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Romantic Landscape of Tongyeong Harbor and Fantasy Island Odedo Botania
Tongyeong and Geoje located in Gyeongsangnam-do, the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, is a region surrounded by beautiful harbor and archipelago. If you go four hours by bus from Seoul to Tongyeong, a vast blue sea, fresh seafood, and local cuisine are awaiting for travelers. The beautiful sights of Hallyeosudo with numerous islands and vast blue sea are the climax of Gyeongsangnamdo tour. One can view the fantastic scenery of Oedo Botania, an island full of tropical plants, by a cruise ship ride leaving from Geojedo to Hallyeosudo

*Travel routes
Day 1: Seoul - Tongyeong Gangguan Port- Dongpirang Village- Hallyeosudo Cable Car- Anchovy Hotel
Day 2: Oedo Botania - Seoul
Gangguan

"강구안 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gangguan?

"강구안 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Gangguan. It is located at .

"강구안은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gangguan?

"강구안(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Gangguan. It is located at .

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Fishing boats anchored at Gangguan Port with the view of Dongpirang Village behind of it.

Gangguan, the heart of Tongyeong tour, filled with beautiful harbor and food 


The scenery of white fishing boats anchored at Gangguan over the blue wave is romantic enough to nickname the location as the 'Naples of the Orient'. When visiting Tongyeong one must stop by Gangguan to enjoy the fish markets, restaurants, shops and accommodation leading from its 'U-shaped harbor. From day and night Gangguan is lively with the energy of people enjoying the stunning scenery and food at the port.

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Geobukseon model floating on Gangguan Sea / A statue of General Yi Sun-Sin, the designer of Geobukseon in the 16th century  

In front of Gangguan Munwha-madang, there are four Geobukseon models, a symbol of Gangguan, floating on the sea. The front sea of Tongyeong is the area where Korea’s most respected figure, General Yi Sun-Sin fought in ‘The Great Battle of Hasan’ against the Japanese navy in 1592. The inside of the Geobukseon, structured similarly to the navy ship at the time, can be seen as well as the chance to experience boat rowing and wearing navy clothing. Also the scenery when overlooking the harbor on the opposite side on the deck of Geobukseon is a true gem.

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Jungang Market having good qualities of live fish / 'Kkulppang' with bean curds inside and layer of honey on outside.

 

The plentiful delicious foods of Tongyeong are what attract tourists as much as the beautiful scenery of the ocean in Tongyeong. As well as various fish there are oysters, sea squirts, anchovies and other fresh seafood caught in the seas of Tongyeong. The most famous foods of Tongyeong are chungmu gimbap and sweet kkulppang (honey bread) which have developed by a simple idea of a snack for fishermen. During spring season, foods such as flounder ssukguk, woojjamyeon made by a mix of jjajang sauce on noodles, red beans and kidney beans, Baettegi porridge made out of nutritious dried sweet potatoes are well enjoyed. Other charming local foods include sirakguk which is made by adding miso and siraegi (dried radish greens) in a simmered eel bone broth.

 

The best place to enjoy the food of Tongyeong is the traditional market. The atmosphere of Jungang Market, the most visited market by travelers, is lively as a fluttering fish. At the entrance of the market, one can see the scene of haggling merchants and customers bargaining for the price of fish. After purchasing the fish for sashimi, by going to ‘Chojangjip’ restaurant inside the market, one can eat raw fish sliced instantly on the spot with only 3,000 won for a table price. Seoho Market is the oldest market of Tongyeong, and sells live and dried fish from 5:00 am. The fishermen who have completed their work stop by Seoho Market to fill their stomachs with hot soups at the small restaurants inside the market.

 

Tip. Traditional Markets Visitor Information

Jungang market

Address: Gyeongnam Tongyeong-si Jungang Market Road 1-gil 14-16

Hours: 10:00 to 21:00

Seoho Market

Address: Gyeongnam Tongyeong-si Saeteo-gil 42-7

Hours: 5:00 to 21:00

* Operating hours may vary per store

 

Tip. Geobukseon and Chosun Warships Exhibition Information

Address: Gyeongnam Tongyeong Hangnam-dong 1-60

Opening hours: March to October 9:00 to 18:00 / November to February 09:00 to 17:00

 * Closed on Monday

Admission: 2,000 won

Touring Time: 30 minutes

 

