Tongyeong Cable Car

Tongyeong Cable Car (Hyemin Lee)

Gyeongsang Province sits in Korea’s southeastern region and features a variety of beautiful destinations with cultural and historical significance. Here you can enjoy the breathtaking South Sea from Busan, Tongyeong and Gyeongju cities.

Of the three major cities in the province, Busan stands out as the hands-down top summer vacation spot. Neighboring Tongyeong City offers a comparatively relaxing travel experience while featuring numerous recreational activities. Gyeongju City is where history meets leisure as it preserves remnants of the Silla Kingdom and Joseon Dynasty while serving up a diverse food and fun scene. While traveling Korea’s southeastern region, you’re not going to want to miss visiting these three great cities.


Tongyeong, often referred to as the Naples of Korea, is home to the Hallyeo Haesang National Marine Park, which boasts breathtaking sceneries of the southern coast. Beyond its phenomenal landscape, Tongyeong holds a special place for Koreans as it is home to many historical attractions, including some dedicated to the achievements of a key figure in Korean history, Admiral Yi Sun-sin.

Tongyeong and Admiral Yi Sun-sin

1. Hansando Island and Jeseungdang Shrine

Hansando Island is only accessible by ferry and its Maritime National Park is a top spot for some great ocean views. The island was the scene of the Battle of Hansando Island, a major conflict during the Imjin War (1592-1598). It was during this battle that Admiral Yi Sun-sin commanded Korean naval force turtle ships to the victory over Japanese warships in 1592.

Many visitors stop by Jeseungdang Shrine, Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s former headquarters, to immerse themselves into the war’s intense history and to pay respects to the hero.

More information about the ferry schedule is below.

2. Admiral Yi Sun-sin Park

The park commemorates Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s major victory here and features a bronze statue of the admiral facing Hansando Island. The park is known for its beautiful walking trails along the clear blue South Sea. No admission fee is required.

Address: 688-1, Jeongnyang-dong, Tongyeong-si, Naver Map

3. Joseon Naval Ships

Near the park, there are four turtle ship replicas where visitors can explore and observe these warships up close. Visitors also get a chance to try on the Joseon navy uniform. This is a fun spot to check out, especially for kids.

Address: 236, Jungang-dong, Tongyeong-si, Naver Map

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tickets: Adults 1,500 won / Teens 1,100 won / Children 500 won

4.Tongyeong Hansan Battle Festival

Every year in August, the Battle of Hansando Island is commemorated with a lively festival. Enjoy traditional arts, performances, games, and fireworks while learning about the area’s history. The dates of the event change every year, so visit the website for more details.

Address: Around Admiral Yi Sun-sin park and Hansando Island


Must try activities in Tongyeong

1. Tongyeong Cable Car

Hop on the Tongyeong Cable Car at the foot of Mt. Mireuksan for a quick nine-minute ride to the top for a panoramic view of the Hallyeo Haesang National Marine Park. In addition, the peak has a skywalk, observatory and photo zones for some great pics. If you have tickets of Dpirang, Skyline Luge, and Adventure Tower, a discount is available.

Address: 205 Balgae-ro, Tongyeong-si

Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (May vary depending on the weather)

Tickets: Adults 17,000 won / Children 13,000 won (Round trip)

2. Skyline Luge

Enjoy a thrilling adventure in a luge cart! visitors can explore four different courses covering 3.8 kms (2.3 miles). Due to its convenient location below Mt. Mireuksan, the luge is often considered as one destination along with the Tongyeong Cable Car.

Take the Skyride, a lift which will shuttle you to the luge departure point. Only individuals taller than 110 centimeters can ride the cart alone, and children between 85-110 centimeters can ride with a guardian who is over 150 centimeters tall.

Address: 178 Balgae-ro, Tongyeong-si, Naver Map

Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tickets: 33,000 won for 4 trips / 36,000 won for 5 trips (Discount is available through Naver or with a cable car ticket)

3. Adventure Tower

This 15-meter-tall tower offers adventure sports experiences, including climbing and obstacle courses. There are a total of 96 courses divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels which guarantee fun times for visitors. Suit up with safety equipment and explore the tower, shaking bridge and jumps. Do note that the facility has weight restrictions and does not allow visitors below 25 kilos and above 100 kilos on the attractions.

Address: 172-12 Balgae-ro, Tongyeong-si, Naver Map Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed second and fourth Monday) Tickets: Adults 19,000 won / Teens 17,000 won / Children 12,000 won

4. Tongyeong Ferry Tour (daytime)

The ferry tour allows you to explore the battlefields of the Imjin War, Jeseungdang Shrine and Hansando Island. Also, you can choose a tour course for Jangsado Island Maritime Park, renowned for camellia flowers that blossom between January and February. All prices are for round trips. Booking through Naver offers a discount and don’t forget to bring your ID card!

