Tongyeong & Geoje picturesque destinations

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Tongyeong & Geoje picturesque destinations

by: Korea Tourism Organization | .
Stripes Korea | .
published: July 15, 2016

Frequently referred to as the Naples of Korea, Tongyeong in Gyeongsangnam-do and Geoje, a large island surrounded by  many smaller islands, offer fantastic scenic views and are ranked as one of the must-go travel destinations of Namhae.

Evergreen trees surrounded by emerald seas and complemented by the clear blue skies, this is definitely the perfect destination for those seeking a relaxing and laidback travel.

Tongyeong and Geoje are also especially famous for their fresh seafood and local delights, which please the palate of all tourists. Whether it is your first visit or you are returning to Tongyeong and Geoje, take a tranquil seaside escape to the southern end of the Korean peninsula today!

Tongyeong

Hallyeosudo Viewing Ropeway

The distance between Hallyeosudo Viewing Ropeway to the peak of Mireuksan in Tongyeong is about 1,975m, making it the longest cable car in operation in the nation. By riding in the cable car, one will be able to catch a bird’s eye view of Hallyeohaesang National Park, a highlight of Namhae. Aside from that, if the weather is clear, one may also see Cheonwangbong Peak of Jirisan National Park, or even Daemado Island of Japan in the far background. If you would like to enjoy picturesque vistas in all directions, walk about 15 minutes more up the stairs after getting off the cable car to reach the peak of Mireuksan Mountain. If the walk seems a bit much,  the view from the observatory at the cable car upper station is sufficiently beautiful, a great option for those traveling with the elderly.
 
Address: 205, Balgae-ro, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Tongyeong Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 141 and get off at Cable Car Lower Station Bus Stop → Walk for about 100m to Halllyeosudo Viewing Ropeway
Operating hours: 09:30-18:00 (Hours may vary according to seasons and weather conditions and closed days differ every month. Please kindly check the official website prior to visit.)
Fee: Adults (Round-trip) 10,000 won, (One-way) 6,500 won / Children (Round-trip) 6,000 won, (One-way) 4,000 won
Website: cablecar.ttdc.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Tongyeong Jungang Market
 
Tongyeong Jungang Market is a great place to drop by  when visiting other nearby attractions such as Dongpirang Village and Nammangsan Sculpture Park. A wide assortment of food and other daily necessities can be found on sale here, including seafood that is as fresh as if just caught at sea. If you purchase seafood from the market, bring it to a restaurant nearby to have them sliced and served at a price of 3,000 won per individual. Enjoying the sea view while having freshly sliced raw fish and a bowl of spicy fish stew is another unique way to spend time at Tongyeong Jungang Market.
 
If you are not a big fan of raw fish, there are other famous street foods in the market that you should not miss and chungmu gimbap is one of them. This perfectly bite-sized gimbap eaten with spicy seasoned squid and radish kimchi is unbelievable addictive, despite its simple ingredients. Another representative must-eat street food found in Jungang Market is the famous Tongyeong honey bread. With a red bean jam filling, the round bread is coated in a thin layer of honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Recently, a variety of fillings including citron, strawberry or green tea jam are also popular choices among tourists.
 
Address: Areas of Jungang-dong, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Tongyeong Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 101 and get off at Jungang Market Bus Stop
 
Tongyeong Jungang Market is a great place to drop by  when visiting other nearby attractions such as Dongpirang Village and Nammangsan Sculpture Park. A wide assortment of food and other daily necessities can be found on sale here, including seafood that is as fresh as if just caught at sea. If you purchase seafood from the market, bring it to a restaurant nearby to have them sliced and served at a price of 3,000 won per individual. Enjoying the sea view while having freshly sliced raw fish and a bowl of spicy fish stew is another unique way to spend time at Tongyeong Jungang Market.
 
