[South Coast] Travel to every corner of the South Coast with Admiral Yi Sun-sin: Day 3

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Travel to every corner of the South Coast with Admiral Yi Sun-sin

Day 3:Bamboo fishing weirs at Jijok Strait -Wanghubak Tree - Samcheonpo Port (lunch) -Mireuksan Mountain Aerial Lift -Dinner and free time

1. Bamboo fishing weirs at Jijok Strait, A traditional fish trap that uses natural features (Jijok Fishing Village) 

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Traditional fishing experience,Bamboo fishing weirs at Jijok Strait

Jijok Fishing Village has used bamboo weirs, a traditional fishing technique, for centuries. Jijok Strait between Namhae Island and Changseon Island is an ideal place for fishing weirs due to the fast tidal currents. Some 20 bamboo fishing weirs are installed in Jijok Strait to catch anchovies, pacific saury, gizzard shads, and shrimp, among others. The coastal areas of the village are rich in oysters and short-neck clams. Jijok Strait is particularly abundant with marine spoon worm (“gaebul” in Korean), which is known to be excellent for increasing stamina. The “V”-shaped bamboo fishing weir structures consist of over three hundred 10 m-long oak posts and bamboo fences. You can take a close look at the bamboo weir structures and fishing methods on the 100 m-long and 2 m-wide observation deck. Follow the road along the coast away from Changseongyo Bridge to get to the deck and appreciate the breathtaking sunset. Jijok Village offers diverse experience opportunities for visitors, such as boat fishing, barge fishing, mud flat fishing, and noodling.

vObservation deck for viewing the bamboo fishing weirs

– Tips –

  • Learn about other kinds of traditional fishing methods other than the one using fishing weirs
  • Try to determine where Admiral Yi defeated his enemy by observing the tidal currents

 – User’s Guide –

  • Address: Gyeongsangnam-do Namhae-gun Samdong-myeon Jijok-ri 291-12
  • Telephone: 055-867-8249
  • Website: http://jijok.seantour.org
  • Opening hours: 00:00 – 00:00
  • Admission fee: Free
  • Parking fee: Free
  • Photogenic spot: The observation deck offers a great a view of the bamboo fishing weirs, Bamboo fishing weirs as seen from Changseongyo Bridge

2. Wanghubak Tree on Changseon Island, A resting place for Admiral Yi

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Wanghubak Tree

The Wanghubak Tree growing on farmland in Danhang Village on Changseon Island is believed to be about 500 years old. It is 8.6 m tall and its 11 limbs spread very wide. Legend has it that the tree started to grow 500 years ago from a mysterious seed an old couple found in a big fish they caught. The village people here treat the tree as sacred, performing rituals to honor the tree and ensure peace in the village and a large catch every year.

The area where the Wanghubak Tree grows boasts a dazzling view of two deserted islands and open rice paddies. It is particularly beautiful at the end of September and early October when the rice paddies turn into a golden sea sprinkled with white buckwheat flowers. The tree is also referred to as the “Admiral Yi Tree,” as it is believed that Yi often rested here. Admiral Yi unveiled his Turtle Ship at the Battle of Sacheon for the first time and won a landslide victory, but he was shot in the back. After the battle, Yi spent a night in Mojarangpo (assumed to be the Jumun-ri area in Yonghyeon-myeon) in Sacheon and had lunch under the tree the next day. The tree is designated as Natural Monument No. 299 for its ecological, folkloristic, and historical value.

– Tips –

  • Find out what other things besides trees are designated as natural monuments in Korea
  • Learn about the meaning of old trees to village people

– User’s Guide –

  • Address: gyeongsangnam-do Namhae-gun Changseon-myeon Daebyeok-ri 669-1
  • Admission fee: Free
  • Parking fee: No information

3. Mireuksan Mountain Aerial Life, For a panoramic view of Hallyeosudo

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Hallyeosudo as seen from the top of Mireuksan Mountain

Mireuksan Mountain Aerial Lift is a major attraction in Tongyeong for the magnificent views it offers. The aerial lift system, which covers a distance of 1975 m, transports up to 1,800 passengers per hour in 48 eight-seater cabins. The open view of Hallyeosudo as seen from the cable car going up to the platform is breathtaking. Notably, Mireuksan Mountain Aerial Lift is the first in Korea to employ the bicable ropeway system.

Hallyeosudo beyond the aerial lift

The peak of Mireuksan Mountain is some 500 m or 20 minutes away from the aerial lift platform. The first place to stop for a great view on the way to the mountain peak is the Battle of Dangpo observation deck. “Dangpo” refers to the site where the Samdeok Port is located now. Admiral Yi and his fleet spent a night on Saryang Island and defeated 21 Japanese warships the next day at the Battle of Dangpo. The observation deck offers an open view of a series of islands that dot the sea, such as Yokjido, Chodo, and Yeondaedo on the left of Samdeok Port, and Yeosudolsan Island, Namhae Island, and Saryang Island on the right.

Summit of Mireuksan Mountain

Mireuksan Bongsudae (Gyeongsangnam-do Monument No. 210) is the beacon tower that was used as an emergency communication tower between Dadaepo in Busan and Seoul. It sent and received signals from beacon towers in Geoje in the south and Wusan in Dosan-myeon in the north.

The spacious rocky area right above the beacon tower is the peak of Mireuksan Mountain (461 m) and the best place to enjoy the view of the aerial lift station and Hallyeosudo. The two green towers near the station support the cables and a gondola runs down the cable. The Donam Tourist Complex can be seen in the distance and Hallyeosudo can be seen right behind a hill and some islands, including Hansan Island, Sangjukdo Island, Hajukdo Island, and Hwado Island. The park created to commemorate the Battle of Hansan, Nammangsan Park, and Tongyeong City Hall, can be seen from across the sea. The flooded rice paddies in the Yasotgol Village look like a gigantic stained glass. They turn into a golden sea of rice in the fall, an impressive scene to behold.

– Tips –

  • Find out what the three major naval battles were during the Korea-Japan War
  • Learn about Bongsudae and communication systems during the Joseon Dynasty

 – User’s Guide –

  • Address: Gyeongsangnam-do Tongyeong Donam-dong 349-1
  • Telephone: 055-649-3804
  • Website: http://www.ttdc.co.kr
  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 19:00
  • Admission fee: Free
  • Parking fee: Free

 source: eng.expo2012.kr