The 10 Best Things to Do in Yeosu, South Korea

December 15, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

After sleepy Yeosu was chosen to host the 2012 World Expo, it was catapulted into the tourism spotlight. Now that the South Korean city’s volcanic beaches, idyllic islands and colorful historic sites have been discovered, it’s likely that it will grow into a popular international vacation spot. Take a bus to the Hyangiram temple, walk along the breakwater to Odongdo Island, or work your way through the fascinating Fish Market.
Restaurants in Yeosu

1. Yeosu Maritime Cable Car

3600-1, Dolsan-ro, Dolsan-eup, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do 59767, South Korea +82 61-664-7301
Excellent
51%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 144 reviews

Yeosu Maritime Cable Car

Reviewed By eddyphdhong

in yeosu the mvl hotel, we could find Odongdo island and another cable car! it's awesome! just short! clean and fast. modern and safe. they preparwd fast elevator also.

2. Odongdo

1 Halnyeo-dong, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do, South Korea +82 61-690-7303
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 187 reviews

Odongdo

Reviewed By Myungshin O - Daegu, South Korea

Odongdo is a beautiful island. I recommend taking the cable car from the opposite side to Odongdo because you can see a beautiful view of Odongdo. There is a beautiful colorful bridge that you can see at night. The Gardens are well organized.
I give three stars because after seeing the island by cable car and then seeing the Gardens, there is nothing much to see. Also, you have to wait one hour for the cable car.

3. Hyangiram Hermitage

60, Hyangiram-ro, Dolsan-eup, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do 59778, South Korea +82 61-644-4742
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

Hyangiram Hermitage

Reviewed By BigBoyA77 - Los Angeles, California

This is my 2nd time coming here. First time before kids, now this time with 2 kids, one walking one in stroller. Just like the last time, I took the "easier route." Easier my butt.
Pushing stroller, I could have sworn it was much easier last time around with out kids. Maybe it's the sunny July weather of 90 degree with humidity equivalent to 114 degrees of real feel as weather channel has stated. We were sweating bullet, even my little one sitting in the stroller. Once we entered the giant rock entryway to the temple I felt a cool sea breeze amplified by coolness from rocks. View of the ocean was incredible and I realize why I came back here.
There were some people praying. Bunch of rock turtles with coins placed on them. Mineral mountain water stations. And at the bottom bunch of stores selling Korean side dishes. This place is also know for dolsal got Kimchi (rock mountain mustard green kimchi per babylon translate).
Coming down was much easier and we opted for the stairs. There is a free parking pass the parking structure on the bottom of the hill between a motel and military facility. First time around, we took a city bus here so that's another option. As a reviewer mentioned you can take a cab along the "easier route" all the way up to a tiny lot right before all the stairs leading up to the rock. Easier route doesn't have any stairs up to point right before the final steps but I swear some of the incline is over 45 degrees. I was amazed that cars were able to climb that hill. But view is definitely worth it.

4. Aqua Planet Yeosu

61-11, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do 59744, South Korea +82 61-660-1102
Excellent
35%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 110 reviews

Aqua Planet Yeosu

Reviewed By Leonine949 - Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

I love nature and so zoos, sanctuaries and Aquariums are some favorite places. This is the best one I've been to - a wide variety of underwater life, displayed to great effect.
The layout - a central Rotunda with themed exhibits opening off it, allows you to structure your visit. The information brochure is very detailed and a great guide to seeing what you'd like to see.
The beluga show was amazing.
I must say I'm not really that much into sculptures being used to create an atmosphere, such as in the riverine exhibit, but all in all this was a very worthwhilte visit, especially as it was raining heavily and the rest of the Expo site was not accesible in such weather.

5. Dolsan Park

Udu-ri, Dolsan-eup, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 83 reviews

Dolsan Park

Reviewed By silvermavis - Seoul, South Korea

The best way to go up is by cab, because the path up is quite steep and not very friendly. The view of Yeosu city and the Bridges are really beautiful when they are lighted up, so be sure to go at night. Breeze is really nice at the top and it is a nice place to just chill with some friends.

