Gangguan is not the only harbour in the city, but it's the prettiest. It’s also a busy pier anchored by a promenade that serves multiple civic functions, including dock, basketball court and picnic ground for package-tour travellers who aren’t squeamish about a mid-morning soju (local vodka) pick-me-up.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Gyeongsangnam-do attractions

1. Turtle Ship Replicas

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Towards the north end of the Gangguan promenade, there are four turtle ships. Definitely worth a look. While ducking your head inside the ship, try to…

2. Jungang Live Fish Market


Sure there's lots of fish, but this open-air market, filled with grannies selling food out of plastic tubs, is a good place to buy fruit and veggies…

3. Nammang-san

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Set aside an hour or more to enjoy the views atop this mountain beside Gangguan harbour. On the way up, you'll pass a modest sculpture park with 15 pieces…

4. Hallyeosudo Cable Car


Stretching out 1975m, this is Korea’s longest cable-car ride. Near the top of Mireuk-san (461m), the view of Hallyeo Maritime National Park is dramatic…

5. Undersea Tunnel

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The journey to the Undersea Tunnel is more interesting than the sight itself. Constructed in the early 1930s, the 483m-long tunnel connects both sides of…

6. Bijindo

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Bijindo is actually two islands joined together by a sand bridge, which makes for some outstanding photography. It's a popular getaway destination for…

7. Historic Park of Geoje POW Camp

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In Geoje-si, this modest but worthwhile museum provides hard-to-find information about the POW camp experience during the Korean War. Just by the gate is…

8. Hakdong Mongdol Beach

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The black-pebble beach in Hakdong is a cosy destination for family outings and romantic getaways, about 30 minutes by car from Geoje-si. Summer crowds…