Travel Highlights

Two Full Days to Explore Yeosu

  • Date10/14/2019
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Odongdo Island

Yeosu is located in the center of Dadohaehaesang National Park, a section of the southern sea dotted with islands large and small. As such, Yeosu is the perfect travel destination to enjoy both land and sea. Many of the islands are connected to the mainland via bridges, allowing visitors to drive or ride buses to reach them; some islands can even be walked to. If you’re looking for a more exciting way to take in the sights, hop aboard the maritime cable car! Following our helpful guide, you’ll be able to take in the attractions and shopping available in Yeosu on a two-day itinerary!

  • 1. Odongdo Island
  • 2. Geomundo & Baekdo Islands
  • 3. Hyangiram Hermitage
  • 4. Bireong-gil Trail on Geumodo Island
  • 5. Yeosu International EXPO site
  • 6. Jinnamgwan Hall
  • 7. Yeosu Sea at night & Sandan Nightscape
  • 8. Azaleas on Yeongchwisan Mountain
  • 9. Yeosu Maritime Cable Car
  • 10. Yisunsindaegyo Bridge

DAY 1

7:30 AM – Hyangiram Hermitage: Most revered prayer spot in the south

Hyangiram Hermitage

The first stop on our trip to Yeosu is Dolsando Island! The island is famous for Hyangiram Hermitage, one of the best sunrise spots in the nation. The hermitage is located on the far tip of the island and has a name meaning “looking at the sun.” It is especially popular to visit on New Year’s Day to take in the first sunrise. Many Buddhists visit throughout the year to pray, as it is considered one of the most sacred sites in the southern region.

There are two paths to reach the temple, both taking around 15 minutes to walk. You can take the easier route, following a walking path up the hillside, or you can take the hard road and walk straight up the staircase. Don’t forget to check out the uniquely formed rocks and cliffs on the way. You’ll have to pass through Haetalmun Gate, a narrow opening between two rock walls. Get your camera ready for a photo; you don’t want to hold up traffic in this single-file passage!

Hyangiram Hermitage
  • ☞ Address: 60, Hyangiram-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 여수시 돌산읍 향일암로 60)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Yeosu EXPO Station: Take Bus No. 111 from Yeosu EXPO Station-L Bus Stop to Impo (Hyangiram) Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
    - From Yeosu Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 111 or 113 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Impo (Hyangiram) Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 2,000 won / Teenagers 1,500 won / Children 1,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-644-4742 (Korean only)

10:00 AM – Odongdo Island: An island of red flowers

Odongdo Island

The next attraction to visit in Yeosu is Odongdo Island, an island known for its flowers! The island is resplendent with 194 rare plant species, including camellia flowers. These red flowers bloom from February to April, turning the island into a floating bouquet. Pleasant walking trails crisscross the island, offering views of the blue sea, the forest, and Odongdo Lighthouse at the peak.

Near the lighthouse, you’ll find an exhibition of Korean words and sayings, perfect for photo backdrops. The most popular photo spot is with the sign saying “I’ll love only you, forever.” If you want more than just photos to commemorate your trip, stop by “House of Gifts” to purchase a souvenir. A variety of camellia-related products are available, from oil to tea, soap, candy, tote bags, cosmetics, and more.

Odongdo Island
  • ☞ Address: 222, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 여수시 오동도로 222)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Yeosu EXPO Station: Take Bus No. 2 from Yeosu EXPO Station-L Bus Stop to Odongdo Entrance Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
    - From Yeosu Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 68, 76 or 333 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Odongdo Entrance Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: Open 24 hours
    * Dongbaek Train: Summer 09:30-17:00 / Winter 09:00-16:00
  • ☞ Admission: Free
    * Dongbaek Train one-way: Adults 800 won / Teenagers 600 won / Children 500 won / Senior citizens 400 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-659-1819 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Website: www.yeosu.go.kr/tour (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

1:00 PM – Gejang baekban: Number 1 food of Yeosu

Gejang baekban

By this point, you must be hungry. The first food to cross off your Yeosu bucket list is gejang baekban (set menu with marinated crab). This dish comes in a choice of spicy marinated crab or salty soy marinated crab. Both styles have a hint of sweetness from the crab meat. While marinated crab can be found almost anywhere in Korea, Yeosu is the only place that uses dolge (stone crab) in their dish. Because this dish is a specialty of the city, you can easily find restaurants serving it; simply look for a gejang baekban sign and you’re in for a treat!

