Kim Dae-jung Nobel Peace Prize Memorial

The former president Kim Dae-jung was the 15th president of the Korean Republic, and he has won the Nobel Peace Prizein 2000 for his role of devoting him self for the democracy and civil right sin Korea and Asia, the reconciliation and cooperative relationship between the North and the South by using the sunshine policy, and world peace.

The life of the former president Kim Dae-jung was that of devotion toward democracy, human rights, and peace. He has gone through 5 times of crucial moments of near death, but nevertheless he has went against injustice, and practiced “practical conscience” in the middle of the turbulent era of the modern Korean history. Also, by reconciling with, and forgiving those who oppressed and slandered him, he has displayed the appearance of the truly courageous.

The reason why Kim Dae-jung Nobel Peace Prize Memorial is established in Mokpo Samhakdo Island is because the area that the former president Kim Dae-jung was active in, from his younger years to the point when he went into the political world, was Mokpo, and Mokpo was also where his political ideology and conviction has formed, while living there. The reason for it being at Samhakdo Island, out of all places of Mokpo, is because it is a place where history and legends are preserved, and also a place where Mokpo citizen’s dreams and hopes coexist.

Mokpo Marine Science Museum for Children

Mokpo Marine Science Museum for Children has 5 main display areas. “Badasangsang Hall” is the entrance of the science museum, and it is a display area which helps children imagine the ocean and develop curiousity. “Gipeunbada” display area, with the topic of “Ocean and Exploration”, it provides experience areas such as “Ugeurugeul Nature Exploration” and “Yorijori Ocean Exploration” that explain the process of exploring ocean resources and ocean geography using a submarine. “Jungganbada”, in 2nd floor, with the topic of “Ocean and Organisms”, has display areas “Badasum Sumbakkokjil” and “Bappeun Jungganbada” so that the children can experience characteristics and diversity of organisms living in the middle sea. “Yateunbada”, with the topic of “Ocean and Environment”, is formed with display areas where you can learn about energy resources that you can obtain from the sea, and enjoy marine leisure riding yachts and WIG crafts. Lastly, “Bada Aidom” is an area formed for infants: it is formed of mud flat playgrounds which can stimulate the children’s senses to become richer. There is also “4D picture tube”, where you can see marine related videos, “mud flat ecology water tank”, and many more.

Nojeokbong Art Park

Nojeokbong Art Park, located in Yudalsan, Nojeokbong, which is within Mokpo, a city of dreams full of beauty and romance, has opened in July 29th,2009, and is currently operated as Mokpo’s complexd is play and promotion hall.

Nojeokbong Art Park is a complex display and promotion hall where Mokpo, with the beautiful nature and various areas’ cultural assets form harmony, can be promoted. The inner contents’ formation is like this: “Chapter of Welcome – Chapter of Information – Chapter of History – Chapter of Understanding – Chapter of Communion – Chapter of Interchange”. It is an area made with the purpose of, for the locals, as a place where one can understand the e,

a place where values can be shared, and for tourists, as an area where proper e and arts, such as Mokpo’s tourism resources, are introduced, and also a place where the image of Mokpo, Mokpo of Arts, Mokpo the beautiful port, and Mokpo, a place of heart’s inclination, are informed.

Mokpo Natural History Museum

Mokpo Natural History Museum is formed of the “Natural History Hall” and the “Literature History Hall”. The “Natural History Hall” has 7 display areas, with the “Center Hall” and “Geographical Feature Hall”, which shows the 4.6billion years history of the Earth clearly. It is especially noteworthy for having Prenoceratops fossils, which only two pieces exist in this world, and global scale carnivorous dinosaur’s egg nest fossil, which has been restored in Jeonnam, Sinan-gun, Apae-do (Natural Monument number 535). It also has the most dinosaur replica, fossils, and plant, insect, bird, and fish specimen in all of Korea, with a total of 40thousand pieces.

