I’m quite busy these days with my new schedule, but I know I’m long overdue for this post! So today I wanted to share the places to see and go while you’re in Yeosu.
Still to come:
Part Three: The Food
Part Four: The Nightlife
Part Five: Accomodations/Transportation
My last post was an overview to Yeosu. Yeosu is a gorgeous coastal town at the faaaaaaaaaaar south of Korea, around 3-3.5 hours from Seoul. It’s famous for it’s beauty from the bay, spectacular bridges, the Aquarium, Rail Bike….and THE FOOD!
Yeosu does not have a subway, but there are some buses. However, for the average tourist, the buses are not that easy to use. Even more, the buses are not THAT frequent and still don’t take you door to door….so taxi is the preferred way to hop around.
Most attractions are clustered around two places: Yeosu Expo Station and by Lee Sung Shin Plaza/the boardwalk park by the water.
This Google Map has pins for all the main places. **My computer is set to Korean, so I have to post things with Korean links. It SHOULD translate to English for you. If not, please do let me know!**
After I finished work, I headed down to Yi Sun Shin Plaza. Yi Sun Shin is very famous in Korean history for using the “turtle ship” to defeat the Japanese. With only 13 ships, he defated the Japanese fleet of 300.
In the downtown, they created a giant statue with roundabout and a big plaza for public events. Towards the waterfront, there is a replica ship you can go inside to see how the ship was setup, how it worked, their uniforms and duties, etc.
After we walked around Yi Sun Shin Plaza, we headed just around the corner to lunch at Min Su’s favorite childhood place. Fun fact: Many if not all restaurants in Yeosu were required to have some kind of English menu thanks to the Expo a few years ago. While we didn’t check (we speak Korean, of course), this is good news for most visitors.
After lunch, we took a quick 3,000W taxi over to the Expo Area and visited the Aquarium. Yeosu was home to the World EXPO in 2012 which was a big deal at the time, but now the whole Expo site is eerily empty and unused….except for this massive aquarium. The aquarium is of average size and has your standard array of animals. Worth a quick look.
After the aquarium, we walked about 10 minutes down to the GIANT elevator tower to access the cable car. As it was around 5 PM, there was quite a long line to access the elevator. Yes, you could take the stairs, but as you can see, there are a lot of them. We waited about 30 minutes for the elevator.
The cable car area was VERRRRRRRRRRRRRY busy with people. In fact, we waited around 30-45 minutes to board. Before you view anything, take pictures, go to the ticket window or machine FIRST. Get your tickets. They issue you a number and your number is called in groups of tickets. Then it is your time to board.
The cable car dropped us off in Dolsan Park, which was a short walk to where we were staying. We stayed in this area since it was cheap. A motel in the tourist area was priced at 100,000W or so, but this hotel (a short 4,000W taxi ride away) was 70,000W. There are other hotels in Yeoseo-dong that cost around 60,000W (but it’s a further taxi).
After a quick rest and phone recharge, we called a taxi for pickup to take us to the Fish Market. This area was very quiet, so you can’t just easily flag a taxi on the street. Downtown Yeosu, no problem though. Yeosu has two fish markets, one big that is more for trade…..and then the smaller one across the street.
The big fish market was closed by 8 PM on a Saturday, so one of the ladies told us to go across the street. This fish market was definitely busier, but did close around 11 PM.
The fish market has many stalls, but honestly all have the same kinds of fish and prices are clearly listed and all cost the same.
You buy the fish from the staff and they sashimi it right there on the spot. Then, to the side of the market are a row of restaurants. Choose whichever one you like as they’re really all the exact same. You pay a small fee, like 3,000 or 4,000W per person to sit. The restaurant will give you side dishes for free and take your fish bones and prepare a spicy fish soup with it. First you eat all your sashimi, and then when you’re done, they will bring out the soup.
After our dinner, we took a walk to see Min Su’s old elementary school and where he played as a kid by the water. It’s actually a VERY beautiful spot at the base of the Dolsan Bridge.
From there, we hopped in a taxi (3-4,000W) to Romantic Pocha Street which was closing up early. We visited again Sunday night and it was BUSY! Many places didn’t have a seat. Pocha is a term for street tent where you can eat and drink. It’s definitely an old Korea vibe. These pictures are from our visit on Sunday night:
On Sunday, we woke up late and headed for lunch at a restaurant recommended by our taxi driver. More on food later. Then we took a 6,000W taxi to the Rail Bike. We made a reservation online to avoid the wait. The rail bike is very simple. An old train track has been converted to allow bikes that run on the track. The reservation is an hour, but with a short wait to get on the bike, bike to the end of the path and turn around is just 35-40 minutes.
After the Rail Bike, we hopped a 4,000W taxi back to Odongdo (Odong Island). It is an island that is next to the Expo Site and the Aquarium, but we saved it for the second afternoon so we’d have enough time. It offers gorgeous views of the Bay, water, nature, everything. You just walk across a short bridge. Takes around an hour or so to walk the whole perimeter of the island.
After our walking tour of Odongdo, we headed out for the infamous soy sauce crabs. We closed out our night at Romantic Pocha as previously mentioned……then on the KTX back to Seoul!
Up next……….. FOOD FOOD FOOOOOOOOD.