Since the Lunar new year had quickly came before us, my coworkers and I decided to travel on our four day holiday. With work finishing on Valentines day, February 14th we all had agreed on leaving early the next morning on February 15th. We left around 6:00 AM on a bus heading to the southern city, Jeonju with little to no plan.
We had all arrived in Jeonju quite early and had a quick lunch, and decided to see what sights Jeonju had to offer. The Jeonju Hanok Village was super close to the place we had lunch. So our group thought that it would be the best place to explore before we had to catch our 5:00 PM KTX train to Yeosu.
However on our way to the Hanok Village we passed by a bunch of Hanbok (traditional Korean clothes) shops, with the renting price of $10.00 for two hours. We couldn't pass up the offer! So we spent the rest of our afternoon walking around the Hanok Village taking pictures in our traditional Korean Hanbok. It was a great day, but it wasn't better than the Hanok Village within Seoul.
We had left the Hanok Village a bit late, and we were in quite the rush to catch our next train departing from Jeonju to Yeosu. We arrived to the train station just moments before the train was leaving. I happened to snap this picture of this friendly train worker right before the train was leaving.
Then finally after a whole day of traveling we had reached the port city, Yeosu. After almost missing the train there was much celebration when we all arrived at the station. On a normal day traveling to this part of Korea from Seoul would only take a few hours on a Korean high speed train. Since it was one of Korea's biggest holidays everyone was traveling and the whole southern peninsula was congested. Which made traveling a bit of a headache.
It doesn't take much to quickly spot the differences between the two beaches in the hot summer months.
Such a long day of traveling made us quite tired, so the group decided just to get a quick dinner together and play some arcade games. Then head back to the hotel to get some rest for tomorrow's adventures.
The next day we spent some time hiking on the island, Odongdo (오동도). Which is one of the many islands dotting Yeosu's coastline. It is a short 10 minute walk along a long bridge reaching out to the island.
The long bridge connecting the city of Yeosu with Odongdo island. It was quite a refreshing 10 minute walk to the offshore island.
Odongdo island is much bigger than it seems and we had actually spent more time then anticipated hiking around the marvelous island.
After spending all day hiking, we were all starving. So we stopped in at a nearby seafood restaurant and got the afternoon lunch special. Which consisted of: spicy pickled octopus (낙지젓갈), raw crab (간장게장),raw spicy crab (양념게장), and grilled fish (굴비구이).
These were only the main dishes, as the image above has so many more side dishes.
The net day our travel group had decided to try out the famous, Yeosu ocean rail-bike (여수해양레일바이크). It costed about $10.00 a person, but was well worth the money. Each rail-bike has four seats and four sets of foot pedals. So each person had to pedal for the rail-cart to move.
The rail-carts were completely self controlled. The people on the cart would control how fast they would go, depending on how fast they would pedal. You could also control how close you could get with another cart, depending on how much you used the equipped break on the rail-cart. Everyone on my cart wanted to live on the wild side, and decided to pedal fast while ignoring the breaks. Which caused us to hit the cart in front of us pretty hard.
There were a couple of times when I didn't have to pedal, which were amazing times to relax and enjoy the spectacular view.
Finally towards the end of our time in Yeosu, we visited the area just outside the city aquarium. Which happened to be home of this massive LED screen pictured above. The picture screen's size was truly mind boggling. One felt similar to the size of an ant under its massive canopy. While walking under it, there was a cool picture machine which would take your pictures, and display them upon the moving fish tank TV screen celling above. For some strange reason, it was quite empowering to see your own 5 foot tall selfie projected on the moving screen.
Visiting Yeoseo was a great opportunity, and it would recommend it to anyone considering traveling there for a holiday. It is such a laidback and little known town which deserves more recognition. The super close islands right off Yeosu's shore make it a beautiful place to explore and enjoy for a few days. The oceanside town also has a very romantic feel to it, so any couple within Korea, this city would be a great couples retreat. It is a great city which is completely off the beaten track to most tourists and even Korean locals.
You can't miss it on your next trip to Korea!