We checked out from Paragon hotel around 10 am and we quickly crossed the street to Busan Seobu Bus Terminal. You need to go to Busan Seobu Bus terminal to take intercity bus to other cities in Korea.
Our destination today is a small city called Tongyeong. We choosed to travel to Tongyeong because we wanted to visit several Korean drama filming locations. The journey from Busan to Tongyeong takes about 90 minutes and we arrived at Tongyeong around 11am. Since Tongyeong is a small city, we mostly took cab to commute around the city.
Tongyeong is similar to Busan, a port city on the Southern coast of Korea. This city is closely asaociated with Admiral Yi Shun-sin who placed his naval base on nearby Hansan island to defend Korea from Japanese army invasion.
The most convenient way to get to Tongyeong is by bus. Buses travel regularly from both Seoul’s Nambu Terminal at Seocho (11 times daily) and the express bus terminal at Gangnam (14 times daily). The ride takes about 4 1/2 hours. There are 8 express buses and 14 regular buses a day from Daejeon and about 18 buses from Daegu’s Seobu Terminal. Buses from Busan’s Seobu Terminal run daily from 6:30am to 10:30pm about every 20 minutes. From Masan’s Nambu Terminal, there are daily buses from 5:10am to 9:15pm every 10 minutes. Buses from Jinju run about 63 times a day from 6am to 9pm.
After dropped our baggage at Benikea Tongyeong Hotel, we went to Tongyeong Excursion Boat Terminal to catch ferry heading to Jangsado / Camelia Island.
Jangsado Island was one of filming location of “Man from The Stars” & “Uncontrollably Fond” Korean Drama. Please note that there are only 3 departure schedules from Tongyeong to Jangsado Island in a day. We got the afternoon slots (1pm) and the journey took about 45 minutes.
Since we still had time before ferry departure, we tried Chungmu Gimbap, famous Tongyeong version gimbap. There are not many restaurant inside the ferry terminal and all of them usually sell Chungmu Gimbap.
Every visitors only have 2 hours to explore Jangsado Island. The ferry operator will inform every visitor the expected time they need to come back to the boat. Please note that the entry and exit point of Jangsado island are different. Please make sure to grab a map of this island at Tongyeong Ferry Terminal.
Although the island size is not so big, but there are a lot of slopes inside the island. It is advisable to bring comfort shoes, water bottle and good sleep before visiting the islands.
I took a lot of pictures in Jangsado Island because I am one of the fan of “Man From The Star” Korean drama. The view of the sea is so relaxing and beautiful.
Time flies so fast and at 3.30 pm, we need to go back to the boat to catch ferry back to Tongyeong terminal. Although the trip to Jangsado Island is very tiring, but Jangsado Island is a beautiful island that always remains in my heart. Saranghe!
After arriving at Tongyeong Excursion Boat Terminal, We quickly took taxi to nearby Hallyeosudo Viewing Ropeway (한려수도 조망케이블카). Located on Mireuksan Mountain, one of Korea’s top 100 mountains, Hallyeosudo Viewing Ropeway is the only dual-cable automatic circulating gondola system in Korea. At 1,975 meters long, it is the longest tourist ropeway in the nation.
Visitors can take the stairs lead to the very top after gettimg out from the ropeway. At the top, visitor can see the whole Tongyeong city.
Our next stop is Gangguan Harbour. At Gangguan Harbour, we intend to go inside of Turtle Ship replica created by Admiral Yin Shun-sin. Unfortunately, we were too late and the exhibition time was already closed. At the end, I just took pictures of Turtle Ship.
A turtle ship, also known as Geobukseon (거북선, Korean pronunciation: [kʌbuksən]), was a type of large Korean warship that was used intermittently by the Royal Korean Navy during the Joseon dynasty from the early 15th century up until the 19th century. It was used alongside the panokseon warships in the fight against invading Japanese naval ships.
At Gangguan Harbour, there are a lot of stores selling various sea creatures. The menu of most restaurant are also seafood. We bought traditional Tongyeong snack (Kkulbang) and we had Korean Fried Chicken as dinner. Kkulbang is kind of bread filled with red bean, chocolate etc coated in honey. This snack is quite interesting and the honey blends well with the sweet taste from the bread filling.