Mokpo, South Korea
Mokpo is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, on the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula. It is a major port city surrounded by hill facing the sea. With more than 1400 islands within the coastal area, the Port of Mokpo enjoys rich fishing grounds, and it is the gateway to South Korea's most productive granary, the Honam Plain.
The old town area around Mount Yudalsan is of particularly interest, featuring architecture that dates back to the industrialization period of the early 1900s. On Culture Street, popular attractions include Gatbawi, a prominent natural monument, as well as a number of cultural experiences offered at the National Maritime Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Ceramic Livingware Museum, and the Culture Arts Center.
Things to See & Do
* Gatbawi Park Museum
* Yudal San Park
* Old downtown area
* National maritime museum
* Mokpo Natural history museum
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – South Korean won (₩) (KRW)
Language – Korean
Population – 260,000 approx
Land Area – 47.92 km²
Electricity – two vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time - GMT plus nine hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 82
Port Location – The port of Mokpo is located in Main harbour.
Travel Links – Mokpo and Gwangju are both serviced by Muan International Airport. Flights operate on the Gimpo-Mokpo route, and sometimes on the Jeju-do route. However, the airport is 22km from the city.
There are regular ferries between Mokpo and Jeju-do, and also to some smaller islands in the southwest. Ferries to Jeju cost between 25,000 and 49,000 won, depending on how fast you want to get there. Cheaper ferries take about 5 hours, and faster ones can make it in about 3.
Mokpo is about five hours from both Seoul and Busan by bus, and there are regular fares to and from both.
Trains run regularly to Mokpo, which is the last station on the rails in the southwest. The KTX line splits in Daejeon, and only the Honam line continues west. Thus, passengers heading to Mokpo must travel through Seo(West-)Daejeon station. From there, the trip takes just over two hours on the KTX.