Chungmu Gimbap, Soul Food, of Tongyeong


One of the foods representative of Tongyeong is chungmu gimbap. It is a gimbap half the size of a hand eaten with pickled squid and radish kimchi as a side dish. If trying chungmu gimbap for the first time, it may look and taste rather simple making one’s head to tilt. But the well-seasoned side dishes and gimbap creates a simple but harmonious flavor in one’s mouth, having an attractive quality of longing for its taste on and on. An old story background of the food is also the reason for chungmu gimbap’s fame. The story goes that a fisherman’s wife made simple gimbap for her husband who had often skipped meals because of work. The problem was that the food was easily spoiled at the sea. The solution was to pack the rice and side dishes separately. This method of eating eventually led to other fishermen to eat the same leading it to the current recipe of chungmu gimbap. Many chungmu gimbap restaurants are located on a street across Geobukseon of Gangguan Port. Ttungbo Halmae Gimbap and Hanil Gimbap are the most famous restaurants. The price range is 4000-4500 won per serving.

 

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Squid, odeng (fish cake), chungmu gimbap eaten with radish kimchi and picked vegetables mixed with green onion /
Chungmu gimbap restaurant of 3 generations 'Halmae Gimbap'

 

Dongpirang

"동피랑 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Dongpirang?

"동피랑 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Dongpirang. It is located at .

"동피랑은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Dongpirang?

"동피랑(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Dongpirang. It is located at .

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The popular photo zone of Dongpirang Village where one can take a photo of wings attachment 

Dongpirang, a Mural Village, Like a Fairy Tale Picturesque


Located on the hills behind the Jungang Market, Dongpirang Village is a famous mural village in Korea. The village is entangled in a maze of dozens of alleys with murals drawn from scenes of fairy tales. The tourists are willing to climb the narrow hills to take good pictures as well as strolling around the alleys of the village. After going up the spiral road to the observation deck of Dongpirang, a panoramic view of Gangguan can be seen. 
There are shelter and many sights to see for those who come to Dongpirang Village knowing its charm of the place. There is a café to enjoy a cool beverage looking over the landscape of the sea, art shops selling small accessories and postcard, and small guesthouses and bed & breakfast located all over the alleys. The businesses of Dongpirang are all operated by the villagers.

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Unique painting on each of the murals of Dongpirang. 

The 80 households of Dongpirang Village have once faced a crisis of village redevelopment. In 2007, one of the environmental organizations in Tongyeong created a mural village out of Dongpirang to save the village. Student and painters from 70 organizations volunteered to draw pictures on the walls of the village. By looking at each of the houses in the village, unique pictures of Dongpirang, Gangguan, and sea are drawn on the murals. It delivers a warm and hopeful message to visitors who stop by the village. Store the image of the colorful murals and vast blue sea by walking on the steps of Dongpirang which has the meaning ‘hills of the East.’ 

Hallreyosudo

"한려수도 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Hallreyosudo?

"한려수도 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Hallreyosudo. It is located at .

"한려수도은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Hallreyosudo?

"한려수도(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Hallreyosudo. It is located at .

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The view of Hallreyosudo landscape from the summit of Mireuksan.

The beautiful sight of Hallreyosudo on a cable car 


Hallreyosudo, the coast of Namhae, from Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do to Yeosu, Jeollanam-do has numerous islands at its tranquil sea presenting a magnificent sight. The best way to see the panoramic view of Hallreyosudo in Tongyeong is by going on a cable car to Mireuksan. The landscape of Mireuksan and Hallryeosudo overlooking from the cable car windshield is thrilling yet excites one’s heart. 
A travel length of 1975m, the destination of Mireuksan is reached after 10 minute ride on the   Korea’s longest cable car ride. There are two different routes to the summit of Mireuksan which the view of its landscape can both be enjoyed from choosing a different route on the way and way back. After climbing the walking trails of the mountain slopes, picturesque sight of Hallyeosudo can be seen from the observatories located throughout the area.

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Korea’s longest length of cable car, Hallreyosudo Cable Car / A walking trail leading to the top of Mireuksan 

There is an observatory to view the historical site of Tongyeong’s front sea where General Yi Sun -Sin led the Great Battle of Hansan and Battle of Dangpo in 1952. At the summit of Mireuksan, an altitude of 416 meters, there is a Sinseondae Observatory. The endless sea and numerous islands seen from a panoramic view on top of Sinseondae Observatory will blow one’s mind. On a day of clear weather, one can see as far ahead as Daemado of Japan, Cheonwangbong of Jirisan, and Yeosu Dolsando.

