Destinations Gyeongsangnam-do

Gyeongsangnam-do is rich in tourist sites, particularly the mountains and national marine parks. Haeinsa Temple and Tongdosa Temple provide visitors the opportunity to visit two of the largest temples in Korea. Busan is the second largest city in Korea and plays a major role in international trade and cultural exchanges.

Recommended Sites

  • Hallyeo Maritime National Park
    Address :
    Ilwun-myeon, Dongbu-myeon & Nambu-myeon area of Geojae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Description :
    Halleyo Maritime National Park was designated as a National Park in 1968. It is composed of parts of the southern coast and Namhaedo Island and Geojaedo Island of the sourthern coast. Hallyeo Maritime National Park is famous for Odongdo island, which is covered with camellias and subtropical plants, and incredibly beautiful sunrises and sunsets on Haegeumgang of Geojaedo, Bijindo Island – famous for its native plant the ‘Palsonyi Tree’. Hansan Island is especially important because this is the grounds where General Lee Sun-Shin won the Imjinwaeran (War by Japan’s invasion of Korea in 1592).
    Hallyeo Maritime National Park is well known for the beautiful sea, islands and seashores. Since there are many sites to visit, many visitors come in summer on vacation, and others return in spring or autumn on excursion trips. Among these sites, Geojae Haegeumgang river and Oedo Island Marine Tourism Farm, also called the paradise of Korea, are the most popular visiting courses.

    Directions :
    Bus services from Seoul Nambu Terminal to Jangseungpo. 4 times a day, 7 hour ride.
    Get off at Tongyeong Bus Terminal or Geojae Bus Terminal. Transfer to local bus bound for Hakdong or Haegeumgang.

    Information :
    - Contact: Hallyeo Maritime Control Office, Dongbu Branch Tel : 055-649-9202 / Geojae branch Tel : 055-635-5421 (Kor)
    - Homepage: (Kor/Eng)
    - Admission fee :
    * individual
      age over 20 : 1,300won
      age 14-19 : 600 won
      age 13 and under : 300won
    * groups
      age over 2 : 1,100won
      age 14-19 : 500won
      age 13 and under : 250won


  • Oedo Paradise Island
    Address : Ilun-myeon, Geojae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Description :
    Oedo Island Marine Tourism is a marine botanical garden located in Hallyeo Haesang National Park, which has a beautiful view of the clean South Sea and surrounding landscape. It is 4 km away from Geojedo Island. About 20 minutes on ship from Gujora Port, past Naedo Island, you can reach Oedo Island. In 1969, Lee Chang-Ho first came to this island to escape from the wind and waves when he was fishing. He and his wife made this tourist farm with all their heart for 30 years. The forest is 264 square km, is covered with camellias and full of other exotic plants such as cact, and palm trees. In April, the island gets covered with yeonsan flowers. The Venus Garden that seems to look like miniature of Versailles, displays twelve sculptures here and western style gardens. At the Paradise Lounge, you can enjoy sunshine and the cool sea while sipping on a beverage. At the Flowering Plant Complex next to the theme park, there are camellias and various kinds of rare flowers from all over the world. The Sculpture Amusement Park leads to the child's heart, because it has sculptures of Korean traditional folk games such as kicking shuttlecocks, a mock cavalry battle the ‘Paradise Stairs’ had many visitors after the site was shown in Korea soap operas. Walking on these stairs will make you feel like you are in paradise because the Chinese juniper tree belt is well organized with tapestries and there are many kinds of flowers and tress along stairs.
    Directions :
    - Tongyeong ->Jangseungpo
    * First train 06:40 / Last train 22:00 / comes every 15 min. / 1 hour ride

    Jangseungpo->Oedo Island
    * After getting on a ferry, it takes 2 hours and 10 minutes to go around Haegeumgang River and enter Oedo Island. There are 6 ports you can get off (Jangseungpo, Gujora, Wahyeon, Haegeum River, Dojangpo and Hakdong).Fare: Age12 and over 13,000wonunder age 12 6,500won.
    There are no departure schedules, and ferries depart when the ship is full. But you must land at the port, at the latest by 13:30.

