Yeosu is a port city on South Korea’s East China Sea coast. A breakwater links the port to Odongdo Island, home to red camellia blossoms and a lighthouse with an observatory. On Dolsando Island, Dolsan Park has views of Dolsandaegyo Bridge. It also has the Maritime and Fisheries Science Museum, with an aquarium of turtles. At the island's southern tip is the clifftop Hyangiram Hermitage, an ancient Buddhist temple.
YEOSU EXPO MARINE PARK
Expo Ocean Park offers waterfront walking paths for strolls along the sea. Visitors can also take part in dynamic marine leisure sports programs or watch the multimedia BIG-O Show. In addition, the establishment offers facilities such as exhibition halls and seminar rooms that can hold both international and small scale meetings or events.
The Sky Tower Observatory presents the panoramic view over the Expo venue at the giddy height of 67m, with the beautiful melody from the biggest pipe organ in the world harmonizes with the sea breeze of Yeosu.
Address: 1, Bangnamhoe-gil, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
YEOSU MARINE CABLE CAR
The first ocean cable car in Korea that connects the islands with the land over the sea, runs 1.5km as linking Yeosu Dolsan to Jasan Park. It operates a total of 50 cabins, 10 crystal cabins (5 seats each) with a transparent floor, and 40 general cabins (8 seats each). The unimpaired view of the Daedohae and the nightscape of Yeosu sea around the Expo venue and Odongdo are superb. The sunset of Yeosu from the cable car will be an unforgettable memory that will last forever due to the astonishing scenery.
Address: 3600-1, Dolsan-ro, Dolsan-eup, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
YEOSU MARINE RAIL BIKE
The Yeosu 3.5-km-long marine rail bike runs on the coastal railway with the tunnel section. About 50 rail bikes secure stability and comfort. It can also accommodate several people at the same time. There is no shortage in carrying out various events including company workshops, school excursions, and experience programs as well as individual trips and family trips.
Address: 187, Mangyang-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
YEOSU HANWHA AQUA PLANET
The Hanwha Aqua Planet Yeosu opened in 2012 along with the 'EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea', is the second-largest in Korea and is the landmark of the southern region with over 1 million visitors every year. You can commune with 34,000 marine creatures in total 280 species including white whale Beluga, the rare and endangered species in the world, and Baikal Seals.
By interacting with marine life, you can enjoy the greatest pleasure attainable through the coexistence of humans and nature.
Address: 61-11, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
YEOSU HYANGIRAM HERMITAGE
Hyangiram Hermitage (Cultural Property Material No. 40) is one of four Buddhist hermitages in Korea where the faithful come to pray. The temple contains Daeungjeon Hall, Gwaneumjeon Hall, Chilseonggak Pavilion, Dokseodang House, and Chwiseongru Pavilion, all of which are well preserved. Camellias and subtropical plants surround the Bawibong Peak and Geumosan Mountain. The mountain path to Hyangiram Hermitage is very steep and it is one of the exciting mountain courses of Korea.
Address: 60, Hyangiram-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
The temple was established to pray for the country to flourish. Located on Yeongchwisan Mountain, Heunaguksa was founded by Bojo Guksa in 1195.
Within the compound are other buildings including Wontongjeon, Palsangjeon and Daeungjeon (Main Hall). The temple’s main hall (Treasure 396) is open in its structure and equipped with traditional Korean doors. A Buddhist painting named Hubultaenghwa is designated as Treasure No. 578. At the entrance to the temple is a rainbow-shaped stone bridge called Honggyo Bridge (Treasure No. 563), which is widely known as a distinguished work of art.
Address: 160, Heungguksa-gil, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Website: www.여수흥국사.kr (Korean, English)
Jinnamgwan Hall (National Treasure No. 304) is located at the site of the Jeolla Province naval base during the Joseon dynasty. This is where Admiral Yi Sun-sin commanded his forces during the Imjin War (1592-1598). The original building burned down near the end of the war, and Admiral Yi Sun-sin's successor, Yi Si-eon, constructed Jinnamgwan Hall, a large government officer guesthouse at the site in 1599.
It is the largest single-story goverment building from the Joseon dynasty in the region. Nearby attractions include Jasan Park, Odongdo Island, Dolsan Bridge, Chungminsa Shrine, and Manseongni Beach.
Address: 11, Dongmun-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Nestled at the foot of Maraesan Mountain (alt. 385.2 m), Chungminsa Temple (Historic Site No. 381) was built by Lee Sieon (unknown - 1624), and was commissioned by Lee Hangbok (1556-1618) after the Japanese Invasion upon King Seonjo's (1601) command. The shrine was forced to be demolished by Japan in 1919, and only two sections remained. In 1947, they were then rebuilt by local residents in the end. It was designated as Historical Site No. 381 on June 1, 1993.
Address: 52-23 Chungminsa-gil, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
YEOSU EXPO STATION
Yeosu Station began operations on December 25, 1930 as an ordinary station on the new railway connecting Gwangju and Yeosu. Later, the site was used as a venue for Yeosu World Expo, so the station was moved to Deokchung-dong and renamed as Yeosu Expo Station on October 1, 2011.
Address: 2, Mangyang-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
YEOSU SPECIALTY SEAFOOD MARKET
Yeosu Specialty Seafood Market is lined with small shops and restaurants serving dishes using fresh seafood caught from the southern coast. In order to maintain the freshness of live fish, the aquariums installed at each store use filtered and sterilized seawater, which is drawn off the coast near Dolsandaegyo Bridge. Yeosu Specialty Marine Market also operates an online seafood shopping mall.
Address: 24, Yeogaekseonteomineol-gil, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
YEOSU YEONGCHWISAN MOUNTAIN
Yeongchwisan Mountain rises just 510 meters above sea level, but the mountain has long been deemed as a spiritual guardian of the Yeosu peninsula. During the old days, people held rituals for rain or offered wishful prayers here.
As Yeongchwisan Mountain is not very tall, taking any hiking course will lead you to the peak within about 4 hours. The mountain is a perfect place for family travelers to go hiking. Yeongchwisan Mountain is also widely known as the first place in Korea where azaleas begin to bloom in the spring, and is one of the top three most famous places in Korea for azalea blossoms. In April each year, the azalea festival is held in the mountain. During the festival, visitors can enjoy various events and local foods.
Address: Sangam-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Dolsandaegyo Bridge in Yeosu connects Dolsan Island to the mainland, and is a representative attraction of the city, lit up in many colored lights at night. The island of Dolsan is said to be a fortress in the ocean, and protected the nation from invaders and pirates during the Joseon dynasty. Construction on the bridge began in 1980 and was completed in 1984, with Dolsan Park being founded on the hilltop above the bridge in celebration of the bridge opening.
Address: 3617-7, Dolsan-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do