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Dongpirang Village

See how this village community and its local artists saved their Tongyeong neighbourhood from being demolished and redeveloped.

Dongpirang Village, in the heart of Tongyeong, is an intriguing example of people power and artistic innovation. In the 2000s, the working-class neighbourhood of Dongpirang Village was condemned to be demolished for upscale apartment development. The hillside community resisted the demolition by coming together to paint the streets with colourful images and artworks. The area became a cultural tourist destination and the demolition was cancelled. Dongpirang Village still stands tall today, adorned with the community-driven street art that helped it survive.

Wander through Dongpirang Village’s narrow streets to see the famous murals and decorations. Locals regularly update the walls with new paintings, so the streets are constantly evolving and each visit might present an entirely new streetscape.

Past murals featured homages to historic and famous artworks, such as fish swimming in a clouded sky and popular culture references, like a painting of Homer Simpson. A popular photography opportunity can be found at the mural depicting two large angel wings with a space for you to stand in between.

Dongpirang Village has a strong community of artists and writers, many of whom draw inspiration from Tongyeong’s stunning landscape. Sit in a café with some of the local artists and enjoy a coffee, small Korean treat and a chat.

Tongyeong City is located in the heart of the coastal Hallyeohaesang National Park. The port city lies on the main island of Tongyeong, a collection of over 150 islands. Reach the area by car or bus from Busan. Buses between Tongyeong and Busan airport are frequent throughout the day and the trip takes approximately two hours. See a more scenic route via the Geoje ferry before taking the bus to Tongyeong.

Dongpirang Village is situated on the hill above Joongang Market, Tongyeong Harbour’s main fish market. The village is free to enter and features exceptional hilltop views across the harbour, the city and its hills and the islands dotting the ocean.


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Dorcas Tourist Hostel

Dorcas Tourist Hostel

74-9, Saeteo-gil, Tongyeong
3.9
of 5, from 16 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chungmu, this hostel is close to Nammangsan International Sculpture Park, Dongpirang Village, and Dongpirang Wall Painting Village. Also nearby are Nammangsan Jogak Park and Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car.

AU$58
Hotel Gallery

Hotel Gallery

257-27, Donam-ro, Tongyeong
3.6
of 5, from 11 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Suryuk, this hotel is close to Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car, Nammangsan International Sculpture Park, and Nammangsan Jogak Park. Also nearby are Jeonhyeoklim Art Museum and Dongpirang Wall Painting Village.

AU$63
Hansan Hotel

Hansan Hotel

247, Tongyeonghaean-ro, Tongyeong
4.0
of 5, from 39 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to Nammangsan International Sculpture Park, Nammangsan Jogak Park, and Dongpirang Wall Painting Village. Also nearby are Dongpirang Village and Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car.

Chungmu Beach Hotel

Chungmu Beach Hotel

89, Jungang-ro, Tongyeong
3.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chungmu, this hotel is close to Dongpirang Village, Nammangsan International Sculpture Park, and Dongpirang Wall Painting Village. Also nearby are Nammangsan Jogak Park and Jeonhyeoklim Art Museum.

AU$49
Bay Resort Tongyeong

Bay Resort Tongyeong

257-93, Donam-ro, Tongyeong
3.3
of 5, from 3 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Suryuk, this hotel is close to Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car, Jeonhyeoklim Art Museum, and Nammangsan International Sculpture Park. Also nearby are Nammangsan Jogak Park and Dongpirang Wall Painting Village.

Soh Guesthouse

Soh Guesthouse

6-33, Jungangsijang 4-gil, Tongyeong
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chungmu, this guesthouse is close to Dongpirang Wall Painting Village, Dongpirang Village, and Nammangsan Jogak Park. Also nearby are Nammangsan International Sculpture Park and Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car.

Hansan Marina Hotel & Resort

Hansan Marina Hotel & Resort

826 Samchingihaean-gil, Tongyeong
2.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Irun, this hotel is close to Hallyeo-haesang National Park, Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car, and Jeonhyeoklim Art Museum. Local attractions also include Nammangsan International Sculpture Park and Nammangsan Jogak Park.

AU$62
Benikea Anchovy Hotel

Benikea Anchovy Hotel

56, Dongho-ro, Tongyeong
3.6
of 5, from 26 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chungmu, this hotel is close to Nammangsan Jogak Park, Nammangsan International Sculpture Park, and Dongpirang Wall Painting Village. Also nearby are Dongpirang Village and Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car.