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Yeosu Travel Guide1: Odongdo Island Tour(Parking Fee, Train,Cruise Info. etc.)


Yeosu is a city that excites travelers just by its name alone.

In this post, I would like to introduce Odongdo Island and the Yeosu Marine Cable Car, where you can enjoy the beautiful nature and amazing scenery of Yeosu. Shall we go to Yeosu, full of the scent of travel, together?


Yeosu Odongdo pic
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Origin of Odongdo’s name

It was called Odongdo because it resembles a paulownia leaf when viewed from a distance. It can be said to be a symbolic island of Yeosu, also known as Dongbaek Island, as the entire island is filled with camellia trees.

The camellia that lives on Odongdo Island literally turns the entire island red.

How to get to Odongdo

Odongdo Island, located about 10 minutes from the center of Yeosu, is a truly attractive place.

It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the parking lot at the entrance to Odongdo Island, and this road is so charming that it was selected as one of Korea’s 100 most beautiful roads. It also belongs to Hallyeohaesang National Park.

Odongdo camellia flower season in full bloom

The 3,000 camellia trees that make up the entire island begin to bloom in January and are in full bloom in March.

Odongdo Island with many attractions and multiple routes

Jasan Park has been created on a hill overlooking Odongdo Island, and along with Hyangilam Hermitage, it is the starting point of the tourist route west of Hallyeo Waterway.

Odongdo Island is connected to the mainland by a 768m breakwater. You can take the Dongbaek Train from the entrance to the breakwater or walk to the island. When you enter the island, there is a trail leading to the top of Odongdo Island next to the main road that connects to the central plaza at the end of the breakwater!

If you pass the central plaza with the musical fountain and go up along Barefoot Park, you will see the sad legendary monument of Odongdo Island. As you walk along the two paths overflowing with Sinu-daero, you will fall in love with another charm of Odongdo Island. If you walk along the Sinudae Trail, you will pass through the Sinudae Tunnel and become divided into a circular walkway that goes around the outskirts of the island.

Odongdo Island Attraction 1: The newly renovated Odongdo Trail

From winter to spring, more than 3,000 camellia trees bloom brilliantly on Odongdo Island, making the entire island appear as if it is on fire. In 2011, Yeosu City renovated the Odongdo Trail, removing all existing concrete structures and creating a wellness trekking course made up of artificial red clay paths. This provides a more enjoyable experience to visitors.

On Odongdo Island, camellia trees and camellia trees are growing everywhere. It is said that in the old days, Admiral Yi Sun-sin trained his soldiers here and cut the arrows to use as arrows.

After passing through the Sinudae Tunnel, you can see a colony of silver magnolias and camellia trees, and you will come across the widest and longest rock on Odongdo Island extending out to the sea. Soon, you will reach the top of Odongdo Island, where a white lighthouse stands.

If you walk along the promenade around the Odongdo Lighthouse, you will come across a promenade that branches from the entrance of Baramgol to the central plaza and the entrance to the western breakwater of Odongdo Island. If you come down to the central plaza, you will see models of the Turtle Ship and Panokseon and a monument that reads “Yakmu Honam Shimu State” in the central plaza. There is a musical fountain installed next to it, which is open except during the winter.

Odongdo Attraction 2: There is a cruise ship dock in the central square.

There is the Yeosu Expo Memorial Hall in the central plaza, where you can watch videos and 3D images about the success process of hosting the Yeosu Expo and Odongdo Island for free. Families can also experience the 4D video experience hall. From the cruise ship dock, another attraction of the central plaza, a cruise ship departs to circumnavigate Odongdo Island or cruise Dolsandaegyo Bridge, Hyangilam Hermitage, and Geumo Islands. You can also enjoy the Odongdo Circular Trail from the central plaza here.

Odongdo Island Attraction 3: Various theme parks

The theme park located in Odongdo Island has a 25-meter-tall lighthouse, a musical fountain park, and a barefoot park. The Odong Lighthouse, which was first illuminated in 1952, not only serves as a guide for ships entering and leaving Yeosu Port and Gwangyang Port, but also serves as a representative attraction in the region, attracting over 2 million tourists every year.

Additionally, the 2.5 km long natural forest tunnel-style trail is a great place to walk while holding the hand of a loved one on a day when the camellias fall. The coast that extends next to the maze-like walking path is mostly rocky, with rocks and strangely shaped cliffs such as Folding Screen Rock, Conch Rock, Roof Rock, and Elephant Rock all coming together to create a spectacular view. All of this is the charm of Odongdo Island.


>>> Various Information

Odongdo Dongbaek Train Operation Information

Driving distance: 1.2 (Odongdo entrance ~ Pick-up/drop-off point next to the musical fountain)

Operating hours: 09:30~18:00 (Lunch time 12:00~13:00 *Not in operation)

Shortened operation during winter (November~February) → 09:30~17:00

Odongdo Parking Fee

  • Payment: Credit card
  • Operating hours: Summer 07:00~22:00 / Winter 07:30~22:00
  • Vehicles available for parking: passenger cars, vans (12 passengers or less), trucks (less than 1 ton) ※ Parking fees are waived if you leave the parking lot within 5 minutes after entering.

Odongdo Cruise Information

  • Cruise ship (entrance): 661-0077
  • Hallyeo Waterway (Geobukseon): 644-6255
  • Motorboat: 664-2936

Odongdo Fountain Direction Guide

  • Fountain water is not potable water.
  • The musical fountain operates from March to October, and the floor fountain operates from July to August.
  • Do not operate on rainy or strong windy days.

yeosu odongdo img
Source: yeosu.go.kr

Yeosu is a city that excites travelers just by its name alone.

In this post, I would like to introduce Odongdo Island , where you can enjoy the beautiful nature and amazing scenery of Yeosu. Shall we go to Yeosu, full of the scent of travel, together?

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