Hansando Island (Photo by Hyemin Lee)

Hansando Island (Photo by Hyemin Lee) ()

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:

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

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


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