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Mokpo

Mogpo
Administration
Full nameMokpo
Native name목포
Native name langKorean
Settlement typeMunicipal City
CountrySouth Korea
RegionHonam
Geography
Total Area18.5 sq mi (47.92 km2)
Demography
Total Population241679 (2006)
Density (pop.)5196.5/km2 (13458.9/sq mi)
DialectJeolla

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Mokpo (Mokpo-si) is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, on the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula. Mokpo has frequent train service to Seoul and is the terminus for a number of ferry routes serving islands in the adjacent Yellow Sea. Port of Mokpo is not far from Yudal mountain, a picturesque area with numerous tourist facilities.

During the Japanese Occupation, Mokpo served as a crucial port for commercial ventures and transportation owing to its location connecting Japanese archelago and Chinese mainland. It means the port played stopover between sea routes. Great deal of islands surrounding the port also served less dangerous possibility of tsunami in terms of weather condition. As the metropolitan city during Japanese rule, the city held oriental company of Japan to have large residential areas in current historic districts. However, after independence, the city slowly lost the stepping up foothold to host major organs of governments and notably the process for working factories within the economic boom. The shortage of secondary industries base caused serious spill of population becoming middle sized city guarding Honam region.

Former president Kim Dae-jung earned full support from electorates at president election in 1997, while other political rivals are accused of having tried to underdevelop the city to decrease its population. The city still went through series of platforms to grow up its ability to hold stronger status in South Jeolla province in spite of economic depression and complains of residents at original downtown. According to the city's page, the mayor Jeong Jong Dueg says it is goal of Mokpo to be home to arts of Yellow sea in brilliantly developing Northeast Asia.


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