6. Yeosu Jinnamgwan

472 Gunja-dong, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Excellent
27%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 55 reviews

Yeosu Jinnamgwan

Reviewed By Alex W - Singapore, Singapore

There's a gate, an empty pavilion and some low walls. And that's everything. There is a small museum tucked underneath. Besides being small, the displays have a jingoistic tone, all because it was a temporary base for an admiral who managed to see off a Japanese invasion centuries ago. As for "views of Yeosu", the pavilion is on a mound, not even a hill, and isn't high enough to see much. Frankly, I'd say don't bother.
Free admission -- it had better be, since there's virtually nothing.

7. Yi Sun Shin Square

중앙동, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Excellent
26%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

Yi Sun Shin Square

Reviewed By Alex W - Singapore, Singapore

So there's a square in the centre of the old town. There's a large statue of an admiral who beat off a Japanese fleet centuries ago. There are some senior citizens sitting around with nothing to do. There are some posters recalling this admiral's great victory. Oh, did I mention there's a statue too?
Then there's a replica of a wooden ship that had an armoured roof. Looks a bit like a turtle's back, so it's called a turtle ship. You can go inside for free and say hello to the mannequins.
You would have seen everything in 15 minutes.
I stayed longer, because it started to rain, and remaining inside the ship, with the plastic sailors and artillerymen, was a good way to stay dry. Yay! it was useful after all.

8. Yeosu Fish Market

680 Gyo-dong, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Excellent
35%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Yeosu Fish Market

Reviewed By NixieKnox - Newcastle, England, United Kingdom

We were taken to Yeosu fish market by our Korean friends so it is hard to give an accurate review of the experience as English tourists on our own. First impressions were completely alien-everything is still alive and swimming around (many of the beasties we'd never seen before) Once we'd made a decision as to what we wanted to try, they were fished out of their tanks and killed right in front of you with incredible speed and accuracy. We then took what we'd bought to one of the many restaurants above the market, where the idea is that you inform the kitchen staff how you want each thing prepared. Luckily we had Koreans with us who knew what they were doing because otherwise we wouldn't have had a clue. While we waited we were sat around a traditional low table (one of the reasons the rating dropped a star was that as westerners we found it really uncomfortable to sit on the floor for so long) and served the ubiquitous kimchee and plums. They brought each course out as it was ready, starting with scallops, clams and raw fish which you wrap yourself in lettuce and sesame leaves with the traditional chilli sauce. Next came huge tiger prawns, fried Hake (millions of bones beware...but there is a magnificent trick of how to expertly remove them with chopsticks if you can find someone to show you how) To finish off we were served a really spicy soup made from all the pieces of fish left over after preparation (including tails,fins,heads,eyeballs) We found it delicious, despite not being the biggest seafood fans. This was all washed down with gallons of 'Somak' - a glass of beer mixed with Soju, very tasty. The waitresses were very hospitable and attentive without being smothering, and the locals enjoyed seeing foreign faces (as usual!)

9. Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum

2876 Dolsan-ro, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do 59771, South Korea +82 61-644-4136
Excellent
35%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum

Reviewed By Nesian89 - Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati

The center boasted some of South Korea's major project in maritime and fisheries. The major attraction is the top level tower which is ideal for a breath-taking view, but not recommended for the light-hearted especially with glass floors! - A great experience indeed!

10. Yeosu HeungGukSa Temple

17 Jungheung-dong, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do, South Korea +82 61-685-5633
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Yeosu HeungGukSa Temple

Reviewed By kdjasper - Centennial, Colorado

This temple is traditional Korean Buddhist temple, however it is perched atop a beautiful cliff overlooking the South Sea and outlying Islands. Parking or horrendous, the road up to the stairs is steep and local business vehicles pass through regularly so pay attention! The views, however, make it all worthwhile.

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