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Tour of Yeosu Amid Sea Breeze
Date 06-08-2018 14:52
Tour of Yeosu Amid Sea Breeze

Located in the southernmost part of the Korean Peninsula, Yeosu is a city of water. The name of the city itself means “good water.” Yeosu is a major port city that provides a gateway to a number of jewel-like rocky islands nearby such as Dolsan and Odong Islands. Yeosu was also a key battleground upon which Admiral Lee Sun-shin, one of the most renowned naval strategicians in history, fought off the Japanese invaders who were trying to invade Joseon. You can learn about the battle and the admiral at Jinnamgwan Hall. Gosodong Mural Village provides a panoramic view of the city and its port. The Yeosu Maritime Cable Car offers an excellent view of the beautifully lit sea and beach at night.

Courtesy of the Yeosu Municipal Government.

Jinnamgwan Hall and the Spirit of Admiral Lee Sun-shin

Jinnamgwan Hall, a must-see historic site during the tour of Yeosu, is protected as National Treasure No. 304. Jinnamgwan Hall was originally built as a guesthouse in the Joseon era to accommodate officials dispatched from the central government. This is a stately house that extends 75 m wide, rises 14 m high, and features 68 thick wooden pillars. It is the largest of all the governmental buildings from the Joseon era that remain extant today. The hall is noteworthy not only for its scale, but also for the special place that it occupies in Korea’s history. Admiral Lee Sun-shin, who is praised as the best military man of Joseon, stayed here during the battles against Japanese invaders. Afterward, the hall continued to serve as an important base of the Joseon Navy. The on-site museum offers an exhibition on the relics and artifacts that attest to the history of the building and the Japanese invasions of Korea during the 16th century. The front yard of Jinnamgwan Hall features a stone figurine. There were originally seven stone figurines to embody the efforts of the Joseon Navy to ward off invaders, but only one remains standing today.

Courtesy of the Yeosu Municipal Government.

- Address: Manghaeru, 11, Dongmun-ro, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do
- Tel.: 061-659-5711

Gosodong Mural Village: Full of the Stories of Yeosu

Goso-dong is a neighborhood situated atop a hill from which you can gain a scenic view of the Yeosu Port. It is only a 10 min walk away from the Lee Sun-shin Plaza and Jinnamgwan Hall. As it is located 1,004 m from Jinnamgwan Hall, Gosodong is also known as the Angel Mural Village (the number “1,004” is pronounced in the same way as the Korean word for “angel”).
The neighborhood is known for the murals that embody the eight themes that fill the street walls. These murals, which contain historic themes, has become a part of the natural backdrop that show the Yeosu Port. A great pleasure of walking slowly through the neighborhood is happening on historic places. Gosodae is the platform upon which Admiral Lee Sun-shin strategized and instructed soldiers. The site is marked by stone monuments that describe the military achievements of the admiral and commemorate his patriotism. Both monuments are protected as public treasures in Korea. The observatory in the neighborhood is a lesser-known spot that is great for enjoying the nightscape of downtown Yeosu.

Courtesy of the Yeosu Municipal Government.

- Address: 268, Goso-dong, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do
- Tel.: 061-659-3860 (Tourism Division, Yeosu Municipal Government)

Yeosu Maritime Cable Car: A View from Above

The Yeosu Maritime Cable Car connects Dolsan Island and Jasan Park on mainland. It is the first maritime cable car in Korea, and the fourth in Asia, after those built and developed earlier in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Vietnam. The cable car rides last for 15 min each way. Guests can purchase both round-trip and one-way tickets.
There are two types of cable cars: the five-seat Crystal Cabins and the eight-seat Standard Cabins. Crystal Cabins offer a greater thrill because its reinforced glass floor provides a view of the sea of Yeosu beneath riders’ feet. The cable cars operate until 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays, and until 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Riding these cable cars at dust will provide a breathtaking view of downtown Yeosu aflame with the rays of the sinking sun. At night, the cable cars are also a great way to enjoy the colorful nightscape of Yeosu.

Courtesy of the Yeosu Municipal Government.

- Address: 3600-1, Dolsan-ro, Dolsan-eup, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do
- Tel.: 061-664-7301
- Website: www.yeosucablecar.com