The 30 meters high statue with the ceremonial stone in front and the museum commemorate the Naval Victory at Okp? by Admiral Yi Sun-shin over the Japanese fleet at May 7, 1592.
The Japanese forces which invaded Pusan at April 14, 1592 occupied Seoul on May2 after taking Sangju and ch'ungju. P'yongyang was taken on June 13. The Japanese forces were plundering, killing and setting fires across Korea.
Naval commander Won Kyun sent Yi Yong-nam, an officer stationed at Yulp'o, to Naval commander Yi Sun-shin to ask for reinforcements. Admiral Yi received the request at April 29 and gave orders to his fleet of 85 vessels to sail from Yosu heading for the Kyongsang sea.
Arriving at sea off Sobip'o at sunset, Admral Yi and his fleet stayed there overnight. At dawn of the next day, May 5, they headed for the sea off Tangp'o to meet Won Kyun in the morning of the day thereafter. Yi added six more ships of the Namhae region to his fleet and sailed around the Southeren tip of Koje-Island, where they stayed overnight.
In the early morning of May 7 the Korean fleet headed for Kadok-Island (aka Ch'onsong) where the Japanese fleet was mored. As the Korean fleet of 91 ships reached the sea off Okp'o around noon an arrow signal from a reconnaissance ship reported enemy ships deep inside Okp'o Bay. Admiral Yi ordered a calm (move like a mountain) attack. This attack destroyed more than 30 of the 50 enemy ships that where anchored along the piers.
At the Victory Memorial Park you can see everything about the great victory of the Korean navy led by Admiral Lee Sun Sin.
Entrance Won 500.
There is a small zig-zag road to the top.
Kojo-Do houses two of the world's biggest shipyards. The biggest drydock (a mile long) is at the Okpo Daewoo Shipyard. The other one is the Samsung shipyard at Gohyon.