The sprawling port city of Mokpo is the end of the line for train and expressway traffic, and a starting point for sea voyages to Jejudo and the western islands of Dadohae Haesang National Park. Korea’s National Maritime Museum is appropriately located here, and the craggy peaks of Yudal Park rear up in the city centre and offer splendid sea, city and sunset views.
Dadohae Haesang National Park
Consisting of over 1700 islands and islets and divided into eight sections, Dadohae Haesang (Marine Archipelago) National Park occupies much of the coast and coastal waters of Jeollanam-do. Some of the isles support small communities with income from fishing and tourism; others are little more than tree-covered rocks.
Wolchulsan National Park
East of Yeong·am, 42-sq-km Wolchulsan (473 5210; adult/youth/child W1600/600/300; 5am-7pm Mar-Oct, 8am-6pm Nov-Feb), Korea’s smallest national park, invites a day of hiking. There are crags, spires and unusual shaped rocks around every corner as well as an 8m Buddha rock carving, steel stairways and at one point a 52m steel bridge spanning two ridges.