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Bongsudae located at the top of Mireuksan 

After climbing on the summit, how about writing a postcard to treasure the beautiful moment offered by Hallreyosudo? After writing a letter on a postcard available at Sinseondae Observatory, place it in the mailbox and it will be delivered to its address. The mail box is divided into ‘quick mailbox’ delivered after one week and ‘slow mailbox’ delivered after one year. The memory of Hallreyosudo delivered after a period of one year will definitely be special. 

 

Tip. Hallyeosudo Cable Car Visitor Information

Address: Gyeongnam Tongyeong-si Balgae-ro 205

Operating hours: October to February 09:30 to 17:00

March, September, 09:30 to 18:00

April to August 09:30 to 19:00

* Cable car ride finish 1 hour before operation hour

* Booking cable car ticket in advance for weekends and summer vacation season is recommended

Fee: ₩ 10,000 round-trip / One-way ₩ 6,500

Touring Time: 2 hours

Web pagecablecar.ttdc.kr

 

Sea squirt bibimbap filled with the scent of sea breeze

 

A must try seafood out of many numerous seafood caught in Tongyeong are sea squirts. Approximately 70% of the sea squirt produced in Korea is caught in Tongyeong, and May-June is its season. Tongyeong Fisheries recommendation of restaurant is ‘Meonggega’ serving variety of dishes using sea squirts as an ingredient. In particular, sea squirt bibimbap made by sea squirts finely chopped with tots (Sargassaceae), dried seaweed, cucumber, and sliced fried eggs as a topping with addition of jeotguk (fish sauce) and mussels extract to enhance the flavor is the most popular menu here. The sea squirt bibimbap served immaculately and luxuriously on a brassware gives a quality of freshness, and slightly bitter tasting sea squirts and crunchy tots are well matched giving it a plain and refreshing flavors. Sea squirts salad, sweet and sour squirts and sea squirts sikhae (fermented fish with grains) are the unique menus that are not often seen in any other restaurants. If you want to try a sea squirt properly, order a sea squirt cuisine set menu.

 

Price: ₩ 10,000 sea squirt bibimbap / sea squirt cuisine set menu ₩ 22,000 per person (two or more order)

 

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Fresh sea squirt bibimbap served in brassware / The outside of the sea squirt restaurant, Meonggega  

BENIKEA Anchovy Tourist Hotel

Anchovy Hotel is the one and only tourist hotels in Tongyeong, certified by the Korea Tourism Organization for Excellent Business Hotel Brand 'BENIKEA'. It is located between Gangguan and Yi Sun-Sin Park, the main attractions of Tongyeong, and is a convenient walking distance to tour spots such as Nammangsan Sculpture Park, and Dongpirang Village.

The hotel building is in front of Dongho Port, providing a graceful atmosphere from the room window view of the sea and the boats anchored in the harbor. When booking a room it is wise to choose a room with a view of the ocean. The rooms are from standard, deluxe, residence, and suites, and provide a spacious room of clean facilities and beds with equipped cleansing products. A café via a lobby is located on first floor and free coffee coupon is offered to all hotel customers.

The brunch menu order start at 7:30 a.m. of bread, eggs, sausage, bacon, salad, and other variety of dishes. The 'Anchovy Hotel' was named for the reason the hotel owner is doing anchovy business along with it. The hotel gives out a bag of dried anchovies as a welcome gift during check-ins.

 

Address: Gyeongnam, Tongyeong-si, Dongho-ro 56

Charge: Standard 75,000 ~ 120,000 won / Deluxe 100,000 ~ 170,000 won /

Residences 150,000 ~ 300,000 won / Suite 250,000 ~ 500,000 won

Web pagewww.anchovyhotel.com

* Reservation available through BENIKEA(www.benikea.com) Website

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Window view of Dongho Port inside the room / Brunch cafe located on the first floor 

Oedo Botania

"외도 보타니아 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Oedo Botania?

"외도 보타니아 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Oedo Botania. It is located at .

"외도 보타니아은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Oedo Botania?

"외도 보타니아(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Oedo Botania. It is located at .

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Oedo with its beautiful sea and botanical gardens

Paradise Oedo Botania and Exploring the Rocky Cliffs of Haegeumgang

 

Located on South of Geoje Island, Odeo Botania Island is as the name implies is a huge botanical garden. The picturesque of the verdant island looking as it’s floating above the vast blue sea has over 700 plants species including rare subtropical plants and structures of temples and sculptures often seen from Greece. Every plant and trees in Oedo is felt as though a delicate touch of skills has been given, leaving an impression of a well decorated luxurious garden. 

