, I went back to the station and took Subway Line 9 to Saetgang, which is just one stop away. I would have chosen to walk the station in normal situations, but because Saetgang is part of Yeouido and that means a separate island that is connected only by subway and expressway, I decided that it would be too difficult and dangerous to do so after observing the roads for a while lol. Do note that some trains on Line 9 only stop at selected major stations, so if you are dropping at Saetgang, you will need to take the All-Stop Train.

Upon reaching Saetgang Station, I headed straight to Exit #1 for the free shuttle bus to 63 City. 63 City in Yeouido is considered one of Seoul's most well-known landmarks, and consists of a Sea World, a Wax Museum, an Art Museum and many more. I only went around for a while as I wanted to spend more time strolling Hangang River and Infinite Forest.



The Han River is a major river in South Korea dotted by numerous parks such as Hangang Park in Jamsil and Ttukseom along the embankments. By walking along the entire stretch of Hangang Park in Yeouido, I went by various Yeouido landmarks such as the 63 Building, the National Assembly as well as the headquarters of broadcasting stations KBS and MBC. Located within the KBS broadcasting station there is also a KBS Exhibition Hall which showcases the history and evolution of the Korean broadcasting industry. One can also observe TV production and radio programming live in the studio.



Overall, I wouldn't say Yeouido is a must-go location. Although the island has quite a number of attractions within walking distance to each other, it was more of a quantity over quality instance as the attractions were not very interesting or appealing on their own either. In all honesty, unless I am planning to take the river cruise that I missed this time round, or something new is developed in the area, I doubt I will be returning to the island in the near future. Which is why I left quite early and carried on my adventure at Hapjeong and Hongik University. Stay tuned!

So it's goodbye for now, Yeouido,
Yvette

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