3:00 PM – Yeosu Maritime Cable Car: Korea’s longest over-water cable car

Yeosu Maritime Cable Car

Yeosu Maritime Cable Car is special. It was the first over-water cable car in Korea, and stretches a distance of 1.5 kilometers between Dolsan and Jasan Parks. The cable car can be boarded from either location, and one-way or round-trip tickets can be purchased. The final choice you’ll have to make before boarding is which type of cabin you’d like to ride in! The general cabin offers windows on all four sides for a panoramic view, while the crystal cabin has the addition of a transparent floor! If you have a fear of heights, this attraction probably isn’t for you. Because ride times are not assigned with tickets, be sure to explore the surrounding park grounds before boarding. If you’re lucky, you can time your ride just right so you can take in the sunset or the awakening nightscape.

Yeosu Maritime Cable Car
  • ☞ Addresses
    - Dolsan Station: 3600-1, Dolsan-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 여수시 돌산로 3600-1)
    - Odongdo Public Parking Lot: 116, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 여수시 오동도로 116)
  • ☞ Directions
    - Dolsan Station From Yeosu EXPO Station: Take Bus No. 111 from Yeosu EXPO Station-L Bus Stop to Dolsan Park Entrance Bus Stop and walk for approx. 10 min
    From Yeosu Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 112, 113, 114, 115 or 116 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Dolsan Park Entrance Bus Stop and walk for approx. 10 min
    - Odongdo Public Parking Lot
    From Yeosu EXPO Station: Take Bus No. 2 from Yeosu EXPO Station-L Bus Stop to Odongdo Entrance Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
    From Yeosu Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 68, 76 or 333 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Odongdo Entrance Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-21:30
  • ☞ Fares
    - General cabin round-trip: Adults 15,000 won / Children 11,000 won
    - General cabin one-way: Adults 12,000 won / Children 8,000 won
    - Crystal cabin round-trip: Adults 22,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-664-7301 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Website: www.yeosucablecar.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

5:00 PM – Yeosu Kkotppang: Sweet breads made with camellia

Yeosu Kkotppang

Yeosu Kkotppang, or flower bread, is a specialty product of Yeosu. The bread is made with camellia petals, flour, and various other ingredients with camellia in them like jams and vinegar. The breads taste as good as they look, but that’s not what has made them so special. The bakery is famous for hiring older residents, providing them with a source of income and a new lease on life.

Yeosu Kkotppang
  • ☞ Address: 70, Namsan-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 여수시 남산로 70)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Yeosu EXPO Station: Take Bus No. 6, 7 or 111 from Yeosu EXPO Station Bus Stop to Police Station Bus Stop and walk for approx. 15 min
    - Yeosu Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 5, 6 or 7 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Police Station Bus Stop and walk for approx. 15 min
  • ☞ Operating hours:Weekdays 09:00-18:00 / Weekends 10:00-17:00
  • ☞ Signature menus: Chocolate kkotppang / Purple sweet potato kkotppang / Cactus kkotppang / Sweet pumpkin kkotppang / Camellia red bean-filled bun / Camellia red bean & whipped cream-filled bun (4 for 7,000 won / 8 for 12,000 won / 16 for 23,000 won)
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-642-7999 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Website: www.여수꽃빵.kr (Korean only)

7:00 PM – Yeosu Romantic Food Tent Street: Trendy night dining

Yeosu Romantic Food Tent Street

The last stop for the day is Yeosu Romantic Food Tent Street, the city’s newest hot place. This dining experience can be found at Jongpo Coastal Park, a 2 kilometer-stretch between Yi Sun-sin Plaza and Hamel-dong Neighborhood. When the sun sets, the food tents light up and tasty smells waft through the air. Most dishes feature seafood, and prices range from 3,000 won to 30,000 won. Buskers frequently perform in the area, providing entertainment with your meal.

Yeosu Romantic Food Tent Street
  • ☞ Address: 246-1, Jungang-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 여수시 중앙동 246-1)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Yeosu EXPO Station: Take Bus No. 2, 6, 7 or 111 from Yeosu EXPO Station Bus Stop to Jinnamgwan Bus Stop and walk for approx. 10 min
    - Yeosu Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 5, 6 or 7 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Police Station Bus Stop and walk for approx. 15 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: 19:00-02:00
    * Hours may vary by shop

DAY 2

9:00 AM – Yeosu Specialty Seafood Market: The freshest fish

Yeosu Specialty Seafood Market

Yeosu Specialty Seafood Market, located just down the coast from Yi Sun-sin Plaza, is considered one of the best. The seafood is super fresh and super cheap! Shops selling all kinds of fresh seafood from fish to octopus, sea squirts, and crabs are located on the first floor, while the second level of the market is filled with restaurants waiting to serve. Pick the seafood you want to eat and you can have it delivered to a restaurant on the second floor to prepare it for you! Enjoy your meal as you take in the view of the sea, Yeosu Maritime Cable Car, and Dolsandaegyo Bridge.