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A marble statue of Venus Garden / Trimmed trees in unique shapes near the entrance 

Venus Garden decorated with a marble statue, cactus garden of strange shapes, Stairway to Heaven decorated of neatly trimmed garden tree along the slopes, presents the exotic yet intense landscape of Oedo. The well matched color of shrub with the blue sea and the Mediterranean style of buildings can be seen, which also have appeared on final scenes of the TV drama <Winter Sonata>. Oedo is divided into dongdo and seodo, which dondo is covered entirely of Dongbaek forest, and seodo with a park of an area of 33㎢. Because the tour sites are created without touching the natural topography, most of the trails are uphill.

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Flowers planted under the Cupid statue / A small church on the Hills of Meditation

Due to the mild climate and abundance of water surrounding the island, variety of tropical plants grow on Oedo. The landscape of Oedo was not always the same as now. In 1969, a couple has by coincidence have visited a secluded island, and fell in love with the friendly residents and beautiful nature of the place eventually leading the couples to buy the whole island. After 30 years of sweats shed to reform the barren land, now Oedo has been reborn as a paradise of variety of plant species. 

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Haegeumgang filled with rock islands with rocky cliffs. / Jangseungpo cruise ship around Haegeumgang and Oedo

To visit Oedo, one must take a cruise ship from Jangseungpo or Gujora Ports in Geoje-do. If seeing Oedo after visiting Tongyeong, Jangseungpo Port is more convenient transportation. The cruise ship is anchored at Oedo for 1 hour 30 minutes. Within the time limit, one must look around and comeback to board the ship. Before reaching Oedo, Jangseungpo cruise ship stops by Haegeumgang, a distance of 7~8 minutes by ship from Odeo.

 

Haegeumgang, two large rock islands located side by side, is named with the meaning of ‘Kumgang Mountain on sea’ for its resemblance of the famous Kumgang Mountain of North Korea. The two islands are mysterious shaped formed by sheered rocky cliffs of Saja Bawi Rock, and Praying Seonnyeo (Fairy) Rock. In particular, passing through the cave formed by marine erosion is the highlight of Haegeumgang tour.

 

Tip. Botania Oedo Visitor Information

Address: Gyeongnam, Geoje, ilun-myeon, oedo-gil 17

Opening hours: 07:30 to 19:00

Admission: 11,000 won (purchase tickets at cruise ship terminal)

Touring Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Web pagewww.oedobotania.com

 

Tip. Jangseungpo Cruise Ship Visitor Information (Oedo + Haegeumgang course)

Address: Gyeongnam Geoje-si Jangseung-ro 138 Jangseungpo cruise ship terminal

(5 minutes by taxi from Jangseungpo intercity bus terminal)

Price: ₩ 14,000

Duration: about 3 hours

Ticketing and how to board: Must purchase tickets 30 minutes before boarding and

fill out a boarding list

Reservation available on site or online

* Early booking of a ticket is recommended in case of being sold out on weekends or during peak season.

Web pagebluecitygeoje.com (Korean)

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Jangseungpo Cruise Ship Terminal

Sweet and sour mulhoe captivates taste buds

 

There are restaurants to eat gejang (marinated crab), seafood stew in a hot pot, and soft tofu soup nearby Jangseungpo Cruise Ship Terminal. However, if you want to taste the fresh slices of raw fish, visit the Wonhuijeong Sashimi House which is 5 minutes away by taxi and 20 minutes walking distance from the terminal. Only using the fresh fish available, its menus include assorted raw fish serving size for numerous people, and menus for one person such as mulhoe and sushi, served with generous amounts of side dishes. The mulhoe here is different from other restaurants using slightly frozen sauce with generous amount of sliced raw fish and vegetables on top. When stirring the sauce, the ice melts naturally soaking its flavors into the ingredients. By adding rice or noodles into the broth, it becomes a solid meal especially during a hot summer day when you are lacking in appetite.

