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Top Choice Cafe in Mokpo & Around

House Filled with Happiness

Mokpo's most attractive cafe, with dark polished wood, dim lights and a wrap-around veranda, is inside a restored Japanese colonial residence. Given the history, the name may seem ironic, but there's no denying that…
Top Choice Museum in Mokpo & Around

National Maritime Museum

This is the only museum in Korea dedicated to the country’s maritime history. The highlights are two shipwrecks, one dating from the 11th century and the other from the early 14th century. Thousands of priceless ite…
Top Choice Korean in Mokpo & Around


Mokpo is known for its octopus, particularly for its nakji tangtangi (chopped live octopus). This is the best place in town to try it, and if you're not quite up for the challenge of eating it still wriggling, the n…
Top Choice Korean in Duryunsan Provincial Park

Wonjo Jangsu Tongdak

Hungry? Come here to feast on tongdak (통닭), chicken served in two courses. First comes a tabletop stir-fry of chicken marinated in a tangy, spicy sauce, followed by the rest of the bird and mung-bean rice porridge. …
Museum in Gwangju

Gwangju National Museum

The Gwangju National Museum’s collection traces the region’s cultural history, from its prehistorical beginnings through the Joseon period (1392–1897), via artifacts, paintings and calligraphy. Look out for the Chin…
Museum in Gwangju

Gwangju Folk Museum

Learn about traditional life in Jeollanam-do through the somewhat retro-looking dioramas and models here, which cover everything from kimchi and clothing to courtship rituals and shamanism.
Museum in Gwangju

Gwangju Museum of Art

Managed by the same folks who put on the Gwangju Biennale, this art museum shows up-and-coming Korean artists along with more established local names, such as Heo Baek-ryeon (pen name Uijae) and Oh Ji Ho.
Museum in Gwangju

Uijae Museum of Korean Art

This gallery displays landscape, flower and bird paintings by the famed Heo Baek-ryeon (1891–1977), whose pen name was Uijae. His rebuilt house is a short walk away. About halfway between Uijae and Jeungsim-sa is th…
Italian in Gwangju

Bari E

Local fashionistas flock to this earthy corner cafe/restaurant to dig into thin-crust pizzas, pastas and healthy salads whilst flicking through fashion magazines. There’s a wide range of drinks including coffee, jui…
Korean in Gwangju


There's a whole string of restaurants specialising in oritang (오리탕; duck stew) along the aptly named Duck St, but this 80-year-old joint, which seasons its stew with ginseng and jujube, is the most famous. It's pric…