Mokpo City is a beautiful town facing the sea and surrounded by hills and a wonderful natural maritime environment. Ferries take visitors to Dadohae-haesang National Park and the islands of Chejo, Chin-do, Hong-do, and Shinan. The Port of Mokpo is proud to be the home of President Kim Dae-jung, winner of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. The city is also proud of its ancient roots in the Namdo culture. Visitors will find the area a mystical place of dreams and romance with abundant beautiful clean waters and unforgettable scenery.
The climate of the Port of Mokpo has short springs and falls, cold dry winters, and warm wet summers. Wind and fog are common in the spring and autumn, and its proximity to the sea causes significant variations in daily and yearly temperatures.
The Korean National Maritime Museum in the Port of Mokpo was opened in 1994, and it is the only maritime museum in South Korea that preserves and exhibits the country's long marine history. It also provides space for recreational and educational events. Its five exhibition rooms exhibit artifacts recovered from underwater and many models and replicas of marine vessels. A glass wall presents glorious views of the sea from the building.
The many islands offshore of the Port of Mokpo offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities. Many of the islands are contained in the Dadohae-haesang National Park. The most popular island is Hong-do, and ferries visit it each day. The national park is a wildlife sanctuary and reserve made up of more than 1700 islands and islets, some with small communities that live on fishing and tourism. The islands are a virtual paradise for nature-lovers and a romantic get-away.
The Port of Mokpo's Natural History Museum is an international exhibition facility containing specimens covering the 4.6 billion years of the planet's history. It also contains cultural artifacts representing local culture and history. The museum contains the only two existing fossils of the Prenoceratops and Concohraptor dinosaurs as well as many rare marine reptiles. Visitors will be enthralled by the museum's 36 thousand artifacts. The Natural History Building focuses on the importance of the natural environment and ecosystems by displaying rare fossils, minerals, meteorites, and specimens of animals, fish and shellfish, birds, insects, and plants. The Local History Building contains indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces that include art galleries, a soosuk room, cultural history, and rock gardens.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Mokpo by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.