Welcome to Yeosu
The molar-shaped port city of Yeosu (여수) 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'. You'll see statues of him, and replicas of the ships, around town; he's also on the ₩100 coin. In 2012 Yeosu hosted the World's Fair International Exposition (called Expo 2012), which resulted in a redevelopment of the waterfront.