This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Mokpo. To help you make friends with Mokpo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Mokpo is a large port city in the South Jeolla province of South Korea. On the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula, it is the gateway to the Dadohae National Maritime Park and islands in the Yellow Sea. Mokpo is the end of the line for bus and train services from Daejon, which has high speed train service to and from Seoul; this is the easiest way to get to Mokpo and out to the islands.
The many islands off the coast of Mokpo mean that it lies in protected waters and is less prone to tsunamis than other coastal regions of Korea. It also made a very sheltered port for the Japanese, who occupied the city from 1910 until the end of World War II. The Japanese built a number of neighbourhoods for their colonists; today they are the city’s historic districts and beautiful places to explore for an afternoon.
The old city is definitely the place to look for a hostel. Most of the local restaurants are in the same area, and as some hostels in Mokpo do not allow cooking, you will need to eat out every meal. Most Koreans speak English, and the Korean characters for “hostel” are “호스텔,” pronounced “hostel.”
Mokpo has plenty of outdoor activities and several interesting museums. As you might expect from a large historical port city, the Research Institute for Maritime Cultural History is there, which catalogs life in the Korean maritime industry and archaeological remains and conservation of shipwrecks and related artefacts. Another great museum is the Mokpo Natural History Museum, near the maritime museum. In this same area, on Gatbawi Street, are several other museums too.
Inland, travellers can hike Yudalsan, the mountain that towers above the city. It’s a very easy walk and the views back over the sprawling city are worth the hike up there.
Written by local enthusiast for Mokpo hostelsJakob Lombardi