목포 Mokpo by the sea

A reader just asked us about Mokpo, so I thought I’d share a little bit of information about this charming little city by the sea.
Whit and I mostly used it as a jumping-off point to the many islands sprinkled away from it, all accessible by quick (or slower-paced open-air, my favorite) ferry.
But Mokpo, with a population of about 250,000, is not a city to be skipped in Korea. Whether you’re looking to travel there over the weekend or wanting it to be your next home away from home, this centuries-old city is worth a stop.

A few of our favorite things in the city:

  • Yudalsan, a small mountain that overlooks the sea and the city. We walked here from the ferry terminal (not bus station) and then walked up the backroads and neighborhoods and saw a stunning sunset over the West Sea. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of soju and have a nice picnic up there along the rocks.
  • Mokpo has two museums, the Mokpo Natural History Museum and the National Maritime Museum . We only made it to the outside of these museums but the boardwalk along this area is very pleasant as well. You can rent rollerblades and bikes.
  • The ferry terminal. Like I said, we used this as our jumping-off point to many of our favorite islands–Bigeumdo, Heuksando, and even the far-flung Hongdo, and even farther, the infamous Jeju Island. If you’re heading out that way, it’s best to have a Korean friend book your tickets in advance. Summer months can be hectic!!! We almost didn’t make it out to our island one time. 

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