A suspension bridge has been built to link Yeosu and Gwangyang port.
The bridge is named after the legendary 16th-century admiral, Yi Sun-shin. Its length of one-thousand-545 meters also symbolizes the year when the Josen Dynasty admiral was born.
This is the first suspension bridge South Korea has built solely with its own technology and materials. South Korea used to depend on Japan to build suspension bridges in the past.
The key technology in building a suspension bridge is to sustain the weight of the bridge with two giant cables, instead of piers.
The cables of Yi Sun-shin Bridge can withstand the weight of 40-thousand tons, an eight-magnitude earthquake and strong winds blowing 90 meters a second.
The opening of the bridge will shorten the time it takes to transport products from the Yeosu Industrial Complex to Gwangyang port from 80 minutes to ten minutes.
Yi Sun-shin Bridge will temporarily open on May tenth, two days before the beginning of the 2012 Yeosu Expo.