Gyodong Market first began in 1965 as a temporary market where merchants and customers gathered to sell or buy fish caught in the sea of Yeosu. The permanent fish market was established following the completion of Dolsandaegyo Bridge in December 1984 and grew into a large-scale market almost one kilometer long.
A specialty of the southwest seas surrounding Yeosu, seodae is a flat-shaped fish that has a clean and soft flavor. It is prepared in a variety of ways and can be enjoyed raw, steamed, boiled in soy sauce, fried, or stewed. But above all, the sweet-and-sour flavored Seodae-hoe-muchim is a special dish that used to be served as part of Surasang (a table setting for a king), and will stimulate your appetite.
Seodae-hoe-muchim is sliced raw seodae fish mixed with various seasonings, vegetables, and vinegar. This delicacy of Yeosu uses natural vinegar made from makgeolli (rice wine) that has been fermented for at least a year, so it has a very deep and rich taste.
Gyodong Market is characterized by dynamically changing market scenes. At 1:00 a.m., while the rest of Korea is asleep, the market begins its day with a morning auction. After the auction closes, the market is opened by wholesalers at 4:00 am, and after the sun is up, it starts to be crowded with local residents and travelers.