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Municipal City
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul 여수시
 • Hanja 麗水市
 • Revised Romanization Yeosu-si
 • McCune–Reischauer Yŏsu-si
Expo 2012
Official logo of Yeosu
Emblem of Yeosu
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Country South Korea
Region Honam
Administrative divisions 1 eup, 6 myeon, 20 dong
 • Total 503.33 km2 (194.34 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 295,538
 • Density 587.17/km2 (1,520.8/sq mi)
 • Dialect Jeolla

Yeosu (Yeosu-si) is a city located in the Southern coast of Korea in South Jeolla Province, South Korea and comprises the Old Yeosu City, founded in 1949, Yeocheon City, founded in 1986, and Yeocheon County which were merged into the current Yeosu city in 1998.


  • Characteristics 1
  • History 2
    • Yeosu Rebellion 2.1
  • Attractions 3
  • Local specialities 4
  • Climate 5
  • Sister cities 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The city of Yeosu consists of the Yeosu peninsula as well as 317 islands (49 inhabited, 268 uninhabited). Being midway along southern coast of South Korea, it is flanked by Namhae County in South Gyeongsang Province to the east with natural waterway, and the Bay of Suncheon to the west and northwest, the city of Suncheon sprawling along its banks. The city has three different City Halls. On 1 April 1998, the cities of Yeosu and Yeocheon, along with Yeocheon County merged to form the unified city of Yeosu.

Thanks to the sea wind and warm current, Yeosu has cool summers and mild winters. Its ocean climate also brings Yeosu relatively longer springs and autumns than other regions. Yeosu is a city of history and loyalty where the headquarters of South Jeolla Province Navy Base was located, and the Great Admiral Yi Sun Shin improved upon the Geobukseon (turtle ship) to save the country while serving as the Navy Commander.

Due to its appeal as an international ocean resort and tourist city, as well as its close proximity to the Yeocheon Industrial Complex, Yeosu has seen much development during the past several decades.

In the 142nd General Assembly of BIE, held in Paris on 26 November 2007, the global community selected Yeosu as the host city for the 2012 World Expo. This Expo is Korea's second, following Daejeon's 1993 Fair.



Wonchon-hyeon/Dolsan-hyeon was the name given to Yeosu in the 16th year of King Seong (538 A.D.) who was the king of Baekje Kingdom. The name changed to Haeub-hyeon/Yeosan-hyeon in 757 and to Yeosu-hyeon/Dolsan-hyeon in 940. Beginning in 1479, the Joseon Dynasty's Naval Headquarters for eastern sector of Jeolla Province was located there. As such, it was the first base where Admiral Yi Sun-sin's fleet was based at during the Imjin War which utilised the Turtle Ship or 'Kobukseon' which was built in Seon-so.[1] .

In 1897, Yeosu was renamed Yeosu-myeon and included in the new county of Yeosu-gun. In 1914, Yeosu-gun merged with Dolsan-gun, further increasing its territory. Yeosu-myeon continued to grow and in 1931, Yeosu-myeon became Yeosu-eup. In 1949, Yeosu became a city. In 1998, Yeosu city merged with Yeochon city and Yeochon-gun, creating the unified city of Yeosu.

Yeosu Rebellion

In October 1948, the town of Yeosu was taken by South Korean soldiers who refused to take part in the suppression of the ongoing Jeju Uprising.


  • In the harbour there is a full-size model of one of Admiral Yi's turtle ships, timber shelled vessels which were used with great success against the Japanese navy.
  • Manseongri Beach, with volcanic 'black' sand near Yeosu that is popular with Korean tourists. There are public showers and restrooms as well as on-duty lifeguards. Many restaurants located along the beach have beach-side tables and serve various seafood dishes. It is also possible to take ferries to many local islands for an authentic taste of rural Korea.
  • Dolsan bridge (돌산대교) has changing lights at night. It is a bridge connecting downtown and Dolsan Island with lengh of 450m. Dolsan Park (돌산공원), overlooks Dolsan bridge.[2] The bridge is cable-stayed with 28 steel cables with diameters of 56-87mm wired to 62m steel tower at the each end of the bridge. The bridge is 20m above the sea. There are lots of seafood restaurants and romantic cafes around the area. * The Odongdo Island of Yeosu is one of the most spectacular spots to appreciate camelias. There are 70 species of wild flowers that flourish here, a hill commemorating the plantation of the very first tree and a spacious grassy field making this place great for ecological education. Small population of local Finless Porpoises are present here.[3]
  • Opened in December 2014 the Yeosu Cable Car connects Dolsan Island with Odongdo and offers excellent views of the area and the Dolsan Bridge.[4]

Local specialities

Gejang, or marinate raw crabs is a representative speciality of Yeosu and a traditional Jeolla cuisine dish.[5]

Dolsan 'gat kimchi' is also a speciality of Yeosu.


Yeosu has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cwa) with very warm summers and cold winters. Rainfall is much heavier in the summer, with the months from June to August recording over 200 millimetres (7.9 in) of rainfall each.

Climate data for Yeosu (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.2
Daily mean °C (°F) 2.4
Average low °C (°F) −0.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 25.1
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 5.2 6.4 8.5 9.1 9.7 10.8 14.4 11.8 9.0 4.9 6.0 4.4 100.2
Average relative humidity (%) 54.6 55.7 59.2 63.0 69.5 77.5 84.6 79.8 72.4 63.5 60.0 56.8 66.4
Mean monthly sunshine hours 193.3 186.5 203.4 215.5 220.1 173.6 158.2 196.4 178.6 216.6 190.7 198.3 2,331.3
Source: Korea Meteorological Administration[6]

Sister cities

See also


  1. ^ "Kobukseon". 
  2. ^ Yeosu. Wikivoyage.
  3. ^ 황주찬 (2014). "낚시꾼들에겐 찬밥이지만 '귀하신' 몸입니다". Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  4. ^ [3].VisitKorea.
  5. ^ Moon, Gwang-lip (14 July 2012). "Traditional cuisines to savor at the World Fair". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "평년값자료(1981–2010) 여수(168)". Korea Meteorological Administration. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Julia Chan (20 March 2015). "KK-Portland sister city pact could see US craft beer coming to Sabah". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 

External links

  • City government home page
  • [4]

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