The molar-shaped, port city of Yeosu is halfway along Korea’s steep, island-pocked and deeply indented southern coast. Its bustling city centre is nothing special, but its shoreline, peppered with cliffs, islands and peninsulas, is spectacular. The local hero is Admiral Yi Sun-shin (1545–98), who repelled Japanese invaders with his 'turtle ships'.
Jogyesan Provincial Park
This park revolves around two note- worthy temples, their beauty complemented by the attractive surrounding forest. To the west, 70km from Gwangju,Songgwang-sa is considered one of the three jewels of Korean Buddhism (along with Tongdo-sa and Haein-sa, in Gyeongsangnam-do).
Nagan Folk Village
Among Korea’s many folk villages, Nagan is unique for its setting, surrounded by 1410m of Joseon-period fortress walls, built to protect the inhabitants from marauding Japanese pirates. It’s Korea’s best-preserved fortress town, crammed with narrow, dry-stone alleyways leading to vegetable allotments, and adobe and stone homes thatched with reeds.
One of the most important ceramic centres in Korea, Gangjin has been associated with celadon (glazed green ceramic) for over 1000 years. Gangjin is specifically known for etched celadon, in which shallow patterns are cut out of the piece while it’s still wet and filled in with special glazes through an inlay process.
Dadohae Haesang National Park
Consisting of more than 1700 islands and islets and divided into eight sections, Dadohae Haesang (Marine Archipelago) National Park occupies much of the coast and coastal waters of Jeollanam-do. Some of the isles support small communities with fishing and tourism income; others are little more than tree-covered rocks.
Korea’s third-largest island (http://jindo.go.kr), south of Mokpo and connected to the mainland by a bridge, boasts some of the world’s largest tides. The island is famous for an unusual natural phenomenon: for a few days each year (usually in spring), the tide drops extremely low, exposing a 2.8km-long, 40m-wide causeway that connects Jindo to the tiny island of Modo-ri.