Adventures in East Asia

Albino Hedgehogs and more at Dongdaemun Market Aquarium Street

Within the massive area of Dondaemun Market, we stumbled across the "Aquarium Shopping Centre" which actually is just a street lined with pet shops. It was located along the Cheonggye Stream, on the north bank to the left of Dasangyo Bridge.


I was a little stunned by the amount of livestock crammed into cages and open-topped aquariums in this street. "Animal cruelty" came into mind, though I found myself checking my thoughts since apart from the volume, there were no other visible issues I noticed. Besides, I was in a culture foreign to my own.


The shops along the street all displayed stacked aquariums and cages. There were rabbits and chickens as well as puppies and kittens.

This place had a cage of albino hedgehogs as well as budgies in open-topped aquariums. Wings must have been clipped.


Though I've seen a few hamsters on sale in my life, I've never seen this many, piled into a plastic container.


There were also some hermit-crab-type crustaceans, some of whose shells were gaudily painted.


What do you think of these pet shop displays?

More photos of Dondaemun Market on Flickr.




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