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Yeosu City Tour


Yeosu, meaning "beautiful water," is a maritime city renowned for its pristine ocean scenery and a seemingly endless stretch of coastline. The city has become a rising tourist destination since hosting the 2012 World Expo which promoted the importance of marine resources worldwide.

In addition to its scenic seascape, Yeosu has picturesque views of the 317 large and small islands surrounding it. The Yeosu City Tour has three tour courses that take visitors to see some of the city’s major attractions. 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, while the night course allows visitors to take in the magnificent night views of the beautiful port city. Hop on the Yeosu City Tour Bus to discover the most popular attractions in Yeosu!

• Yeosu City Tour Bus Information

Course 1 (Hyangiram Course)

Departure time: 10:00 (one tour per day)
Course duration: Approx. 7 hr 20 min
Itinerary: Yeosu Station (Yeosu EXPO Station) (departs at 10:00)
Odongdo Island (60 min)
Jinnamgwan Hall (50 min)
Lunch Break (60 min/ meal not included in the tour fee)
Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum (30 min/ admission fee not included)
Hyangiram Hermitage (80 min/ admission fee not included)
Yeosu Specialty Seafood Market (50 min)
Yeosu Station (Yeosu EXPO Station) (arrives at 17:20)

Course 2 (Historic Sites Course)

Departure time: 10:00 (one tour per day)
Course duration: Approx. 7 hr 20 min
Itinerary: Yeosu Station (Yeosu EXPO Station) (departs at 10:00)
Odongdo Island (60 min)
Jinnamgwan Hall (50 min)
Lunch Break (60 min/ meal not included in the tour fee)
Aeyangwon Historic Museum & Son Yang-Won Memorial Hall
* (40 min)
Heungguksa Temple (40 min/ admission fee not included)
Yeosu Specialty Seafood Market (50 min)
Yeosu Station (Yeosu EXPO Station) (arrives at 17:20)

*Song Yang-Won Memorial Hall is closed on Sundays; the tour will visit a nearby historic park instead.

Night Course

Departure time: 19:30 (one tour per day)
Course duration: Approx. 2 hr 30 min
Itinerary: Yeosu Station (Yeosu EXPO Station) (departs at 19:30)
National Industrial Complex (10 min)
Dolsan Park (30 min)
Odongdo Island Musical Fountain* (15 min)
Yeosu Station (Yeosu EXPO Station) (arrives at 22:00)

*The visit to Odongdo Island is subject to change in winter depending on weather conditions.

Yeojaman Bay Sunset Course

August September September November
1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 1, 7
Departure time: August 17:30 / September 17:00 / October 16:30 / November 16:00
Course duration: Approx. 3 hr 15 min
Itinerary: Yi Sun-shin Square (departure)
Yeosu Yeul Village (10 min)
Sora Jangcheok Village (40 min)
Dolsan Park (40 min)
Yi Sun-shin Square (arrival)

Visitor Information

☞ Operation Frequency: 1 daily departure
☞ Departure Point: In front of Yeosu EXPO Station
☞ Fare: Adults 5,000 won / Teens (ages 7-18) 2,500 won (admission fees and lunch not included, credit card payment unavailable)
☞ Reservations & Inquiries: Odong Travel +82-61-666-1201~2 (Korean)
☞ Online reservation: http://www.ystour.kr/tourism/citytour/citytour.do?course= (Korean)
*On-site purchase is available for foreign tourists.
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Yeosu Tourism Homepage: http://www.ystour.kr/en/ main.jsp (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French)
* The non-Korean version of the site may take some time to reflect updates.

• Major Tourist Sites

Odongdo Island


A top tourist destination in Yeosu, Odongdo Island is known among young couples as the "Island of Love." Seagulls greet ferry passengers and crisscross over the ferry's wake as it makes its way across the calm 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.

☞ Dongbaek Train
Fare: One-way 800 won (about 15 min)
Hours: 09:00 to 18:00 (15–20 min intervals)
Departure point: Odongdo Island Entrance Ticket Booth

Odongdo Island
☞Website: http://www.odongdo.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, French, Chinese)

Jinnamgwan Hall


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.

Jinnamgwan Hall
☞Admission: Free
☞Yeosu Tourism website: http://www.ystour.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French)

Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum


Located next to the ocean, the museum is an ideal place to learn about and appreciate local marine ecology. A hundred species of fish indigenous to the Yeosu region and sea turtles are on exhibit. The museum also has a hands-on discovery center that gives visitors a chance to learn about various species of clams.

Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
☞ Hours: 09:00-18:00 (Closed on Mondays, New Year, Lunar New Year, and Chuseok holidays)
☞ Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Children & teens (ages 7-18) 2,000 won
☞ Website: www.jmfsm.or.kr (Korean)

Hyangiram Hermitage


A popular spot for watching the sunrise and sunset, Hyangiram Hermitage 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 accessible with the addition of stairs. After passing through a narrow crevice between huge rocks, a stunning view of the ocean unfolds just beyond the temple. Explore the area to discover Daeungjeon Hall, Bawidonggul Cave, the Beomjong Temple bell, and the fountain (don't forget to make a wish).

Hyangiram Hermitage
☞Admission: Adults 2,000 won / Teens (ages 13-18) 1,500 won / Children (ages 7-12) 1,000 won
☞Website: http://www.hyangiram.org (Korean)

Heungguksa Temple


Located halfway up Yeongchwisan Mountain (510 m), Heungguksa Temple was built in the 12th century. The temple was established as a place for those praying for the country to flourish. 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 colorful scenery created by pink azalea blossoms blooming all over the mountain.

Heungguksa Temple
☞ Admission: Adults 2,000 won / Teens (ages 13-18) 1,500 won / Children (ages 7-12) 1,000 won
☞ Website: http://www.여수흥국사.kr (Korean, English)

Dolsan Park


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 area, Yeosuhang Port, and the lighthouse beam gleaming on the sea's surface. The park also offers a view of the 450-meter long Dolsandaegyo Bridge, which links downtown Yeosu with Dolsando Island. The view from here is one of the popular nightscapes of Yeosu.

Dolsan Park
☞ Yeosu Tourism website: http://www.ystour.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French)

Last updated on August 12, 2014




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