Yeosu is a maritime city surrounded by 317 islands and a 915-kilometer-long coastline. Yeosu was the host city of the 2012 World Expo, which promoted the importance of marine resources worldwide.
The Yeosu City Tour offers three courses. The first course covers the famous Odongdo Island and Hyangiram Hermitage, a small temple perched high on a coastal cliff. The second course offers a tour of the city's historic sites, and the night course allows visitors to take in the magnificent night views of the beautiful port city.
* Major Tour Sites
A top tourist destination in Yeosu, Odongdo Island is known among young couples as an 'Island of Love.' Seagulls greet ferry passengers and crisscross over the ferry's wake as it makes its way across the peaceful waters. The island is also connected with the mainland and can be reached by the Dongbaek (Magnolia) Train or on foot. Odongdo Island's attractions include wooded walking trails, a 25-meter-tall lighthouse observatory, and a musical fountain.
* Ferry Fare (from park entrance to shopping area of Odongdo): One-way 3,000 won (about 15 -20 minutes)
* Dongbaek Train Fare: One-way 500 won (about 15 minutes)
Jinnamgwan Hall is the oldest existing single-story wooden building in Korea and a prized National Treasure (a cultural asset protected as a national treasure). It was used as the headquarters for Admiral Yi Sun-shin, who led Korean forces to victory in a celebrated naval battle against the Japanese army during the Imjinwaeran War, which lasted from 1592 to 1598. Admiral Yi is one of the most heroic and respected figures in Korean history, and several tourist sites commemorate his many accomplishments.
* Admission: Free
Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
With the backdrop of a beautiful seaside landscape, the museum is a great place to learn about and appreciate local marine ecology. A hundred species of fish indigenous to Korea are on exhibit, including several rare fish that are found only in the Yeosu region. The museum boasts a cylindrical aquarium, a sea turtle aquarium, and a hands-on discovery center that gives visitors a chance to learn about various species of clams.
* Hours: 09:00~18:00
(Closed on Mondays, New Year, Lunar New Year, and Chuseok holidays)
* Admission: Adults 3,000 won, Teens (ages 7-18) 2,000 won
Hyangiram is a famous spot from which to behold the brilliant colors of glorious sunrises and sunsets. The hermitage (small temple) is located at the southern end of Dolsando Island, which is connected to the mainland by Dolsandaegyo Bridge. The steep narrow road that leads up to Hyangiram has recently been made more navigable with the addition of stairs. After passing through a narrow crevice between huge rocks, a stunning view of the ocean unfolds right beyond the temple. Explore the area to discover the Daeungjeon Hall, Bawidonggul Cave, the Beomjong Temple bell, and the fountain – just don't forget to make a wish.
* Admission: Adults 2,000 won, Teens (ages 13-18) 1,500 won, Children (ages 12 or less) 1,000 won
Located halfway up Yeongchwisan Mountain (510 m), Heungguksa Temple was built in the 12th century. The temple was established to pray for the country to flourish, and the name Heungguksa means "if the country prospers, the temple does well." Within the precincts of the temple are many cultural assets that have been designated as treasures. In particular, the temple's main hall, Daeungjeon (Treasure No. 396) is equipped with Korean traditional doors and characterized by its open structure. Yeongchwisan Mountain offers hikers a bird's-eye view of the city, and in April, visitors flock here to enjoy the magnificent scenery created by pink azalea blossoms blooming all over the mountain
* Admission: Adults 2,000 won, Teens (ages 13-18) 1,500 won, Children (ages 7-12) 1,000 won
Dolsan Park is the perfect place to enjoy the striking night views of the beautiful port city of Yeosu. The park provides a panoramic view of the downtown, Yeosuhang Port, and the lighthouse beam gleaming on the sea's surface. The park also presents a view of the 450-meter long Dolsan Bridge, which links downtown Yeosu with Dolsando Island. Dolsan Bridge is one of the most popular nightscapes in Yeosu, as it creates a splendid sight at night when it is illuminated by colored lights.