Address: 2nd floor, 269-38 Donam-ro, Tongyeong-si, Naver Map

Hansando Island: The ferry leaves every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m (2-hour trip)

Jangsado Island: 10 a.m. / 1 p.m. (3.5-hour trip)

Tickets: Adults 14,000-21,000 won / Children 8,000-14,000 won

Phone: 1688-9301

5. Chungmugong Ferry Tour (nighttime)

Don’t miss the chance to discover why Tongyeong is called the “Naples of Korea.” The artistic beauty of Tongyeong Bridge and the rainbow-colored coastal night views never fail to impress visitors during the night ferry tour. On the weekends, visitors can enjoy fireworks on the cruise as well.

Passengers must arrive 20 minutes in advance with their ID card.

Address: The same place as Tongyeong Ferry Tour, but the ticket booth is located on the 1st floor.

Hours: 5:20 p.m. (Mon-Sat), 7 p.m. (Fri-Sun)

Duration: 1 hour

Tickets: 25,500 - 30,000 won (Booking through Naver offers 10-20 percent discount)

Phone: 1688-3883

Website (Only Korean)

(Note: Schedules may vary based on weather, so it is recommended to check the website before visiting)


As Korea’s second largest city, Busan is constantly abuzz with activity. In the summer, it is a favorite vacation spot thanks to its abundant charm, fun attractions and beautiful beaches. The city boasts two cherished landmark beaches, Gwangalli and Haeundae, drawing crowds year-round to their shores of soft white sand and pristine blue waters.

Despite their proximity to each other, the beaches each have their own distinct appeal. Visiting both is a must, but here are all the fun activities you can do at each one.

Gwangalli Beach

Known as a true hotspot beloved by young people, Gwangalli Beach has many trendy activities you’ll enjoy.

1. Ocean view cafés

Take a stroll on the streets near the beach and stop in at the many trendy cafés and restaurants. These are a haven for visitors seeking the perfect blend of Busan’s ocean views, photogenic interiors and delightful treats and cuisine. Here are three ocean view spots to check out!

・Millac The Market

A multi-cultural complex, this is one of the hottest spots among locals for its unique interiors, trendy cafes and fun pop-up stores.

Address: 56, Millaksubyeon-ro 17beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Naver Map

Hours: 10 a.m. – midnight

・Ddubucks Gwangan

Enjoy croffles, desserts and a variety of beverages at this stunning café.

Address: 7th floor, 239 Gwangan-haebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Naver Map

Hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.


This café is well-known for its delicious cakes, so definitely save room for dessert.

Address: 5th floor, 38-1 Namcheonbada-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Naver Map

Hours: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Mon-Fri) / 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Sat-Sun)

2. Night view and drone show

The night views of Gwangalli Beach, illuminated by the spectacular lights of Gwangan Bridge, are mesmerizing. Every Saturday night, a 10-minute drone light show adds even more excitement to the stunning view, creating a festive atmosphere.

・Drone Light Show (Saturdays)

Mar. – Sep.: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Oct. – Feb.: 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.

3. Diverse water activities

Gwangalli Beach is a year-round marine activity destination, offering jet skis, banana boats, water playgrounds and even bubble parties during the summer. Surfing and paddle boarding continue until early fall, with some places operating yachts even during the winter months.

・Gwangalli Marine Leisure Sports Center

Address: 222 Gwangan-haebyeon-ro 54 beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan

Phone: 010-2898-0027

・Crazy Surfers

Address: 29 Gwangnam-ro 48beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan

Phone: 010-7708-9804

Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach caters to visitors of all ages, including families with children. With its magical views and vigorous waves, the beach remains beloved by all who visit Busan.

1. The Bay 101- Night view of Marine City

Surrounded by high-rise buildings of Marine City, this multi-cultural complex showcases a splendid night view unique to Busan. Capturing magical night view photos while enjoying beer and fish & chips at The Bay 101 is a must in Haeundae.

Address: 52 Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu, Naver Map

Hours: 8 a.m. – midnight

2. Yacht tour

Take a one-hour yacht tour for panoramic views of Haeundae and Gwangalli beaches. Sunset yacht tours, which include fireworks, are especially recommended.

Most yacht tour shops offer the same deal. Most tour operators, like the one you can take from The Bay 101, have yacht tickets that include free water, beverages, tea, blankets, hot packs and fireworks for the night tour.

