If Angel Mural Village in Goso-dong is your destination, we recommend starting at Opodae. It'll treat you with a panoramic view of Angel Mural Village to set the mood. If you enjoy hiking, Yeongchwisan is your best bet. If you happen to be visiting in spring, you'll be greeted with spectacular azaleas and cherry blossoms in bloom that color the mountain ridge. We recommend Kukdong Waterfront Park if fishing is more your style. There are plenty of amenities for those who want to enjoy a bit of casual fishing.

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    Dolsan Park

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    Dolsan Park is your best bet for a panoramic view of Yeosu in its full glory at a glance. The park is situated at the entrance to Dolsan Island off the coast of Yeosu and is considered a must-see destination. The best views of the city can be had at night when Dolsan Bridge and Yeosu Port are fully lit. Dolsan Park is also home to a marine aerial cableway that will take you over the sea to Jasan Park. It takes about 15 minutes to cross, and you can sit back and savor bird's-eye views of the surrounding sea, Yeosu, Janggundo, Geobukseon Bridge and Hamel Lighthouse.

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    Yeongchwisan

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    Mt. Yeongchwi in Yeosu is one of the country’s top spots for viewing azaleas. So much so, in fact, that azalea festivals are held when the flowers are in bloom. The mountain can be hiked via a variety of courses according to your skill level, and when you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view of Yeosu and the surrounding sea, as well as the azaleas and cherry blossoms that color the mountains. For something a little different, wait until sunset to discover a dazzling display of lights put on by the factories at Yeosu Industrial Complex and the reflecting Yeosu sea.

    Location: Jungheung-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

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    Sky Tower Observation Deck

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    The Sky Tower Observation Deck is a symbol of Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park along with Big-O Show. This structure, which plays the sounds of a pipe organ five times a day from spring to autumn, was originally a cement silo for Dongyang Cement, but it was remodeled after the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea was held and transformed into the observatory that you see today. Nothing obstructs your view at the observatory, so you can really appreciate an unhindered view of all of Yeosu's top tourist spots.

    Location: International Pavilion, 1 Bangnamhoe-gil, Deokchung-dong, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm

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    Hamel Lighthouse

    Hamel Lighthouse is an unmanned lighthouse built to commemorate Hamel's return to his home country. Hamel is famous for the Journal of Hendrick Hamel. The lighthouse has a romantic atmosphere with its red color contrasting with the blue sea and sky. It’s loved greatly by couples. The nearby Hamel Pavilion is open to the public with no entrance fee, and you can learn historical facts about Hamel's drifting. Also, at night, the lighthouse and Geobukseon Bridge are lit up and really shine, so you can enjoy a beautiful night-time view.

    Location: Jonghwa-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

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    Reverend Son Yangwon Martyr Memorial Hall

    Fascinating tribute to a beloved Korean martyr

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    Reverend Son Yangwon Martyr Memorial Hall offers a thought-provoking insight into the life of the iconic religious leader after which it is named. Born in 1902, Christian pastor Son Yangwon became an iconic figure during Korea's struggle for independence from Japanese occupation, and later in the Korean War.

    The Memorial Hall was built in 1994 to commemorate his legacy, following his untimely demise at the hands of North Korean soldiers in 1950. The hall is home to an intriguing collection of artifacts and keepsakes honoring Son, including an array of photos, books, calligraphy and artwork. Though poignant, the elegant architecture and striking stained glassed dome add an air of peaceful reflection to this most historic site.

    Location: 70-62 Sandol-gil, Yulchon-myeon, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)61-682-9534

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    Kukdong Waterfront Park

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    Kukdong Waterfront Park is a well-furnished fishing spot and is characterized by many people setting up chairs or tents along the beach and casting their fishing rods. You can enjoy fishing without a lot of preparation as fishing supplies are available at a nearby hypermarket. When you've waited long enough and are hungry, you can order food from a nearby store and eat it. The unique experience of fishing in an urban park can only be found here, so be sure to visit if you're into fishing.

    Location: Bongsan-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

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    Opodae

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    Opodae was once a tower where an opo (lit. "midday cannon") was shot exactly at midday to indicate the time. During the period of Japanese occupation, it was also used to signal emergencies. Of these types of towers, Opodae still remains in excellent condition. The iron staircase within has corroded and been demolished, but there is an observatory where you can get a nice view of Dolsan Park and the coast of Yeosu. If you want to check out Angel Mural Village, famous for its angel wing murals, Opodae makes the perfect starting point.

    Location: 8 Goso 6-gil, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

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    Jongpo Marine Park

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    Jongpo Marine Park is a park built along the coast by Yi Sun Shin Square in downtown Yeosu. Yi Sun Shin Square can be found to the west, and Hamel Lighthouse can be found to the southeast. There's nothing better than taking a walk in the park to fully appreciate Yeosu's seascape. You can view Yeosu sea, Dolsan Bridge, Janggundo Island, Tortoiseon Bridge and the marine aerial cableway at a glance. Yeosu is a city of lights that really comes alive at night. Yeosu Street Food Market is a famous night-time hot spot that's filled with people enjoying the Yeosu sea at night.

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    Bangjukpo Beach

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    Bangjukpo Beach is a small, cozy beach located at the southeastern tip of Dolsan-do. The water is shallow, and the seafloor slopes gently, making it an ideal beach for families with children. An old pine forest can be found behind the sandy beach, providing cool shade to those seeking respite. The surrounding scenery is picturesque all throughout the year, so you should be in for a treat no matter the season. The coastal road from Bangjukpo to Impo, where the temple Hyangilam is located, is quite scenic, and a trekking path was completed recently along the coast of the Yeosu estuary for those seeking something a bit slower-paced.

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