 

Price range: ₩ 12,000 mulhoe / sushi ₩ 15,000 / assorted sashimi 50,000 ~ 150,000 won

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Mulhoe covered with slightly frozen sweet and sour sauce / Slices of raw fish served at Wonhuijeong Sashimi House near Jangseungpo Port 

Romantic Landscape of Tongyeong Harbor and Fantasy Island Odedo Botania
Tongyeong and Geoje located in Gyeongsangnam-do, the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, is a region surrounded by beautiful harbor and archipelago. If you go four hours by bus from Seoul to Tongyeong, a vast blue sea, fresh seafood, and local cuisine are awaiting for travelers. The beautiful sights of Hallyeosudo with numerous islands and vast blue sea are the climax of Gyeongsangnamdo tour. One can view the fantastic scenery of Oedo Botania, an island full of tropical plants, by a cruise ship ride leaving from Geojedo to Hallyeosudo

*Travel routes
Day 1: Seoul - Tongyeong Gangguan Port- Dongpirang Village- Hallyeosudo Cable Car- Anchovy Hotel
Day 2: Oedo Botania - Seoul
Gangguan

"강구안 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gangguan?

"강구안 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Gangguan. It is located at .

"강구안은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gangguan?

"강구안(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Gangguan. It is located at .

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Fishing boats anchored at Gangguan Port with the view of Dongpirang Village behind of it.

Gangguan, the heart of Tongyeong tour, filled with beautiful harbor and food 


The scenery of white fishing boats anchored at Gangguan over the blue wave is romantic enough to nickname the location as the 'Naples of the Orient'. When visiting Tongyeong one must stop by Gangguan to enjoy the fish markets, restaurants, shops and accommodation leading from its 'U-shaped harbor. From day and night Gangguan is lively with the energy of people enjoying the stunning scenery and food at the port.

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Geobukseon model floating on Gangguan Sea / A statue of General Yi Sun-Sin, the designer of Geobukseon in the 16th century  

In front of Gangguan Munwha-madang, there are four Geobukseon models, a symbol of Gangguan, floating on the sea. The front sea of Tongyeong is the area where Korea’s most respected figure, General Yi Sun-Sin fought in ‘The Great Battle of Hasan’ against the Japanese navy in 1592. The inside of the Geobukseon, structured similarly to the navy ship at the time, can be seen as well as the chance to experience boat rowing and wearing navy clothing. Also the scenery when overlooking the harbor on the opposite side on the deck of Geobukseon is a true gem.

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Jungang Market having good qualities of live fish / 'Kkulppang' with bean curds inside and layer of honey on outside.

 

The plentiful delicious foods of Tongyeong are what attract tourists as much as the beautiful scenery of the ocean in Tongyeong. As well as various fish there are oysters, sea squirts, anchovies and other fresh seafood caught in the seas of Tongyeong. The most famous foods of Tongyeong are chungmu gimbap and sweet kkulppang (honey bread) which have developed by a simple idea of a snack for fishermen. During spring season, foods such as flounder ssukguk, woojjamyeon made by a mix of jjajang sauce on noodles, red beans and kidney beans, Baettegi porridge made out of nutritious dried sweet potatoes are well enjoyed. Other charming local foods include sirakguk which is made by adding miso and siraegi (dried radish greens) in a simmered eel bone broth.

 

The best place to enjoy the food of Tongyeong is the traditional market. The atmosphere of Jungang Market, the most visited market by travelers, is lively as a fluttering fish. At the entrance of the market, one can see the scene of haggling merchants and customers bargaining for the price of fish. After purchasing the fish for sashimi, by going to ‘Chojangjip’ restaurant inside the market, one can eat raw fish sliced instantly on the spot with only 3,000 won for a table price. Seoho Market is the oldest market of Tongyeong, and sells live and dried fish from 5:00 am. The fishermen who have completed their work stop by Seoho Market to fill their stomachs with hot soups at the small restaurants inside the market.

 

Tip. Traditional Markets Visitor Information

Jungang market

Address: Gyeongnam Tongyeong-si Jungang Market Road 1-gil 14-16

Hours: 10:00 to 21:00

Seoho Market

Address: Gyeongnam Tongyeong-si Saeteo-gil 42-7

Hours: 5:00 to 21:00

* Operating hours may vary per store

 

Tip. Geobukseon and Chosun Warships Exhibition Information

Address: Gyeongnam Tongyeong Hangnam-dong 1-60

Opening hours: March to October 9:00 to 18:00 / November to February 09:00 to 17:00

 * Closed on Monday

Admission: 2,000 won

Touring Time: 30 minutes

 

