Mokpo


All of the information here was provided to us by teachers who live here.

Mokpo is a city of 300,000 people.  A harbor city it has many of the benefits of a costal city (Yudal Beach, for one).  It also has a more authentic feel than Seoul, Busan, or Daegu for those who want the amenities of a modern city while also learning about today’s Korea.

 

Location

Mokpo is located near the southwestern tip of the peninsular.  The popular city of Gwangju is about an hour away by bus.  There are many smaller cities in the area that have an abundance of festivals popular with the province’s expats.  The Jindo Miracle of the Sea Festival is a perennial favorite.

 

Grocers in Mokpo

Every neighborhood will have at least one small grocery to take care of your daily needs.  But for a wider selection of foods and other household items you can go to the big box stores that are not unlike a supermarket, Wal-mart, or Target.

Mokpo has all three of Korea’s major big box stores so you will be able to shop around and learn what you can get where and for the best prices.  They are...

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Lotte Mart
E-Mart

Ask your new friends or co-workers and they can tell you the closest one to you.

 

Shopping
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Hadang is Mokpo’s new population center.  Most the city’s shops and major stories have moved to this area in response to its growing population.  You will likely find most anything you need here.

 

Restaurants

You’ll find familiar Western favorites in Mokpo—such as Domino’s, McDonalds, or Quiznos—but you will also find Korean chains that serve good Western-style food.  For example, Ashley’s, a buffet, or Café Lemon Table which offers tasty and original hamburgers.

 

The Pub Scene

Moe’s Bar
Texas Bar
Wa Bar
Eden (Dance Club)
Mix (Dance Club)

 

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The Mokpo fish auction is run by the ferry terminal and, we’ve been told, is quite interesting to watch!

The many pavilions along the trails on Mt. Yudal offer varied and wonderful views of the islands.

 

Public Transportation Overview

Like any city in Korea, Mokpo’s public transportation is clean, cheap, and efficient.  It is quite easy to get around a Korean city without a car.  The going rate for a taxi in Mokpo is USD$2.30.

In addition, most places in the city are relatively close to the downtown area.  Many places are no further than about a 20 minute walk.

Mokpo has frequent train service to Seoul and other parts of the country, as well, so don’t go thinking the city is tucked away in the middle of nowhere.  In a country the size of Indiana or England, travel does not near as long as some are used to.  A direct high-speed train Yongsan Station in Seoul is about 3 hours and 15 minutes.  A bus to Daegu is about 4 hours.

Mokpo is also the terminus for a several ferry routes serving the surrounding islands in the Yellow Sea and the Dadohae National Maritime Park.  Tadohae Haesang National Park, Chin-do, Hong-do and Shinan Island are popular ferry destinations.  As is Jeju Island, called Korea’s Hawai’i.

 

Cost of Living and Saving Money

The cost of living is cheaper than in the USA and other English-speaking countries.  Things just cost less.

A lot of money also saved because of the necessities from home that aren’t necessary in Korea.  There are no car payments or insurance.  Americans will drop their mouths then they see how cheap the health care is.  Your rent is paid for.

Most people have no trouble paying off debt and student loans.  Our Mokpo teachers have told us they live comfortably on about USD$600-800 per month.

 

Tourism


Dadohaehaesang National Park is the largest national park in Korea.  About 335 sq km (130 sq mi) is land and the rest, 1,987 sq km (767 sq mi) is marine.  Its main attractions are Hongo, Heuksando and Baekdo.  The park boasts 1,541 plant, 11 mammal, 147 bird, 885 insect, 13 amphibious reptile, 154 ocean water fish, and 11 freshwater fish species.

There is also a number of museums you can visit.  Here are just a few:

National Maritime Museum
Mokpo Natural History Museum
Mokpo Folklore Museum
Regional Cultural Center  Hyangto Munhwagwan
Namnong Memorial Hall

The old town area around Mount Yudalsan, also called the historic district, is of interest because of its ties to the industrialization period of 1900s and the Japanese occupation of the city. 

On Culture Street, popular attractions include Gatbawi Rock, a prominent natural monument, as well as the National Maritime Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Ceramic Livingware Museum, and the Culture Arts Center.


Festivals

Yudal Mt. Flower festival – April or May
Mokpo Cultural Festival – September or October
Ceramic Fair – end of September
Festival of Largehead Hairtail – October (fishing festival)

 

Local Universities

Mokpo National University
Mokpo Catholic University

 

Korean Lessons

An open group meets every Wednesday at 9pm at Angel In Us Coffee.

 

Hiking

Hiking is the national pastime in Korea.  A quintessential Korean scene is the whole family, grandparents down to small children, hiking together in the mountains.

Besides being on the ocean, Mokpo is also at the foot of a mountain, Mt. Yudalsan.  A quick bus ride, walk, or taxi will get you to the trails easily.

 

Recreation

Yudal Stadium and its immediate area has an indoor swimming pool, ballpark, and 8 lane tracks as well as a tennis court.

The Mokpo Cultural Complex has two halls – one for performance and one for exhibition.

These are just two places to go.  The best way to find things to do in your spare time is to ask your friends!  Take advantage of your new Korean and expat friends who can give you all the insider tips.

 

Blogs

http://www.followjillsadventures.wordpress.com

 

Facebook Groups

Mokpo Expats

 

Current Teachers’ Emails

We have an amazing group of teachers in Mokpo we’d be happy to connect you with.

 

Teacher Testimonial About Mokpo

“I love Mokpo!  It’s small yet big. I come from a town of 40,000, so to move to a town of 300,000 was a nice change.  I’ve found my way around fairly easily, and although I still get turned around every now and again, it’s the perfect size for me.” ~ Jill V.

 

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