Tongyeong is a beautiful costal city located on the southern tip of South Korea, you can reach much spectacular sight here, and also, as this city is not too big, you can take bus and sightseeing this lovely harbor easily.
We list some of the places and things you may do when you travel to Tongyeong.
Tongyeong Jungang Market (통영중앙시장)
With almost 400 years of history, Tongyeong Jungang Market is a popular tourist spot in the city of Tongyeong, attracting tourists during weekends and even on weekdays.
As the market is located close to the coastline, fresh fish and dried fish make up a huge part of the market’s offerings.
Tongyeong Jungang Market
Mireuksan cable car (미륵산 케이블카 / 한려수도 조망 케이블카)
Situated in Tongyeong (Gyeongsangnam-do), Mireuksan Mountain (461m) is considered one of the 100 best mountains in Korea. While not as high as other mountains, it is home to a lush forest, valleys with pure water, odd-shaped rocks, rock caves, and ancient temples. Upon climbing to the top of the mountain, visitors can see the breathtaking view of the sea enveloping Tongyeong. Near Tongyeong are a number of large and small islands including Mireukdo.
Hiking used to be the only option to climb up the mountain, but a cable car (covering over 2km, the longest in Korea) now carries visitors to a stop that leads to the top of the mountain through wooden decks (400m in length).
In clear weather, visitors can even see Tsushima Island (in Japan), Cheongwangbong Peak in Jirisan, and Dolsando in Yeosu. The top of the mountain boasts a dazzling array of flowers in spring and exquisite fall foliage, attracting visitors in droves year-round.
After getting out off the cable car, visitors can walk on environmentally friendly stairs for 10 minutes to reach the summit where they can enjoy the scenery on the observation deck.
Hallyeosudo viewing ropeway
Somaemuldo Islands (소매물도)
Somaemuldo is one of the beautiful island in Tongyeong. It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes by ferry from Tongyeong habor.
Feeing the seagulls on the boat is very exciting!
One of the magnificent sights here is the breathtaking combination of bizarre rocks and the stratified bluffs of Deungdaeseom (Lighthouse Island) and Somaemuldo Island. At low tide, one can walk from one island the other.
Yong Bawi (Dragon Rock), Buchudae Bawi (Buddha Rock), Geobuk Bawi (Turtle Rock), Chotdae Bawi (Candlestick Rock) and Geulssingi Cave are absolute masterpieces created by Mother Nature. Another must-see is the view of Somaemuldo Island from Deungdaeseom Island. From there, the rock formations look like a sitting dinosaur.
Isn’t it look like dinosaur?
We are higly recommend you to visit Somaemuldo!
Dongpirang Village (동피랑마을)
The word “Dongpirang” is made of two words. One is “Dong”, meaning east and the other is “Birang”, meaning hill in a Tongyeong dialect.
Tongyeong Agenda 21 which is an association in Tongyeong gathered people throughout the nation in order to paint murals on the walls of Dongpirang-gil Street in October 2007. Thanks to the participants’ paintings, this hillside village on the sea became a new place, revitalized by the art. The view overlooking the sea and Gangguan Port is fantastic as well.
100, Dongpirang-gil, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 통영시 동피랑길 100)
Chungmu gimbap(충무김밥) is a gimbap made with only rice as the filler ingredient and signature dish in Tongyeong.
Tongyeong’s sunshine was exceptionally hot, so the people started to sell rice and side dishes separately and it became a source of chungmu gimbap.
To explore more about Tongyeong by visiting this city’s official site: http://eng.tongyeong.go.kr/main/
You can book BnBHero’s Tongyeong tour also!
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