Chungmu Gimbap, Soul Food, of Tongyeong


One of the foods representative of Tongyeong is chungmu gimbap. It is a gimbap half the size of a hand eaten with pickled squid and radish kimchi as a side dish. If trying chungmu gimbap for the first time, it may look and taste rather simple making one’s head to tilt. But the well-seasoned side dishes and gimbap creates a simple but harmonious flavor in one’s mouth, having an attractive quality of longing for its taste on and on. An old story background of the food is also the reason for chungmu gimbap’s fame. The story goes that a fisherman’s wife made simple gimbap for her husband who had often skipped meals because of work. The problem was that the food was easily spoiled at the sea. The solution was to pack the rice and side dishes separately. This method of eating eventually led to other fishermen to eat the same leading it to the current recipe of chungmu gimbap. Many chungmu gimbap restaurants are located on a street across Geobukseon of Gangguan Port. Ttungbo Halmae Gimbap and Hanil Gimbap are the most famous restaurants. The price range is 4000-4500 won per serving.

 

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Squid, odeng (fish cake), chungmu gimbap eaten with radish kimchi and picked vegetables mixed with green onion /
Chungmu gimbap restaurant of 3 generations 'Halmae Gimbap'

 

Dongpirang

"동피랑 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Dongpirang?

"동피랑 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Dongpirang. It is located at .

"동피랑은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Dongpirang?

"동피랑(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Dongpirang. It is located at .

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The popular photo zone of Dongpirang Village where one can take a photo of wings attachment 

Dongpirang, a Mural Village, Like a Fairy Tale Picturesque


Located on the hills behind the Jungang Market, Dongpirang Village is a famous mural village in Korea. The village is entangled in a maze of dozens of alleys with murals drawn from scenes of fairy tales. The tourists are willing to climb the narrow hills to take good pictures as well as strolling around the alleys of the village. After going up the spiral road to the observation deck of Dongpirang, a panoramic view of Gangguan can be seen. 
There are shelter and many sights to see for those who come to Dongpirang Village knowing its charm of the place. There is a café to enjoy a cool beverage looking over the landscape of the sea, art shops selling small accessories and postcard, and small guesthouses and bed & breakfast located all over the alleys. The businesses of Dongpirang are all operated by the villagers.

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Unique painting on each of the murals of Dongpirang. 

The 80 households of Dongpirang Village have once faced a crisis of village redevelopment. In 2007, one of the environmental organizations in Tongyeong created a mural village out of Dongpirang to save the village. Student and painters from 70 organizations volunteered to draw pictures on the walls of the village. By looking at each of the houses in the village, unique pictures of Dongpirang, Gangguan, and sea are drawn on the murals. It delivers a warm and hopeful message to visitors who stop by the village. Store the image of the colorful murals and vast blue sea by walking on the steps of Dongpirang which has the meaning ‘hills of the East.’ 

Hallreyosudo

"한려수도 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Hallreyosudo?

"한려수도 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Hallreyosudo. It is located at .

"한려수도은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Hallreyosudo?

"한려수도(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Hallreyosudo. It is located at .

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The view of Hallreyosudo landscape from the summit of Mireuksan.

The beautiful sight of Hallreyosudo on a cable car 


Hallreyosudo, the coast of Namhae, from Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do to Yeosu, Jeollanam-do has numerous islands at its tranquil sea presenting a magnificent sight. The best way to see the panoramic view of Hallreyosudo in Tongyeong is by going on a cable car to Mireuksan. The landscape of Mireuksan and Hallryeosudo overlooking from the cable car windshield is thrilling yet excites one’s heart. 
A travel length of 1975m, the destination of Mireuksan is reached after 10 minute ride on the   Korea’s longest cable car ride. There are two different routes to the summit of Mireuksan which the view of its landscape can both be enjoyed from choosing a different route on the way and way back. After climbing the walking trails of the mountain slopes, picturesque sight of Hallyeosudo can be seen from the observatories located throughout the area.

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Korea’s longest length of cable car, Hallreyosudo Cable Car / A walking trail leading to the top of Mireuksan 

There is an observatory to view the historical site of Tongyeong’s front sea where General Yi Sun -Sin led the Great Battle of Hansan and Battle of Dangpo in 1952. At the summit of Mireuksan, an altitude of 416 meters, there is a Sinseondae Observatory. The endless sea and numerous islands seen from a panoramic view on top of Sinseondae Observatory will blow one’s mind. On a day of clear weather, one can see as far ahead as Daemado of Japan, Cheonwangbong of Jirisan, and Yeosu Dolsando.

