Yeosu or Yeosu City (여수시, 麗水市, literally "peaceful water city") is the largest city in Jeollanam-do. It is comprised of 1 eup, 6 myeon, and 20 dong, and in 2004 it had a population of 320,570. It is located in the extreme southeastern portion of the province and enjoys a moderate climate with an average yearly temperature of 13.7℃. Yeosu is bordered by Suncheon city to the north, and is otherwise surrounded by Suncheon Bay.
The city is made up of Yeosu Peninsula and 317 different islands (49 inhabited, 268 uninhabited). Given the extent of the coastline, Yeosu is known for its beaches and seafood. Other notable cultural spots include Hyangiram temple and the city's symbol, Dolsan Bridge.
Geography and Administrative Divisions
As the average Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants are in abundance throughout Korea and are easy for foreigners to find, the following restaurants reflect a sampling of restaurants considered to be either popular or are western-friendly choices and other ethnic foods.
Two popular foreigner bars are Wa Bar and Yellow Monkey, both located in Yeoseo-dong, a two minute walk from one another. Another foreigner hangout is the bar Elle Lui.
A LOCAL SECRET is that the best and newest foreigner bar is The Lost Shepard Girl Freehouse which is located in Yeochun, close to Turtle Park and Ho bak. It has free pool, darts, and foose ball as well as 6,000 won Guinness on tap on Wednesdays, one of only 2 places in all of South Korea where you can get Guinness on tap (and most likely, there are no places to receive this service in North Korea, either...) THE CHEAEST AND BEST POURED GUINESS IN ALL OF KOREA ON WEDNESDAYS! directions for the taxi driver: 여천거북공원옆 와돈앞 엘에스지 가주세요
There is a Primus Cinema in Yeoseo-dong. See this page for more details.
A large part of Yeosu's popularity is its scenery, which derives from both the view of Suncheon Bay and the hundreds of islands that comprise the city. Notable attractions include Hyangiram hermitage, Heungguksa, Dolsan Bridge, and islands like Odong-do, Baek-do, and Geomun-do.
Please visit this page for information on accommodation in Yeosu.
- By airplane
- twelve flights to Seoul per day, with a flight time of one hour.
- one flight per day to Jeju-do, which takes 40 minutes.
- By high-speed boat
- one boat to Jeju-do per day, which takes 6 hours.- To Jeju 1 times daily (6 hours on board)
- two boats to Geomundo per day (100 minutes on board)
- three boats to Yeondo per day (2 hours on board)
- By train
- 16 trains leave for Seoul per day, with a total travel time of 5~6 hours.
- By express bus (1 main terminal in Yeosu, 1 main terminal in Yeocheon, 1 minor terminal in Deokgyang, 1 crappy terminal in between Yeocheon and Deokgyang)
- one leaves for Seoul every 40 minutes, taking 5 1/2 hours
- one leaves for Busan every 40 minutes, taking 3 1/2 hours
- one leaves for Daegu every 2 hours, taking 4 hours
- one leaves for Gwangju every 30 minutes, taking 2 hours
- By Inner City Bus
- There are many intra-city buses that service central Yeosu with the neighborhoods including the airport. You can ride one for approximately 1,100 won. The main depot is located next to a large Hi-mart store on Dondeogyeondeungcheon 3(sam)-gil in Mipyeong-dong. A police substation is across the street. Sometimes the bus driver will play Korean music/talk shows/techno off the radio.
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Yeosu will host the 2012 World Expo after failing to win it 2010.
- Effect on Productivity : 10,789.4 billion won
- Value-Added Effect : 5.384 billion won
- Effect on Employment : 157,000 jobs
View of Impo Village from Hyangiram