The Port of Donghae is located on South Korea’s east central shores on the Sea of Japan in Gangwon Province. The Port of Donghae lies in mountainous terrain and is rich in natural resources, including some wonderful beaches. The Port of Donghae is a free industry zone and has seen much investment in the past years. A new cruise ferry takes passengers from the Port of Donghae to Tottori and the Port of Vladivostok in Russia and Sakaiminato in Japan.
There are two ports in the province, and Mukho Harbor is about six kilometers north-northeast of the Port of Donghae. Much of the traffic that used to go to Mukho now goes to the Port of Donghae, and Mukho is primarily a fishing port. In 2001, over 103 thousand people called the Port of Donghae home.
Historic records document the presence of a town on the site of the modern Port of Donghae as early as the 17th Century. However, the city did not mature until the 20th Century.
In 1979, the Port of Bukpyeong Harbor opened for business. The law establishing Donghae City was passed in 1980, and it incorporated nearby Mukho town. In 1981, the Port of Donghae established a sister-city relationship with Tsuruga, Japan. In 1986, the old Bukpyeong Harbor was renamed Donghae Harbor.
In 1991, the Donghae Municipal Assembly was opened, and the mayor, elected by popular vote, was took office in 1995. In 1996, the third Conference on expansion of the East Sea Region was held in the Port of Donghae, with 12 cities from four countries attending.
In 2001, the Donghae City Facility Management Corporation was established. The 44th Korea Folk Art Festival, with 20 provinces and cities participating, was opened in the Port of Donghae in 2003. In 2004, the Donghae Whale Fossil Museum was opened.
In 2005, the Port of Donghae’s Bukpyong Industrial Complex was designated as a free economic zone.