Mokpo (목포시) is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, on the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula.


Mokpo's location in South Korea

At the very southwestern corner of the Korean peninsular, Mokpo is a large port city with some claim to fame from hosting the Korean Formula 1 circuit.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) 7.0 8.1 12.2 18.1 22.7 25.1 27.7 26.9 26.4 21.7 15.1 6.0
Nightly lows (°C) -1.8 0.2 3.9 9.6 13.8 19.2 22.1 22.1 19.1 12.6 7.4 -0.9
Precipitation (mm) 12.4 15.8 92.3 71.4 72.8 69.9 136.8 255.0 74.7 98.6 95.7 92.3

Source: 2014 Korea Meteorological Administration

Get in

By plane

Mokpo is serviced by Muan International Airport. Flights operate domestically to Jeju island, and internationally to Shenyang, Tianjin, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Beijing in China. The airport is 22km from the city.

Alternatively Gwangju airport can be used with regular flights to Seoul Gimpo airport.

By boat

There are regular ferries between Mokpo and Jeju-do, and also to some smaller islands in the southwest. Ferries to Jeju cost between ₩25,000 and ₩49,000, depending on how fast you want to get there. Cheaper ferries take about 5 hours, and faster ones can make it in about 3.

By bus

Mokpo is about five hours from both Seoul and Busan by bus, and there are regular fares to and from both, costing around ₩25,000. From Ansan to Mokpo costs ₩19,000.

By train

Trains run regularly to Mokpo, which is the last station on the rails in the southwest. The KTX line splits in Daejeon, and only the Honam line continues west. Thus, passengers heading to Mokpo must travel through Seo(West-)Daejeon station. From there, the trip takes just over two hours on the KTX and costs ₩25,000 won.

The intercity bus terminal is a 10-minute (₩5,000) cab ride from the ferry terminal and train station. City bus 1 also runs this route, and costs ₩1,100.

Get around






Go next

To continue on to the islands to the south by bus, visitors must depart from the intercity bus terminal. A ticket on a coach bus to the island of Jindo costs ₩6,000 and the trip takes just over an hour. This bus runs every 30-45 minutes from 6:15 - 20:30

You may also want to consider a trip from the city's passenger ferry terminal, from which boats run to a dozen nearby islands, many of which are part of a marine national park. Heungdae (about ₩40,000 round trip) and Hongdo (about ₩75,000 round trip) are particularly beautiful.

Routes through Mokpo

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