P'ohang Things to Do
While Jukdo might not be as big or as famous as Jagalchi Market in Busan, the flip side of that is that Jukdo does not have lots of foreigners walking around. You can easily get up close and personal with the locals and their catch.
But also, being that the locals are not accustomed to foreigners walking the market, they typically do not resort to the pressure-sales tactics that other tourist traps employ.
There are countless shops in the bazaar, from fish to household goods. There are also countless fish and seafood restaurants to choose from. The market is easily a few hours tour by foot.
Located in the heart of Jukdo Market, it is unmistakably a seafood restaurant. I went there with some local friends because, firstly they knew how to find it and secondly because they said it is a famous restaurant in Pohang.
It might be a bit of a maze to navigate through to find it, but the journey is half the fun!
Favorite Dish: All is very good here. If you are adventurous, you can have anything you want. I recommend going with a Korean-speaking friends if you can, otherwise you might not get exactly what you want. The HaeBap and octopus are great, as are the various seafood starter dishes that will cover the table!
P'ohang Warnings and Dangers
The whaling industry is officially banned, but that does not mean that it does not still exist. Koreans very much like the taste of whale meat and use the oils for various things. Therefore, just the same as the dog markets, there are a few whale meat vendors lurking in the background.
This photo is not actually of a whale carcass, but that of a dogfish. A dog fish is a huge, ugly fish whose skin and fat closely resembles that of a whale's. But red flags do not need to be raised just yet.
My friends in Pohang did tell me that whale meat can be found, but only if you know where to look for it. As a warning, just do what you can to be an informed consumer and try not to add popularity to the trend.