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Bongsudae located at the top of Mireuksan 

After climbing on the summit, how about writing a postcard to treasure the beautiful moment offered by Hallreyosudo? After writing a letter on a postcard available at Sinseondae Observatory, place it in the mailbox and it will be delivered to its address. The mail box is divided into ‘quick mailbox’ delivered after one week and ‘slow mailbox’ delivered after one year. The memory of Hallreyosudo delivered after a period of one year will definitely be special. 

 

Tip. Hallyeosudo Cable Car Visitor Information

Address: Gyeongnam Tongyeong-si Balgae-ro 205

Operating hours: October to February 09:30 to 17:00

March, September, 09:30 to 18:00

April to August 09:30 to 19:00

* Cable car ride finish 1 hour before operation hour

* Booking cable car ticket in advance for weekends and summer vacation season is recommended

Fee: ₩ 10,000 round-trip / One-way ₩ 6,500

Touring Time: 2 hours

Web pagecablecar.ttdc.kr

 

Sea squirt bibimbap filled with the scent of sea breeze

 

A must try seafood out of many numerous seafood caught in Tongyeong are sea squirts. Approximately 70% of the sea squirt produced in Korea is caught in Tongyeong, and May-June is its season. Tongyeong Fisheries recommendation of restaurant is ‘Meonggega’ serving variety of dishes using sea squirts as an ingredient. In particular, sea squirt bibimbap made by sea squirts finely chopped with tots (Sargassaceae), dried seaweed, cucumber, and sliced fried eggs as a topping with addition of jeotguk (fish sauce) and mussels extract to enhance the flavor is the most popular menu here. The sea squirt bibimbap served immaculately and luxuriously on a brassware gives a quality of freshness, and slightly bitter tasting sea squirts and crunchy tots are well matched giving it a plain and refreshing flavors. Sea squirts salad, sweet and sour squirts and sea squirts sikhae (fermented fish with grains) are the unique menus that are not often seen in any other restaurants. If you want to try a sea squirt properly, order a sea squirt cuisine set menu.

 

Price: ₩ 10,000 sea squirt bibimbap / sea squirt cuisine set menu ₩ 22,000 per person (two or more order)

 

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Fresh sea squirt bibimbap served in brassware / The outside of the sea squirt restaurant, Meonggega  

BENIKEA Anchovy Tourist Hotel

Anchovy Hotel is the one and only tourist hotels in Tongyeong, certified by the Korea Tourism Organization for Excellent Business Hotel Brand 'BENIKEA'. It is located between Gangguan and Yi Sun-Sin Park, the main attractions of Tongyeong, and is a convenient walking distance to tour spots such as Nammangsan Sculpture Park, and Dongpirang Village.

The hotel building is in front of Dongho Port, providing a graceful atmosphere from the room window view of the sea and the boats anchored in the harbor. When booking a room it is wise to choose a room with a view of the ocean. The rooms are from standard, deluxe, residence, and suites, and provide a spacious room of clean facilities and beds with equipped cleansing products. A café via a lobby is located on first floor and free coffee coupon is offered to all hotel customers.

The brunch menu order start at 7:30 a.m. of bread, eggs, sausage, bacon, salad, and other variety of dishes. The 'Anchovy Hotel' was named for the reason the hotel owner is doing anchovy business along with it. The hotel gives out a bag of dried anchovies as a welcome gift during check-ins.

 

Address: Gyeongnam, Tongyeong-si, Dongho-ro 56

Charge: Standard 75,000 ~ 120,000 won / Deluxe 100,000 ~ 170,000 won /

Residences 150,000 ~ 300,000 won / Suite 250,000 ~ 500,000 won

Web pagewww.anchovyhotel.com

* Reservation available through BENIKEA(www.benikea.com) Website

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Window view of Dongho Port inside the room / Brunch cafe located on the first floor 

Oedo Botania

"외도 보타니아 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Oedo Botania?

"외도 보타니아 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Oedo Botania. It is located at .

"외도 보타니아은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Oedo Botania?

"외도 보타니아(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Oedo Botania. It is located at .

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Oedo with its beautiful sea and botanical gardens

Paradise Oedo Botania and Exploring the Rocky Cliffs of Haegeumgang

 

Located on South of Geoje Island, Odeo Botania Island is as the name implies is a huge botanical garden. The picturesque of the verdant island looking as it’s floating above the vast blue sea has over 700 plants species including rare subtropical plants and structures of temples and sculptures often seen from Greece. Every plant and trees in Oedo is felt as though a delicate touch of skills has been given, leaving an impression of a well decorated luxurious garden. 

