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Yeosu is located midway along the south coast of the Korean Peninsula. It borders Namhae, South Gyeongsang Province, to the east and Goheung, South Jeolla Province to the west. It also shares boundaries with Suncheon to the east and Jeju Island to the south.

Geographic Features

Surrounded by the sea, Yeosu commands a panoramic view of an archipelago centering on Gamak Bay and Yeoja Bay. Scenery is outstanding, in many ways mimicking a beautiful watercolor painting. As a city flanked by mountains and hills gently sloping southward, Yeosu has relatively little flat land.

Land Area

The Sobaek mountain range that spills over from the mainland toward Yeosu creates an inviting backdrop for the city and the peninsula upon which it is located. The city itself boasts a long and undulating coastline and numerous islands, which provide tourists with countless attractions. The city is 510.09㎢ in Land Area.

Land Area by Category (Dec. 31, 2016)

(Unit: ㎢)

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Occupation des terrains
Total Forest land Dry fields Rice paddy Developed areas Industrial sites Other
510.09 303.62 39.64 64.65 22.91 20.64 58.63

Islands and Coastline

  • Number of Islands: 365 (5 connected by land, 49 inhabited, 316 uninhabited)
  • Length of Coastline: 879.03km

Administrative Districts

Following the integration of the 3 si (cities) and gun (districts) of Yeosu-si, Yeocheon-si and Yeocheon-gun on April 1, 1998, Yeosu has been classified as an "urban-rural complex city" containing 1 eup (town), 6 myeon (townships), 20 dong (communities),208 ri (villages) and 451 tong (blocks).


Yeosu has a population of 293,036 (149,333 males and 143,703 females) divided among roughly 118,910 households, making it the largest municipality in South Jeolla Province.


Thanks to consistent ocean breezes and warm currents, Yeosu enjoys milder summers and winters than other regions of Korea. The city also boasts longer spring and autumn seasons than other areas. The average annual temperature is 15.3℃ and annual precipitation averages 134.7 mm.

A Day in Yeosu

* Source: Yeosu City Hall Website