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Jagalchi Festival

The colourful entrance to Jagalchi Market
Photo courtesy of Korean National Tourism Organisation
Oct 2009 (annual)
Link: Busan Jagalchi Festival Website
Koreans indulge their love of fish, one of their main staple foods, at the Busan Jagalchi Festival in the incredible Jagalchi fish market. Visitors can see and sample fish that they've never heard of before, surrounded by cooks creating some of the finest Korean food.
A parade to the market marks the opening of the festival, while on the night before the Yongwang and P'ung-o rituals seek to ensure a good catch and the well-being of the fishing crews for the festival.

Visitors can try catching a fish with their bare hands, although most consider the real treat to be eating them, raw or cooked in Korean style. Cruises go out to nearby islands if you need a break from all that salty entertainment!
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