Masan Fish Market formed in 1760 … currently some 1,200 stores thrive
“Come to Masan Fish Market which abounds in various dishes including flounder in spring and gizzard in autumn as well as visual attractions and gives off warming human touch as it holds joys and sorrows of grassroots.
Masan Fish Market is Korea’s largest fisheries distribution market as well as one of the major traditional markets in the country, which takes up a site astraddle Dongseong-dong, Namseong-dong, Odong-dong, and Sinpo-dong in Masan-Happo-gu. Especially, with a 250-year history stretching from the late Joseon period up until now, the market has commanded such a countrywide reputation that it’s practically impossible to bump into a single person who doesn’t know it.
Masan Fish Market spontaneously formed in 1760 when jochang (‘tax grain storage’) was installed in Masan-po (‘port’) in Changwon-bu (‘city’).
Following the installation of Masan-chang, the tax grain storage, Changwon mayor placed officials and tax grain boat crew, and as one village after another formed around the tax grain storage, the market took shape. With the opening of Masan-po in 1899, foreign industrial products arrived and formed the mainstay for the region’s economy.
Considering the statement that “Masan-po had as many as 130 brokers which performed the role of today’s fisheries coop union,”, as recorded in Mangiyoram which summarized financial and military affairs from the late 18th century to the early 19th century, Masan Market apparently flourished from its formation.
With its size expanded through several landfilling operations at Masan Port, Masan Fish Market stands on a site of 140,000㎡ between Haeandae-ro and Happo-ro which stretches from the public parking in front of a globefish restaurant in Dongseong-dong, Masan-Happo-gu to Lotte Department Store Masan in Sinpo-dong 2-ga, and provides for the livelihood of some 1,200 merchants.
By business type, the market has about 400 stores and street stalls that deal in fisheries such as live fish, fresh fish, dried fish, and shellfish, which largest group is followed by farm products, neighborhood living services, eateries, retail, processed food, livestock, and medical clinics.
So, visitors to the market has one-stop access to everything from shopping for farm and fishery products, dining alone or in groups at raw fish eateries, leisure activities, and treatment at hospitals.
Furthermore, Masan Fish Market is firing on all cylinders to attract more tourists with its management focusing on customer satisfaction, which operates through setting up an arcade, staging the ‘customers as our lifeline’ campaign, installing customer support center and public parking, and running merchant college.
Masan Fish Market is surrounded with visual attractions, enjoyments, and food such as Agujjim Alley, Globefish Alley, Chang-dong Art Village, Burim Market, and Masan Port Coastal Cruise, so visitors can enjoy the best available single-day tour.