    Information :
    - Location: Ilun-myeon Geojae City, Gyeongsangnam-do -Contact: Oedo Island Marine Farm Seoul Office, Tel : 02-2252-9400 (Kor) Jangseongpo Ferry Terminal, Tel : 055-681-6565 (Kor)
    - Homepage: (Kor) -Hours: 08:00-17:00 (Island touring is limited to an hour and a half)
    - Open all year - Entrance Fee (separately paid from ferry fare): (Age 20 and over) - 5,000 won / (Age 14-19) - 4,000 won / (Age 13 and under) - 2,500 won


  • Mt. Jirisan National Park
    Address : Gyeongsangnam-do >Sancheong-gun> Mt.Jirisan National Park
    Description :
    A place with beautiful scenery, Mt. Jirisan National Park was the first to be designated as a national park, in 1967. It is a mountain range of awesome scale, extending across the three provinces and five cities. The magnificent mountains and exceptional scenery make this one of the most famous mountains in Korea. 1,915 meters above sea level, Cheonwangbong Peak, considered to be the pillar of heaven is the main peak. Mt. Jirisan also features Banyabong and Nogodan, and is home to over 10 famous temples. There’s over twenty summits and valleys such as Baemsagol Valley, which are part of Mt. Jirisan Ten[Sceneries]. As this is the location of the most well-preserved virgin forest in Korea and wild life, the majestic and mystical mountain is often viewed with the highest respect. There are many species of animal and plant life, and as the first place to cultivate tea in Korea, herbal medicine cultivation still flourishes here. Mt. Jirisan was also where the Buddhist culture prospered, and there are a lot of cultural assets here, such as Silsangsa Temple(National Treasure No.7), Baekjangam and the Three-Story Stone Pagoda (National Treasure No. 26.). These regional cultural assets and the superb sceneries of nature give you a unique taste of local history and culture. The weather is temperamental and only 80-100 days out of the year are clear and sunny, but the mist and fog create rare scenes not found elsewhere.
    Directions :
    - Take a local bus at Guryegu Station towards Gurye-eup, then transfer to a bus heading towards Yeongoksa Temple or Piagol
    - Take a local bus at Gurye Bus Terminal towards Yeongoksa Temple or Piagol.

    Information :
    - Contact :Mt.Jirsan National Park Control Office, Tel : 055-972-7771 (Kor.)
    - Homepage : (Korean/English)
    - Admission fee :


    Adult (20 and over)

    Youth (14 - 19)

    Children (13 and under)


    1,300 won

    600 won

    300 won


    1,100 won

    500 won

    250 won

    Separate Admission Fee


    Hwaeom Temple

    Cheoneun Temple

    Yeongok Temple


    Admission fee

    1,700 won

    1,300 won

    1,300 won



  • Tongdosa Temple
    Address :
    583 Jisan-ri, Habuk-myeon, Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Description :
    Located in southern part of Mt. Chiseosan, Tongdosa Temple is famous for not having any Buddhist statues in the temple. This is because the real shrines of the Buddha are preserved here. The name ‘Tongdosa’ was named after the belief that mankind can be saved through Buddhism. After Monk Ja-Jang brought the shrines of Buddha from Dang China, Tongdosa Temple was built during Queen Sun-Deok’s reign (646). Tongdosa Temple is said to have survived numerous wars and invasions, its Beopdeung (temple candle) has never gone out, for 1,300 years. Inside, there are 35 buildings and Pagoda's, and 14 small temples in its vicinity. The main building, without a Buddhist statue, is designated as National Treasure No.290. The temple is similar to a museum because of the numerous relics inside. There are 19 local treasures and 794 local cultural properties inside the temple. In place of the Buddha statue, the Geumgang Stairs behind of the main building preserves the shrines of the Buddha.
    Mt. Chiseosan, has a beautiful view from the temple. The several hundred year-old pine trees lined up from the entrance to Ilju Gate, the small drum (used when praying in front of a Buddha figure) and bell, the sunset, the pond and the rocks and waterfalls behind the temple are grouped and called the Eight Famous Sceneries of Tongdosa Temple.

    Directions :
    Express Bus: DongSeoul Bus Terminal -> Tongdosa Temple / buses run 5 times a day / 5-hour ride.
    Local Bus: Eonyang Bus Terminal -> Tongdosa / buses run every 10 min / 30-minute ride

    Information :
    - Contact: Tongdosa Temple Office Tel : 055-382-7182 (Kor) -Homepage: (Kor) -Hours: 9:00 - 18:00 (Nov.-Feb. until 17:00) -Entrance fee: *Idividuals Adult (Age 20 and over) : 2,000won Teenagers (Age 14-19) : 1,500won Children (Age 13 and under) :1,000won *Groups Adult (Age 20 and over) : 1,500won Teenagers (Age 14-19) : 1,200won Children (Age 13 and under) : 800won

