Admire a village of painted walls and enjoy views from South Korea’s longest cable car in this Korean city by the sea.
Tongyeong is a coastal town with a scenic harbor and rich history. It is known for its historical relics that tell the story of South Korea’s military feats and development. Explore the parks and enjoy the views of the sprawling, verdant hills surrounding the thriving port.
Among the highlights is the Hallyeo Viewing Ropeway, an observation cable car, the longest of its kind in the country, which travels over the water. Relax with your family in your gondola and capture photos of the town’s port and hilly countryside.
Arrive via the cable car to the peak of Mount Mireuksan and enjoy the panoramic views of the town and the surrounding Hallyeohaesang National Park. The park contains more than 1,100 species of plants and many animals. Spot the endangered fairy pitta, with its brightly colored feathers, as it nests in its camellia habitat. Travel from the city by ferry to the island of Hansando inside the park.
In the town center, learn about the modern art scene at the Jeon Hyuck Lim Art Museum. Wander through the open-air exhibits by international artists at the Nammangsan Sculpture Park. Learn about coastal ecology at the Fisheries Science Museum and explore the range of murals in Dongpirang Village.
Stroll along the Gangguan Fishing Port and see the Turtle Ship Replica styled after a 16th-century ironclad warship. Dine at some of the many restaurants serving the local delicacy of Chungmu kimbap. It is a Korean style of sushi made of seaweed, rice and squid in a spicy sauce. Tongyeong was once named Chungmu.
Tongyeong comprises islands and peninsulas on the southern coast of South Korea. Arrive by bus via the modern Busan-Geoje direct expressway or fly to the Gimhae International Airport, which is about 90 minutes away by car. Spend some time exploring the country’s second city of Busan. Tongyeong combines fascinating historical relics with marvelous scenery on South Korea’s southern shore.