・The Bay 101 Yacht Club

Course: The Bay 101➟Dongbackseom Island ➟ Haundae Beach ➟ Gwangan Bridge ➟ Gwangalli Beach ➟ Subyeon Park ➟ Marine City ➟ The Bay 101

Duration: 1 hour

Tickets: $11.45 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) / $ 22.9 (5 p.m. for sunset) / $ 15.25 (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.), booking through Klook

3. Iconic festivals

Haeundae Beach hosts a number of popular festivals annually, including the Busan International Film Festival, Polar Bear Festival, and New Year Festival. Here is the website for more information about festivals in Haeundae.

・Haeundae Light Festival

During the winter, enjoy beautiful illuminations alongside the winter sea.

Dates: Through Wed., Jan. 31 2024

Hours: 5:30 p.m. – midnight


・Haeundae Sand Festival

Every May, one of the greatest sand festivals takes place in Haeundae, featuring fascinating sand artworks from artists worldwide.

Dates: May (The specific dates vary every year)


Gyeongju City, known as the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla (57 BC-935), is a unique destination brimming with UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visitors can forge a special connection to Korea’s rich history while exploring every corner of the city often referred to as a museum without walls.

You can appreciate this blending of the past and present in Downtown Gyeongju. Here are three activities in the city’s downtown area that will undoubtedly make your trip unforgettable!

1. Wearing a Silla hanbok

Wearing hanbok, Korea’s traditional clothing, is a must-try experience at many historical sites around the Peninsula. In Geongju, you’ll find two types of hanboks, Joseon hanbok and Silla hanbok, which is available only in this city. The Silla hanbok is more luxurious and features more elaborate designs than those of the later Joseon Dynasty.

Rent a Silla hanbok and take some stunning photos at beautiful historical sites, such as Daereungwon Ancient Tombs and Woljeonggyo Bridge, as if you are Silla royalty.

Hanbok rental usually includes hairstyling service. Most shops don’t offer rental service during rainy weather. Late March to June and September to November are ideal times to try this activity. Wearing hanbok in hot or cold weather isn’t ideal, so make sure to check the weather before your visit.

・Doldam-gil Hanbok

Located near Daereungwon, they rent hanboks originally designed by them. Reservation is recommended (Naver or phone)

Address: 30-5, Cheomseong-ro 99beon-gil, Gyeongju-si, Naver Map+ Booking

Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Closed on Tuesdays)

Phone: 054-743-9458

Prices: 15,000 won for an hour (10,000 won is charged every one hour) / All day 50,000 won (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

・Gyochon Hanbok

It’s located near Gyochon Hanok Village and reservation by phone call is recommended.

Address: 39-6, Kyochon-gil, Gyeongju-si, Naver Map

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 010-5875-0852

Prices: 15,000 won for an hour (10,000 won is charged every one hour)

2. Bicycle trips

Downtown Gyeongju is a cyclist’s dream as it is easy to explore via bicycle and most destinations are a short ride away.

Tasila (타실라) is a public bicycle service operated by Gyeongju City, with over 100 rental stations in the downtown area. You can easily rent one and return it to any station. The one-day pass is only 1,000 won and bikes are easy to rent with the mobile app. However, only Korean service and Korean credit cards are currently available, so you may need help from your Korean friends or use a regular shop.

Recommended course: Daereungwon Stone Wall Trail ➟ Hwanglidan-gil Street ➟ Cheomseongdae Observatory ➟ Gyerim Forest ➟ Banwolseong Fortress ➟ Gyochon Hanok Village and Woljeonggyo Bridge ➟ Bunhwangsa Temple

・Silla Bike Rental (Regular shop)

Address: 8 Gyerim-ro, Gyeongju-si, Naver Map

Hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Closed when raining)

Prices: 5,000 won for two hours

3. Hanok café tours

Hwanglidan-gil Street is a true gem in Gyeongju. This street is home to a variety of cool cafés and restaurants in traditional Hanok houses. Many places offer unique fusion food and desserts that will please not only your taste buds but also your eyes.

・Skunk Works

One of the most beautiful hanok cafés in Gyeongju with ice cream and coffee.

Address: 1058-3, Poseok-ro, Gyeongju-si, Naver Map Hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

・Uhmamooshi (Hwangnam Branch)

Offering delightful tiramisus mixed with traditional ingredients like black sesame and injeolmi powder.

Address: 25-6, Cheomseong-ro 99beon-gil, Gyeongju-si, Naver Map

Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information about Gyeongju, including trip planning and destinations, please check this out.

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