If you want to bring some seafood home, visit the shops selling dried goods, including anchovies, laver, and more. Another food you have to try in Yeosu is Dolsan gat kimchi (Dolsan leaf mustard kimchi). This kimchi has a strong scent but a lower spice level than other types of kimchi.

Yeosu Specialty Seafood Market
  • ☞ Address: 60-13, Namsan-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 여수시 남산로 60-13)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Yeosu EXPO Station: Take Bus No. 6, 7 or 111 from Yeosu EXPO Station Bus Stop to Jungang Market Bus Stop and walk for approx. 10 min
    - From Yeosu Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 5, 6 or 7 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Jungang Market Bus Stop and walk for approx. 10 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: 06:00-20;00, Closed the first and third Tuesday of every month
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-643-9944 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Website: sijangyeosu.mf24.net (Korean only)

11:00 AM – Goso-dong Mural Village: Artful alleys

Goso-dong Mural Village

Goso-dong Mural Village, like many other mural villages throughout Korea, was created by the residents. The colorful and unique designs fill a 1,004 meter-long alley. Each of the paintings has a different feeling, suited to each individual artist. While enjoying the art, visitors are reminded to be respectful, not making too much noise or damaging the artwork in any way.

Goso-dong Mural Village
  • ☞ Address: 268, Goso-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 여수시 고소동 268)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Yeosu EXPO Station: Take Bus No. 6, 7 or 111 from Yeosu EXPO Station Bus Stop to Police Station Bus Stop and walk for approx. 15 min
    - From Yeosu Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 5, 6 or 7 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Police Station Bus Stop and walk for approx. 15 min
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-659-3860 (Korean only)

12:00 PM – Café Nangman: Coastal rooftop café

Café Nangman

The trendiest place in Yeosu according to social media is Café Nangman! This rooftop café is located in the middle of Goso-dong Mural Village. The unobstructed views include the sea and many of Yeosu’s main attractions. The café’s signature menus are Einspänner and various fruit ades.

Café Nangman
  • ☞ Address: 11, Goso 5-gil, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 여수시 고소5길 11)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Yeosu EXPO Station: Take Bus No. 6, 7 or 111 from Yeosu EXPO Station Bus Stop to Police Station Bus Stop and walk for approx. 10 min
    - From Yeosu Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 5, 6 or 7 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Police Station Bus Stop and walk for approx. 10 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: Sunday-Friday 10:00-22:00 / Saturday 10:00-23:00
  • ☞ Signature menus: Americano 5,000 won / Einspänner 6,000 won / Green grape ade 6,500 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-061-661-1188 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Instagram: @cafenangman (Korean only)

2:00 PM –Jinnam Shopping District: the Myeong-dong of Yeosu

Jinnam Shopping District

The central shopping district of Yeosu is none other than Jinnam Shopping District! In the past, this is where Admiral Yi Sun-sin led his fleet into naval battles. The city celebrates this history through photo spots along Hero Street. Popular photo locations include cute character statues of Admiral Yi and the ‘m the Hero sign; stand next to it to complete the text, making you the hero! Various events such as fashion shows and art markets take place throughout the year. You’ll never know what you’ll find here!

Jinnam Shopping District
  • ☞ Address: Area of 36-5, Jinnamsangga-gil, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 여수시 진남상가길 36-5)
  • ☞ Direction
    - From Yeosu EXPO Station: Take Bus No. 6, 7 or 111 from Yeosu EXPO Station Bus Stop to Jungang Market Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
    - From Yeosu Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 5, 6 or 7 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Jungang Market Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min

4:00 PM – Ggumdderak Mall: Traditional market & youth meet

Ggumdderak Mall

If you want to enjoy tourism and shopping at the same time, head to Ggumdderak Mall! All of the shops here are run by young entrepreneurs, filling the mall with an active energy. Take a break with aromatic coffee and dessert at one of the cafés, enjoy international cuisine at one of the restaurants, take souvenir photos with your travel partner at a studio, or simply browse the many shops.

Yeosu souvenirs

Yeosu souvenirs

If you’re looking for gifts to take home, look for something with a camellia, a symbol of Odongdo Island specifically and Yeosu as a whole. Popular products include magnets, postcards, and pouches, all designed with these vibrant red flowers. Candles, diffusers, and dried flower arrangements make for more romantic gifts.

Ggumdderak Mall
  • ☞ Address: 2F, 43, Jungang-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 여수시 중앙로 43, 2층)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Yeosu EXPO Station: Take Bus No. 6, 7 or 111 from Yeosu EXPO Station Bus Stop to Jungang Market Bus Stop and walk for approx. 1 min
    - From Yeosu Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 5, 6 or 7 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Jungang Market Bus Stop and walk for approx. 1 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: 11:00-21:00, Closed Wednesdays
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-665-6225 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Website: blog.naver.com/ggumdderakmail (Korean only)
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* This column was last updated in May 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.