If you are not a big fan of raw fish, there are other famous street foods in the market that you should not miss and chungmu gimbap is one of them. This perfectly bite-sized gimbap eaten with spicy seasoned squid and radish kimchi is unbelievable addictive, despite its simple ingredients. Another representative must-eat street food found in Jungang Market is the famous Tongyeong honey bread. With a red bean jam filling, the round bread is coated in a thin layer of honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Recently, a variety of fillings including citron, strawberry or green tea jam are also popular choices among tourists.
 
Address: Areas of Jungang-dong, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Tongyeong Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 101 and get off at Jungang Market Bus Stop
 
Dongpirang Village
 
Also known as the east cliff, Dongpirang Village in Tongyeong is well-known for its mural paintings. Tourists can get a great overview of Gangguan Port, and find murals painted on every wall, catching the eye even when seen from afar. Formerly intended to be demolished, the local community took action and led a revitalization project to paint the walls in the hopes of making the area attractive enough to be saved. The hardwork of the villagers and other artists from around the country paid off; today the village is a must-go attraction of Tongyeong. Although this is a tourist attraction that is open to the public, there are still locals residing in the houses here, thus visitors are advised to take consideration of the residents and prevent any unnecessary disturbance.
 
Address: Areas of Dongho-dong, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Tongyeong Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 101 and get off at Jungang Market Bus Stop → Walk for about 400m to Dongpirang Village
 
Nammangsan Sculpture Park
 
Nammangsan Sculpture Park is a place where one may not only get an overview of Tongyeong, but also enjoy an exhibition of local and international artists’ sculpture masterpieces. Following the pathway to the top, visitors may find sculptures including “Motion Pictures of Four Landscapes” by Japanese artist Ito Takamichi, “The Machine Stopping for The Best Moment” by Swedish artist Erick Dietman, “Metaphors – Port of Embarkation” by Korean artist Sin Mun-seop, and more. The park is filled with an artistic ambiance that will stimulate your imagination, releasing all fatigue into the open air for a refreshing body and mind.
 
Address: 139, Nammang-gil, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Tongyeong Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 101 and get off at Culture Madang Bus Stop → Walk for about 600m to get to Nammangsan Sculpture Park
 
Tongyeong International Concert Hall
 
The annual Tongyeong International Music Festival held every spring in this city makes it even more special as the city was selected to be Korea’s First UNESCO Creative City of Music in December 2012. The festival is held at Tongyeong International Concert Hall where the audience can enjoy the melodious music with a perfect view of the ocean in the background. Also, there is a restaurant that offers a sea view and showcases an assortment of performances simultaenously as one takes pleasure in their delicious meal.
 
Address: 38, Keunbalgae 1-gil, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Tongyeong Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 101 and get off at Donam-dong Bus Stop → Walk for about 50m to Tongyeong International Concert Hall
Website: timf.org (Korean, English)
 
Yi Sun-Sin Park
 
Yi Sun-Sin Park is a place of patriotism and a memorial location to commemorate the victories won by Admiral Yi Sun-Sin during the Imjin War (1592-1598). 
A bronze statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin can be found right at the entrance of the park, making it a prominent landmark that cannot be missed. The ocean seen beyond the statue is where Admiral Yi Sun-Sin shed blood and sweat in many battles in order to claim a victory in which the people could take pride in. Following the path of the wooden deck, visitors can find a coastal walking trail and enjoy beautiful views of Namhae.
Every year in mid August, The Great Battle of Hansan Festival is held at the Yi Sun-Sin Park. This festival is held to not only celebrate the anniversary of the great event, but also to allow visitors to this festival to learn about the battle while enjoying the beautiful natural scenery of Tongyeong. Traditional art performances, cultural exhibitions, circus performances, a fishing competition and other various programs are put in place for all. Parades of Tongjesa, a government position for leading the naval force during the Imjin War, diverse  water sport competitions, floating lanterns on the river, and other events are also available. 
 
