Hanhwa Aqua Planet | AR Trick Eye Museum | Maritime Cable Car @ Yeosu, South Korea

Hello there! It's me again!
Today, I'm back here to blog about the things to do in the city of Yeosu.
I've blogged about Songdo in my latest travel blog, if you missed it out, feel free to check out the post right HERE yea.
YEOSU, situated at the southern end of the Korean peninsula, surrounded by many islets and coastal beauties that draw in visitors all year round.
The region offers both natural and man-made attractions, which has been dubbed one of the most beautiful ports in the nation, where multitudes of tourists and residents go for enjoyable holidays and short weekend trips.
As it is surrounded by archipelago of the vast Namhae Sea which comprised of over 300 islands (most of which are uninhabited), Yeosu allows you to peacefully escape from the busyness of city life by connecting you with the surrounding nature.

KTX train from Incheon to Yeosu was approximately 3 hours.
My second time traveling with KTX train, whereby the first time was traveling from Busan to Seoul.
The train really makes traveling so easy and convenient, because it's fast, the schedule is on time and also the seat is very comfortable and clean.
The only issue that might happened is the luggage storage place maybe limited due to the amount of the passengers going with the train.


Hanhwa Aqua Planet Yeosu is the second largest aquarium in Korea, and also a landmark of the Southern province with a record of about 1 million visitors every year.
The aquarium is a four-story building located at the 63 Building. 
It features three main exhibitions hall, include main tank, a 360 degree view tank and freshwater fish tanks.
It's my first time visiting an aquarium in South Korea, so it was really excited to meet the world-re-owned marine creatures with my real eyes. #hehe 

Inside the aquarium, there are approximately 34,000 marine organisms of about 280 species including rare animals such as beluga (white whale) and baikal seal.
Besides, there are also many education programs and performances are going on inside the Aqua Planet, like the feeding shows, Beluga whale show, the mesmerizing performance of beautiful mermaids and the funniest clown in the large main tank. :)

One of my favourite spot is the doctor fish, where you can put your fingers into the mini tank and let the doctor fish eat your dead skin away. 
It's so tingling. #hehe

Another main highlight about Hanhwa Aqua Planet Yeosu is the aquarium was used as one of the filming sites for the K-drama "The Legend of the Blue Sea", starring by Lee Min-Ho and Jeon Ji-Hyeon as the main casts. 
One of the scenes taken at here is after Jun-Jae came back from his trip to Spain, he visited a special place, Hanhwa Aqua Planet Yeosu on his birthday as this is a place holding memories of his mother.
At here, he reunited with Sim-Cheong.

This is where Lee Min-Ho and Jeon Ji-Hyeon standing inside the drama. :p

It was a great experience spending time at Hanhwa Aqua Planet Yeosu.
I believe kids will enjoy seeing the sea animals through the big and small tanks at the aqua planet.
If you are in Yeosu, why not give it a shot?!


Inside the 63 Building, there is also an AR Trick Eye Museum, located next to the Hanhwa Aqua Planet.
So basically, you can spend one whole day at the same complex if you want to trick or be tricked inside the Trick Eye Museum.
For those who never visited at any trick eye museums before, Trick Eye originated from "Trick of the eye", which refers to a traditional art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images through the use of optical illusions.
The museum is full of paintings on walls, floors, and ceilings, so once you step inside the Trick Eye paintings and installations, you then can create your own original stories without any boundaries.

I've visited Trick Eye Museum before in Jeju and Seoul, but I find the latest technology in the new museum right now become more advanced, whereby visitors can explore 3D optical paintings and installations by "becoming one" with artworks.
You can become the subject of the artwork on the display by creating your own stories with the paintings; either step inside, crawl into the paintings, or interact close with the characters.

You can also download the apps, "TrickEye Yeaosu", available on both iOS and Andriod to your smartphone to enjoy 3D-ness of the moments. 
Through the special apps, the flat paintings look three-dimensional, providing more vivid and amazing experiences, which makes it feel like the entire exhibition comes alive.
You can also watch amazing reality effects and make your own creative photos and videos too!

The museum is really huge, so I think it's very nice to go with a bunch of friends to share the fun and laugh together.
You can enjoy 7 different theme zones from the museum, such as aqua fantasy zone, sweet fantasy zone, jungle adventure zone, alive mining zone, horror fantasy zone, Yeosu zone of memories, and interactive media zone.
I personally enjoy the sweet fantasy very much, coz it's way toooo sweet and cute. :)

It's definitely something different from the trick eye museum I been before, especially with the AR technology as you can see the eye-popping effects from the flat paintings.
All in all, this is one of the great memories I had in Yeosu. :)

If you are interested visiting Hanhwa Aqua Planet and AR Trick Eye Museum, do check out the price list from their website.
They have different packages for the places you want to visit and also special offers for group travels.

63 Building
Add: 61-11, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Tel: +82-61-660-1111
Opening hours: 10am - 1900 (everyday)
How to get there: take a train from Yongsan Station to Yeosu-Expo Station → walk about 10-15 minutes to arrive 
Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=2375845


Yeosu Maritime Cable Car is the first of its kind in Korea, connecting 1.5km between Dolsan park and Jasan park.
Passengers can choose either they want to ride with standard cabins or crystal cabins.
Both cabins have different admission fees on the website; standard cabin costs 15,000 won for adults and 11,000 won for children (round trip), while crystal cabin costs 22,000 won and 17,000 won for children (round trip).
In particular, crystal cabins allow passengers to observe the ocean below ones feet, experiencing the thrill of being suspended in mid-air through its transparent flooring.

Rise and shine! :)
The duration of the cable car was pretty fast, which only took 13 minutes for one way and 25 minutes for two ways.

It's nice to take the cable car up to the hill, especially with the nice weather in Yeosu.
From the hill, you can have a view from Expo Ocean park through Odongdo to wide open seaside scenery as well as romantic view of Yeosu night sea which gives a spectacular screen.
Indeed, the panoramic view of the Yeosu's harbour was really beautiful. :)

If you are planning to take a ride with Maritime Cable Car, it would be nice to go up in late evening so that you can also see the sunset view as well.
We stayed there till sunset, and the view right in front of me was SO lovely!

A beautiful "yolk" view in Yeosu. :)

Yeosu Maritime Cable Car
Add: 3600-1, Dolsan-ro, Dolsan-eup, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do
Opening hours: 9am - 2130 (Weekdays, National Holidays & Sun), 9am - 2230 (Sat)
How to get there: from Seoul station → take a train to Yeosu Expo Station → take bus No. 2 → get off at Jinnamgwan → transfer to the bus that goes to Dolsan 
Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1997301

A visit to Yeosu cannot be complete without tasting the local must-eat food.
We ended the day in Yeosu with a very delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
Since Yeosu is a maritime city, with famous beach and island, one of the popular dish in Yeosu is the Marinated Raw-Crab, a kind of sashimi that marinated with soy sauce.
We also tried Galchi Jorim, a Korean Spicy Braised Hairtail Fish Stew, that mixed with a lot of chili flakes, slice radishes, leeks and also the Grilled Fsh Set, which is cooked to crispiness on the outside, but tenderness on the inside.
Oh ya! Do not forget to try the Dolsan Gat-Gimchi too, which is one of a banchans that made by ocean wind and alkaline soil. #musteat
It's really a sinful dinner in Yeosu! :)

That's all for today.
Hope you enjoy traveling with me to Yeosu.
My next coming up travel post will be Suncheon, which is my most favourite place during this trip.
I love the place so much, and really can't wait to show you how beautiful Suncheon is!
Do stay tuned ya! Love xoxo

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