The Korean family holiday of Chuseok was this week, which means that everyone got a five day weekend. Since I've been traveling and working non-stop for a few months now, I decided to "take a rest" as the Koreans say, and stay domestic. I couldn't just sit in my apartment for five days straight though, so on Monday my friend Rachel and I headed to the the picturesque, southern coast city of Yeosu. The journey took 2.5 hours on the ITX, and was just what the doctor ordered. If you're looking for a day trip in Korea that is affordable, interesting, and full of beautiful views, I would definitely recommend Yeosu. Below are my five suggestions for fun activities that will keep you entertained, but not break the bank.
1. Explore Yeosu Expo Park - Yeosu was the site of an arts and technology Expo in 2012, and as such it is home to an expansive Expo pavilion, which features an jaw-dropping illuminated sky bridge, several exhibition facilities, a huge aquarium, and the main attraction: the Big-O Show. Yes. That is really what it's called. Unfortunately, as the Expo was a few years ago, there was a bit of a ghost town feel to the whole scene. This being said, I would still recommend having a look - there are plenty of interesting things to see, and the entire pavilion is located on the waterfront so if the Expo isn't keeping your attention you can always just stare longingly out at the water O_O
2. Grab a Coffee at Sky Cafe - Close to Expo Park is a large, multi-story building called the Sky Tower and Sky Cafe. Though the tower is not much to look at during the day, at night the building is fully illuminated in a kaleidoscope of rainbow colors. Additionally, the very top floor is home to a quaint cafe with panoramic floor to ceiling windows, which provides an unparalleled view of the Expo grounds and lovely ocean beyond.
3. Chow Down on Delicious Seafood - Due to it's coastal location, Yeosu is home to a wide array of delicious seafood. One can find tender sashimi, spicy galchijorim, fresh grilled clams, and any other fishy delicacy your hungry brain can conjure. For the superlative seafood experience, I would head to the Manseongni Beach area: skip the beach itself and head straight for the eateries (more on that later). Only yards away from the beach, there is an entire street of seafood restaurants, all of which sell the freshest catch of the day. Making it even better is the fact that the vast majority have seating in covered outdoor pavilions that overlook the sea. So many wins.
4. Island Hop (or walk) - There is a multitude of islands dotting the coast of Yeosu. If you're looking to check out a lot of islands, I would suggest looking into one of the ferry trips. However, if you're only wanting a short trip, head to either Odongdo or Dolsan. Odongdo is very close to Yeosu Expo Station, and it has a man-made causeway that allows you to walk the entire way to the island. Additionally, if you walk to the top of a rather mild hill, you are greeted with beautiful 360 views of the surrounding area. Dolsan is a little further South from Yeosu Expo Station; however, you can easily take a bus or a taxi for cheap. Once on Dolsan, there are several historical sites and lost-cost activities, but the real treat is only available once the sun sets. Traverse a short hiking trail, and you will be awarded with a lovely and unique view of the illuminated Dolsan Bridge and Yeosu harbor below.
5. Hit the Beach - Of course, you can't go to a coastal town and not visit the beach. Many of the generic travel websites will suggest you go to Manseongni Beach, which is Korea's only "black sand" beach. I put black sand in quotes, because in all honesty it was more of a dirty looking brown, and was also dotted with a worrisome amount of trash and glass bottles. Suffice it to say, I was not impressed. I suggest you skip Manseongni and head to Mosagum instead. Though Mosagum is much smaller than Manseongni, the sand is soft, clean, and perfect for a sea-side lounge. Also, if you're looking to clamber around you can ditch the beach and head towards the rocky crags just to the side of the sandy area for breathtaking views of the South Sea. In order to get to either beach you can either catch a cab at Yeasu Expo Station, or catch the Number 7 bus.
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Enjoy the beautiful view!