Tongyeong is full of traces of Yi Sun-sin, the hero who saved the Kingdom of Joseon from war. Admiral Yi Sun-sin established a naval headquarters on Hansando Island, Tongyeong, from which he led the Battle of Hansan Island to great victory. In Tongyeong, all you have to do to follow the footsteps of history is simply follow the significant temples of the area.

    Chungnyeolsa is a shrine that commemorates Admiral Yi Sun-sin's loyalty and merit. There, you can see a monument to his achievements and nine ceremonial items sent by the Emperor of Ming. Changnyangmyo Shrine is a shrine built by the people to commemorate the fidelity of Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who died in war. Jeseungdang was the site of Admiral Yi Sun-sin's headquarters where he devised a strategy to win the war with his staff. Spend a meaningful time in Tongyeong by following the footsteps of a man who had to face overwhelming odds to protect his country.


    Tongyeong Chungryeolsa Shrine

    Quiet shrine dedicated to a hero of Korea

    • History

    At Chungnyeolsa Shrine in Tongyeong, you can find the traces of Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who left the greatest legacy as a naval commander during the Imjin War. Admiral Yi Sun-sin, also known as Chungmugong, is a famous general not only in Korea but abroad for his great feat in defending the Kingdom of Joseon from the threat of annihilation. Chungnyeolsa Shrine is the resting place for Admiral Yi's memorial tablet, established to commemorate his valour and loyalty.

    Passing through Hongsalmun Gate, which signifies one's transition into sacred land, and going through the main gate with a large Taegeuk inscription brings one to Jeongdang, a place that formerly hosted memorial services for the great admiral. The altar houses Yi Sun-sin's memorial tablet and a majestic painting dedicated to the admiral. Around the altar, a screen called Palsapumdo stands like guards as a tribute to Admiral Yi's achievements. Travel back in time at this reverent shrine dedicated to one of the greatest heroes of Korea.

    Location: 251, Yeohwang-ro, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)55-645-3229


    Jeseungdang Shrine

    Historical spot where you can feel the anguish of a hero

    • History

    Jeseungdang Shrine is a place where you can feel the valour and anguish of Admiral Yi Sun-sin, the hero of the people who saved the country from invasion. It is said that Admiral Yi used Jeseungdang, which means “house of victory,” as his headquarters, and it is said that this was the place where he came up with the strategy that won him the victories that inscribed him into the annals of history.

    Passing through Hansanmun Gate, which bears a sign handwritten by Admiral Yi, you will see Jeseungdang toward the front, and a beautiful pavilion on the right-hand side. Here in this pavilion, you have a wonderful view of the sea of Namhae. You can imagine Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who must have stayed up all night in deep thought, sitting alone on the pavilion in front of this beautiful scenery. Jeseungdang Shrine is a must-visit place on Hansando Island, both for its historic value and the scenery.

    Location: 70, Hansanilju-ro, Hansan-myeon, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)55-642-8377


    Miraesa Temple

    Small temple nestled in a cypress forest

    • History

    Miraesa Temple is a quiet and small temple nestled deep at the foot of Mireuksan Mountain in Tongyeong. Although it is not very large, it holds special charm as a dense cypress forest surrounds the temple. It is said that Miraesa Temple is the only temple in the country with cypress trees.

    In spring, when new shoots sprout, the refreshing scent of cypress trees spreads far in the wind. When one passes through the cypress forest and crosses the bridge over the pond where tortoise play, one can find a handsome mountain temple. Take a serene stroll through the temple surrounded by the forest to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and heal your mind. From the top of Mireuksan Mountain, just a short climb from Miraesa Temple, you can enjoy an expansive view of Tongyeong and the Dadohae. It will be a special place that provides much-needed rest for the weary people of today.

    Location: 192, Mireuksan-gil, Sanyang-eup, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)55-645-5324


    Changnyangmyo Shrine

    Shrine dedicated to a Korean hero

    • History

    Changnyangmyo Shrine is a shrine built to commemorate the fidelity of Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who was killed in action after the end of the Imjin War. One can see the respect that the people of Admiral Yi's town had for the man from the history of this shrine, which is said to have been built by the people of Tongyeong to commemorate the Admiral's sacrifice at the end of his long struggle to save his country. At Chungnyeolsa Shrine, another shrine built to commemorate Admiral Yi Sun-sin, a ceremony is held in his memory in spring and autumn, and at Changnyangmyo, a memorial ceremony is held to commemorate the day of his death.

    The shrine originally took form as a thatched-roof house, but it was later converted into a tile-roofed house. Today's shrine takes on the form of a Confucian academy with Gojiksa Residence. Even in Tongyeong, where traces of Admiral Yi Sun-sin can be found throughout the region, Changnyangmyo Shrine has a special meaning as the first shrine to commemorate the hero's memory. How about taking time to visit the memorial to Admiral Yi Sun-sin, a true hero of the people?

    Location: 27, Changnyang-gil, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)55-645-7761


    Anjeongsa Temple

    Thousand Year Temple built by a great monk of Silla

    • History

    Anjeongsa Temple was built by Wonhyo, a great monk from the Silla period. It is a temple with a long history, which earned the temple its nickname of a “Thousand Year Temple.” When you pass Iljumun Gate, which captures the Buddhist teaching to wash away your mortal afflictions and head to the world of enlightenment, you find Anjeongsa Temple settled next to a small valley. The stone bridge that crosses over the valley adds to the charm.

    Daeungjeon Hall of Anjeongsa Temple is majestic and splendid, with a hip-and-gable paljak roof and massive columns with a diameter of 80cm. Its bronze bell alone has sufficient historical value to be designated as a National Treasure. In Buddhism, bells are tools that convey Buddha's teachings into the ground through sound. That is why Anjeongsa Temple rings its bell 28 times in the morning and 33 times in the evening, to deliver the words of Buddha throughout the entire world above and under the ground. Trace the journey of a great monk at this Thousand Year Temple and feel the beauty of the Namhae.

    Location: 363, Anjeong 1-gil, Gwangdo-myeon, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)55-649-7170


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