Address: 205, Mendehaean-gil, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Tongyeong Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 101 and get off at Toseong Gogae (Ridge) Bus Stop → Walk for about 1.6km to Yi Sun-Sin Park or take a taxi
 
Geoje
 
Jangsado Sea Park
 
Jangsado Island is famous for its beautiful camellia flowers that bloom in winter, and hydrangea flowers that bloom in summer. As a marine park with natural beauty, several artisitic sculptures can be found in throughout the park. In addition, the park features an outdoor performance theater that holds concerts for visitors to enjoy. It will take approximately 2 hours to fully explore the entire island; the ferry schedule is planned accordingly.
 
Upon arriving at Jangsado Island, free information maps are available in close proximity to the ferry dock. The map indicates tourist attractions in linear order, a great guidance to kick-start your journey around the island. 
Jangsado Bonsai Branch School can be found just after passing the central square. The building was formerly a school, but had now been transformed into a Bonsai Garden. Hallyu fans may recall the site as being a filming location for the popular Korean drama “My Love from the Star (2013),” which also increased the popularity of the island. 
 
As the entrance and exit from Jangsado Island are two separate docks, visitors should note that the dock where you first arrive is not the dock where you board to leave the island. Also, due to the presence of several ferry operators to Jangsado Island, visitors are strongly advised to remember the name of the ferry they first boarded as you must take the same ferry back to the mainland. In order to help visitors to remember the ferry names, tickets are distributed upon boarding the ferry. Thus, you are expected to safekeep the ticket and present it to the ferry staff when boarding to exit the island.
 
Address: 55, Jangsado-gil, Hansan-myeon, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions (Jeogu Dock): From Gohyeon Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 53 and get off at Jeogu Village Bus Stop → Walk for about 300m to Jangsado Island Ferry Terminal. Purchase ferry ticket and admission ticket for Jangsado Island → Board the ferry and get off at Jangsado Sea Park
Operating hours: Apr-Sep 08:00-19:00 / Oct-Mar 08:30-17:00 (Last admission is 2 hours before closing time)
Fee: Adults 10,000 won / Teenagers 8,000 won / Children 5,000 won (Separate fees for ferry ride)
Website: jangsado.co.kr (Korean, Chinese)
 
Ferry docks bound for Jangsado Island
 
Jangsado Island is only accessible via ferries in the area of Tongyeong, and thus it is most convenient to board a ferry from Geoje. There are four main ferry docks, namely: Tongyeong Dock, Gabae Dock, Jeogu Dock and Daepo Dock. As the distance to Jangsado Island varies by docks, duration and fees differ slightly from one another. According to Korean ferry regulations, a report form must be filled out and presented along with a form of identification such as a passport in order to purchase a ticket and board all ferries.
 
Tongyeong Dock: 269-38, Donam-ro, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Gabae Dock: 2271-1, Geojenamseo-ro, Dongbu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Jeogu Dock: 16-6, Jeoguhaean-gil, Nambu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Daepo Dock: 82, Daepo-gil, Nambu-myeon, 
Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
 
Oedo-Botania
 
Oedo-Botania is a marine botanical garden, which is famous for its beautiful view of the crystal blue South Sea and surrounding landscape. The island was privately purchased in the late 1960s by a couple and has now turned into a famous tourist attraction. From the dock, following the signs along the uphill pathway, you will be led to a paradise of greenery. Along the 1.3-km-long walking trail, you can see various rare plant species classified by themes, a “Stairway to Heaven” through a forest of retinispora trees, and sculptures in various sizes and shapes on display in the Venus Garden.
 
West of the observatory, visitors can also enjoy a cup of coffee with a view of the clear blue waters surrounding Geoje Haegeumgang Island. Similar to Jangsado, it also takes approximately 2 hours to fully explore this beautiful island.
 