  • Cheonghakdong Village
    Address :
    Description :
    Cheonghakdong Village, located at the southern foot of Samsanbong Peak on Mt. Jirisan, maintains the traditional style of daily Korean life. ‘Cheonghak’ means a community where a crane of blue feathers lives. Cheonghakdong is one area where no harm was ever done under any circumstances in the turbulent history of Korea. It is an inland village where electricity came into the village only 20 years ago. Over 200 residents of this community maintain the custom of wearing hair in a knot, wearing Korean traditional clothing, and doing farm work in the traditional manner of living. Next to Chunghakdong Village is the holy ground to worship Hwanin, Hwanwung, Dangun and a monastery called Samseong-gung. There are about 1,500 various types of stone towers, which took 15 years to finish. These towers are in a restoration process, to pile stones up on the holy ground called Sodo, the place where ceremonies to praise the heavenly god were held during the Three Kingdoms Era. The site is still under construction, and the restoration will continue until 3,333 folk poles are finished. To enter the sanctuary, you must strike the gong at the wooden post three times and wait for an ascetic to guide you. Hats with English writing on it should be taken off, and one person of the party should wear the proper garment on behalf of the group. When the palatial residence is shown, the ascetic solemnly requests to the group to show respect. After the showing of respect, the group can tour freely.

    Directions :
    At Hadong Bus Terminal, take a bus to Chunghak-dong. (08:20am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:20pm, 7:00pm)
    From downtown Jinju, take a bus to Cheonghak-dong. (7:15am, 9:50am, 3:50pm)

    Information :
    - Contact: Cheonghak-dong National Park Control Office, Tel: 055-883-2609 (Kor)
    - Homepage: (Kor)
    - Hours : (March-Oct.) 09:00∼18:00 / (Nov.-Feb.) 9:00∼17:00
    - Closed: Open all year
    - Entrance fee:
    * Individual :
      Age 25-64 : 1,300 won
      Age 13-24 : 600 won
      Age 13 and under : 300 won
    * Groups (30 people or more)
      Age 25-64 : 1,100 won
      Age 13-24 : 500 won
      Age 13 and under : 200 won


  • Haeinsa Temple
    Address :
    10 Chiin-ri ,Gaya-myeon, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Description :
    Haeinsa Temple was founded, during the third year of King Ae-Jang’s reign, in 802, by two monks named Suneung and Ijung. The name “Haein” originally comes from the expression Haeinsammae in Hwaeomgyeong (Buddhist scripture), which means truly enlightened world of Buddha and our naturally undefiled mind. Along with the Tripitaka Koreana (National Treasure No.32) and Janggyeongpanjeon (National Treasure No. 52), 15 more public treasures and some 200 private treasures are enshrined at Haeinsa Temple, which has been appointed as a universal cultural heritage site since December, 1995 for it’s many cultural properties and historical remains. Iljumun, Daejeokgwangjeon and the Tripitaka Koreana are recognized as famous treasures. Iljumun Gate was the first gate that every sattva must pass to become a Buddha and considered as a representative work of ancient architecture. Daejeokgwangjeon, the grand sanctuary, and the three-story stone pagoda in the yard possess the majestic appearance of the one thousand-year-old temple. Since the 23rd year of Goryeo Dynasty (year 1236), it took 16 years to finish the Tripitaka Koreana, the most famous national treasure of Haeinsa Temple, which was made as a wish to overcome the national crisis caused by Mongolia Invasion. The printing blocks are 68cm wide, 24.5cm long, 3 cm thick with wood fixed at each end to maintain balance and lacquer was applied to prevent corrosion. Silver magnolias growing near the South Sea and Geojae area were cut down, soaked in sea water for several years and then dried to make these printing blocks. The blocks are a result of the king and his people’s effort to repulse the Mongolian army with support from Buddha. The 81,340 blocks include 6,791 volumes.
    Directions :
    At the Seobu Bus Terminal, get off at Dong Daegu Station and take a bus toward Haeinsa Temple.
    Information :
    Haeinsa Temple Office Tel :055) 931-1001 (Kor)
    - Homepage : (Kor/Eng/Jap)
    - Hours: 08:00-17:00
    - Admission fee :
    * Individual
      Age 20 and over :2,500 won
      Age 14-19 : 1,300 won
      Age 13 and under : 900 won
    * groups
      Age 20 and over : 2,300 won
      Age 14-19 : 1,200 won
      Age 13 and under : 750 won
    - Parking lot : 340 spaces available

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