It’s been a while since I posted any pictures of the seafood from this part of the world, so here’s a reminder – I wouldn’t like anyone to think that they no longer exist. The first four were taken within a few metres of each other in the fish market in Wando, at the southern tip of peninsular Korea and a three-hour ferry ride from Jeju. You’ll just have to imagine the smell.
And here’s one from the drying nets, arranged along the quayside, covered with fish and squid and catching the warm October sun. Naturally, the fish attract the flies as they dry but I’m sure they’ll be OK by the time they’re cooked.
We’ve just been away for four days, for the Chuseok holiday. Chuseok is the Korean mid-Autumn holiday, a harvest festival when people get together with their families and share a meal together. We took a trip to the mainland, the first time we’ve left Jeju since we arrived, and I’ll post some of my holiday photos over the next few days.
So, we took a ferry to Wando, a fishing town in the south west of Korea. The coast here is dotted with islands, sometimes interconnected with each other and the mainland by bridges. Indeed, Wando is on an island and we watched ferries come and go all the time as we ate lunch overlooking the harbour on our way back to Jeju today. There are all sorts of opportunities for exploration in the future.
As you can see, fishing is a big industry, and there were fish drying in the sun, and for sale in the shops and in the restaurants. It’s still very hot here and the skies have been mostly cloudless for the last few days, so it seems perfect weather to dry the seafood. It wasn’t only fish in Wando – in the flatter areas of land nearby there are large areas of rice, and poly-tunnels, as well as other agricultural products. Nothing goes to waste, it seems…