Noryangjin Wholesale Fish Market

A fishmonger (R) yawns as she stands at ...A fishmonger (R) yawns as she stands at her stall in the Noryangjin Wholesale Fish Market in Seoul early on July 4, 2013. Established in 1927, the Noryangjin Fish Market runs 24 hours a day and is the largest in Seoul. Selling flounder, sea bass, rockfish, king crab, abalone, octopus and oysters, among others, the market supplies most of the Seoul capital area which encompases the Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province to form the world's second largest metropolitan area with over 25.6†million people. Buyers spend almost one million US dollars daily attending raucous early morning auctions that pit wholesale buyers against each other as they vie for the days catch. A popular tourist destination, visitors can select fish which is then prepared, to be eaten raw, by various restaurants flanking some 700 stalls. On July 2 the Korean National Assembly amended its fisheries law to help curb illegal fishing by increasing penalties to a maximum of three times the value of the fish caught. AFP PHOTO / Ed JonesEd Jones/AFP/Getty Images

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A fishmonger yawns as she stands at her stall in the Noryangjin Wholesale Fish Market in Seoul early on Thursday. Established in 1927, the markets runs 24 hours a day and is the largest in Seoul. Read more