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Old Posted May 20, 2019, 4:24 PM
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hkskyline's 2019 in Mokpo, South Korea

Cheap flights over the long weekend lured me to Mokpo, an off-the-beaten track destination for foreign tourists. Located in the southwestern part of the country, this is the gateway to many islands off the coast. The city itself is unfortunately known for its decay and poverty. In fact, the whole province saw public funding cuts from the 70s as the government tried to starve the opposition foothold.



Many fishing boats are still moored right in the city centre steps from the ferry terminals.







So it is not surprising that the sea offers a lot for your palette.















Although a new district, Hadang, and Mokpo in general, doesn't have much to offer in terms of international-rated hotels. There are a lot of love motels though, which discreetly have covers over their garage entrances so couples wanting a good time won't be as visible to everyone else.













Just a short walk from the residential area is Gatbawi Rock, 2 rocks that look like people wearing traditional hats. Formed by volcanic ash from about 80 million years ago, the rocks face the water and a promenade that extends into the water make viewing and photos easy.









Mokpo's city centre is quiet and seems devoid of much economic activity. Nevertheless, there are several historic points of interest and signage is decent to walk around and find them. The former Japanese consulate that was built in 1900 is now the Modern History Museum. It has many historic photographs and details from the painful occupation. After the Japanese left, the building became City Hall, Municipal Library, and Cultural Centre.

















Part 2 of the museum is a few blocks away at the former Oriental Colonization Company's branch. The building dates from 1920 and the company's intention was to monopolize the local economy for the Japanese overlords.







Meanwhile, elsewhere on these streets ...



























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Old Posted May 20, 2019, 7:28 PM
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nice tour.
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Old Posted May 21, 2019, 12:32 AM
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Looking not bad, Mokpo is really rare.
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Old Posted May 25, 2019, 7:06 AM
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Yudalsan is quite a popular hike and is much busier than the main streets below. The path is paved and it is not too difficult to hike up to the first few observation areas. A cable car, albeit delayed, is under construction to make the ascent even more seemless.



















My hike would end at Ildeung-bawi, the main peak. Trails continue along the ridge to the second peak, but I was already content with the city and sea views.





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South Korea looks alright, but rest of the areas are not as developed as advertised except Soeul.
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Old Posted Jun 12, 2019, 10:42 AM
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Boseong is famous for its green tea plantations in terraced, hilly settings. Daehan Dawon is the region's most famous plantation and is open to the public for a modest fee. Many Korean dramas have filmed here, with many signs pointing to where and when.

Getting here for the non-Korean speakers can be a challenge. From Mokpo, intercity buses take 1.5 hours to reach the town of Boseong and its fairly rustic-looking bus station. While there are no ticket agents working here, the machines do have English options and take credit cards for your return journey.



































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I love the juxtaposition of the line of trees to the undulating terraces. A true weed whacker's paradise. Thank you for the tour!
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