When purchasing tickets bound for Oedo, you may also apply for a tour around Haegeumgang Island. Located on the southeast side of Geoje island, the name of the island originates from its similarity to Geumgangsan in Gangwon-do. Known as an island of rocks, it is also famous for Sipja cave, Sajabawi Rock, Chotdaebawi Rock, and other magnificent views. Especially in early dawn from early summer to fall, the fog that blankets the island creates an usual fantastical ambiance.
 
Address: 17, Oedo-gil Irun-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions (Gujora Dock): From Gohyeon Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 23 and get off at Samjeong Bus Stop → Walk for about 50m to Gujora Dock. Purchase ferry ticket and admission ticket for Oedo Island → Board the ferry and get off at Oedo-Botania
Operating hours: Summer 08:00-19:00 / Winter 08:30-17:00 (Takes about 1 hr 30 min to tour the whole island)
Fee: Adults 11,000 won / Teenagers 8,000 won / Children 5,000 won (Separate fees apply for ferry ride)
Website: botania.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Ferry docks bound for Oedo Island
 
A total of 7 docks have ferries operating to Oedo Island. Each dock has ferry routes bound for Oedo Island, as well as an option to make a trip around Haegeumgang Island. As the distance to Jangsado Island varies by docks, duration and fees differ slightly from one another. According to Korean ferry regulations, all passengers must fill out the report form when purchasing tickets, and present a form of identification such as a passport upon boarding. All visitors are issued a boarding pass to remember their ferry company when departing the island. Therefore, all passsengers are expected to safekeep their ticket and present it to the staff when leaving the island.
 
Jangseungpo Dock: 138, Jangseung-ro, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Jisepo Dock: 72, Jisepohaean-ro Irun-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
 Wahyeon Dock: 46, Wahyeonhaebyeon-gil, Irun-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Gujora Dock: 81-2, Gujora-ri, Irun-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Dojangpo Dock: 53, Dojangpo 1-gil, Nambu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do 
Haegeumgang Dock: 270, Haegeumgang-ro, Nambu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Dadae Dock: 46-1, Dadae 5-gil Nambu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
 
Windy Hill
 
Windy Hill is a must-go place in Geoje. Situated to the right of Dojangpo Dock, which operates ferries to Oedo Island, the hill features a breathtaking view straight out of a painting of a field covered in vibrant green grass. As you climb up the hill, the refreshing wind will help keep the overwhelming heat at bay. Upon reaching the top, visitors will be greeted by the beautiful scene of the ocean unfolding before ones feet.
 
Address: San 14-47, Galgot-ri, Nambu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Gohyeon Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 55 and get off at Dojangpo Bus Stop→ Walk for about 400m to get to Windy Hill
 
Sinseondae Observatory
 
Sinseondae Observatory is located opposite from Windy Hill to the right of Dojangpo Village. Sinseon literally translates to supernatural beings; the beauty of this spot is said to attract such beings to come and play. A huge rock stands in the middle of the sea with views of the surrounding islands including a five-color rock in the far archipelago, creating an incredibly astounding landscape.
 
Address: San 21-20, Galgot-ri, Nambu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Gohyeon Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 55 and get off at Dojangpo Bus Stop→ Walk for about 400m to arrive at Sinseaondae Observatory
 
Hakdong Mongdol Beach
 
Instead of sand, Hakdong Mongdol Beach has small pebbles, called “mongdol” in Korean, and it is the largest pebble beach in the nation. The wild camellia forest, which blooms along the seashore around mid February, creates a beautiful landscape. Visitors to the beach can also see pitta birds flying here. n addition to several water leisure activities, many restaurants and accommodation facilities are also available in the vicinity. More than anything, the beach is the perfect place to relax with the sound of the waves washing over the pebbles..
 
Address: Areas of Hakdong-ri, Dongbu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Gohyeon Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 56 and get off at Hakdong Samgeori (3-way intersection) Bus Stop → Walk for about 120m to Hakdong Mongdol Beach
 
 
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