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  A City of the future reaching out globally with great ambition
Mokpo is a truly beautiful and historical port city located in the southwestern corner of the Korean peninsula that has been preserving its unique cultural traditions since ancient times. Blessed by superb scenic beauty of quaint hills and stunning ocean vistas, it is a city of a rich culture that attracts visitors year round. It is the home of 'Namdo-yehyang'('southern province of art') because the area has produced numerous artists. Connecting the continent to the ocean via sea, air and land routes, Mokpo has secured for itself growth engines which include plenty of marine tourism resources and shipbuilding facilities. As much of the SOC infrastructure has been completed including the Muan International Airport , Mokpo New Port , KTX terminal and West Coast Expressway, and as the national government Comprehensive Southwestern Area Development Plan is now making a visible progress, Mokpo is rapidly emerging as a hub city for marine tourism and logistics in Northeast Asia .
  History of Mokpo
In the age of Samhan it belonged to Mahan, and in the age of the Three Kingdoms it was Mulahye (勿阿兮) county of Baekje. In the Unified Silla period it was called Muan county, and in the Goryeo Dynasty it was called Mulryang county (勿良郡), or Muan county. These names did not refer to Mokpo City alone, but included Muan and Sinan counties. Over the years its administrative jurisdiction changed several times, and during the Joseon Dynasty it became a ‘Hyeon' (prefecture) of Naju Mok. The name 「Mokpo」 first appeared in a history book called 〈Goryeosa (the History of Goryeo)〉, but its origin is not certain. Some say it was called Mokpo (木浦) because it was a port with lots of trees, while others say it was called so because it produced a great quantity of cotton. But the most plausible explanation is that it was called Mokpo because it was an important point leading from the West Coast to the land. In 1439, the 21 st year of King Sejong of the Joseon Dynasty, the 「Mokpo Manhojin」 was installed. During the Japanese invasion in 1592 Admiral Lee Sun-Sin installed ‘Sugunjin' (a naval base) in Mokpo Gohado and stayed there for 108 days. Mokpo port was opened on October 1st, 1897. Afterwards, on October 1st, 1910, the year when Korea lost its independence to Japan, it was renamed 「Mokpo-bu」. In 1932 part of Muan county was added to Mokpo. Its size grew to 8.6 ㎢ and its population to 60,000, becoming one of the top 6 cities of the country. It was known as a trading center of 一黑 (laver) and 三白 (raw cotton, rice and silkworm cocoon). On August 15th, 1949 「Mokpo-bu」 was renamed 「Mokpo City」. Since then SOC investment was promoted creating the Mokpo New Port, Muan International Airport, and industrial infrastructure such as the Daebul industrial complex and the Samho industrial complex. Mokpo continued to grow as a hub city of the southwestern coast. It is a "city of the future reaching out globally with great ambition."

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