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A marble statue of Venus Garden / Trimmed trees in unique shapes near the entrance 

Venus Garden decorated with a marble statue, cactus garden of strange shapes, Stairway to Heaven decorated of neatly trimmed garden tree along the slopes, presents the exotic yet intense landscape of Oedo. The well matched color of shrub with the blue sea and the Mediterranean style of buildings can be seen, which also have appeared on final scenes of the TV drama <Winter Sonata>. Oedo is divided into dongdo and seodo, which dondo is covered entirely of Dongbaek forest, and seodo with a park of an area of 33㎢. Because the tour sites are created without touching the natural topography, most of the trails are uphill.

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Flowers planted under the Cupid statue / A small church on the Hills of Meditation

Due to the mild climate and abundance of water surrounding the island, variety of tropical plants grow on Oedo. The landscape of Oedo was not always the same as now. In 1969, a couple has by coincidence have visited a secluded island, and fell in love with the friendly residents and beautiful nature of the place eventually leading the couples to buy the whole island. After 30 years of sweats shed to reform the barren land, now Oedo has been reborn as a paradise of variety of plant species. 

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Haegeumgang filled with rock islands with rocky cliffs. / Jangseungpo cruise ship around Haegeumgang and Oedo

To visit Oedo, one must take a cruise ship from Jangseungpo or Gujora Ports in Geoje-do. If seeing Oedo after visiting Tongyeong, Jangseungpo Port is more convenient transportation. The cruise ship is anchored at Oedo for 1 hour 30 minutes. Within the time limit, one must look around and comeback to board the ship. Before reaching Oedo, Jangseungpo cruise ship stops by Haegeumgang, a distance of 7~8 minutes by ship from Odeo.

 

Haegeumgang, two large rock islands located side by side, is named with the meaning of ‘Kumgang Mountain on sea’ for its resemblance of the famous Kumgang Mountain of North Korea. The two islands are mysterious shaped formed by sheered rocky cliffs of Saja Bawi Rock, and Praying Seonnyeo (Fairy) Rock. In particular, passing through the cave formed by marine erosion is the highlight of Haegeumgang tour.

 

Tip. Botania Oedo Visitor Information

Address: Gyeongnam, Geoje, ilun-myeon, oedo-gil 17

Opening hours: 07:30 to 19:00

Admission: 11,000 won (purchase tickets at cruise ship terminal)

Touring Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Web pagewww.oedobotania.com

 

Tip. Jangseungpo Cruise Ship Visitor Information (Oedo + Haegeumgang course)

Address: Gyeongnam Geoje-si Jangseung-ro 138 Jangseungpo cruise ship terminal

(5 minutes by taxi from Jangseungpo intercity bus terminal)

Price: ₩ 14,000

Duration: about 3 hours

Ticketing and how to board: Must purchase tickets 30 minutes before boarding and

fill out a boarding list

Reservation available on site or online

* Early booking of a ticket is recommended in case of being sold out on weekends or during peak season.

Web pagebluecitygeoje.com (Korean)

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Jangseungpo Cruise Ship Terminal

Sweet and sour mulhoe captivates taste buds

 

There are restaurants to eat gejang (marinated crab), seafood stew in a hot pot, and soft tofu soup nearby Jangseungpo Cruise Ship Terminal. However, if you want to taste the fresh slices of raw fish, visit the Wonhuijeong Sashimi House which is 5 minutes away by taxi and 20 minutes walking distance from the terminal. Only using the fresh fish available, its menus include assorted raw fish serving size for numerous people, and menus for one person such as mulhoe and sushi, served with generous amounts of side dishes. The mulhoe here is different from other restaurants using slightly frozen sauce with generous amount of sliced raw fish and vegetables on top. When stirring the sauce, the ice melts naturally soaking its flavors into the ingredients. By adding rice or noodles into the broth, it becomes a solid meal especially during a hot summer day when you are lacking in appetite.

 

Price range: ₩ 12,000 mulhoe / sushi ₩ 15,000 / assorted sashimi 50,000 ~ 150,000 won

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Mulhoe covered with slightly frozen sweet and sour sauce / Slices of raw fish served at Wonhuijeong Sashimi House near Jangseungpo Port 

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