Mokpo Ceramic Livingware Museum(Ceramic Experience)

Mokpo is, based on high quality Kaolinite and abundant firewood, home to ceramic, which was made with beauty and flavor of Namdo in many Kiln Sites, and based on this, Mokpo Ceramic Livingware Museum has been established in August, 2006. Mokpo Ceramic Livingware Museum is the first ceramic livingware museum in Korea, and it is a special display area where the history of Korean ceramic livingware, that has went through the improvement procedure of crafts, architecture, and cutting edge ceramic, can be seen at a sight.

Also, the experience display area for children is a play-focused display area, filled with displays like 3d ceramic making, ceramic mud-stepping motion game, and ceramic xylophone. It is made so that children can, through ceramic, develop creativity and sensibility. Also, “Ongi Workshop”, an industry ceramic experience workshop, is managed so that one can experience ceramic colored paper pottery experience, where you can decorate mug cups and dishes with ceramic paper to create it into one’s own unique pottery.

Mokpo Literary House

The city of Mokpo, the city of arts, that has released most members, four people, in the Art Academy, has opened the Mokpo Literary House that has expressed these members’ lives and literature in a small area. There is a display area for Yeonan Cha beom-seok, who has been a representative playwright and director in a traditional realism for the past 50 years, and for Park Hwa-seong, the first female writer of Korea, who also served consecutive terms in international fan club as Korean headquarters centering member and female writer president. In the 2ndfloorthereisadisplayhallforJoseong Kim U-jin, who has had a big role in the development of the new play style and wrote 40 or so poems and comedies, creative educational hall, and arts and sciences research hall. Also, a display hall for Kim Hyun, the literary critic, has been newly opened.

Namnong Memorial Hall

It has the works of Heo Ryeon, praised by Chusa Kim Jeong-hui, who was himself famous for poetry, calligraphy, and painting in the late Joseon Dynasty, as the greatest in Haedong, and the works of 5 generations of Ullim Sanbang House, such as Mi San, Heo Yeong, Nam Nong, Heo Geon, Im Jeon, Heo Mun, O Dang, and Heo Jin. Besides, that, there are also about 300 pieces of works by maestro Nam Jong’s disciples, from the high class family of Joseon to the modern maestro of prominence, so one can run through Korea’s southern arts’ life. Not only that, there are 200 earethenware, and ceramic from Gaya and Silla Dynasty to Joseon Dynasty, along with ceramic from China and Japan, so it is a popular tourism spot for Mokpo, which many visit every year.

National Research Institute of Maritime Cultural Heritage

The marine relic display hall for National Research Institute of Maritime Research is a place where the cultural heritage sunken in the depths of the sea are excavated and displayed, and it is not an exaggeration to call it a “marine archeology museum”. “Shinan treasure ship”, found in the coastal seas of Shinan in 1975, in other words parts of Chinese merchant vessel that has been sailing across China and Japan during around 1323, Wando, the vessel used to carry Goryeo Dynasty’s ceramic that was discovered in Jeonnam Wando, and other marine heritage discovered from 6 other places and the history of ships, fishing village, marine cultural experiences, and other various things can be found in this complex maritime cultural heritage institute.

Important Intangible Cultural Heritage Education Center

It is preserving and passing down the functionality and the artistic quality techniques of the important intangible cultural heritage to continue the flow of national culture. 45 pieces of work that induces one to experience Maestro Okjang (nation’s designated important intangible cultural heritage number 100) Jang Ju-won’s mysterious jade handicraft artistic world are displayed, and the workshop is used not only for the students’ educational site, so that they may continue to pass on jade handicraft, but also for buying precious jade handicraft directly.

Important Intangible Cultural Heritage Education Center is used as a superb educational site to learn craftsmanship, to protect and continue to pass on Korean heritage, and it is receiving attention as another tourism hotspot in Gatbawi Park, where the sea and history are intermingled.

Mokpo Modern History Museum Hall

Mokpo Modern History Museum Hall No.1

It is a building that was completed in December, 1900 for consul duty of Japan, after the establishment of Mokpo Port, and after independence it has been used as Mokpo City Hall, municipal library, and Mokpo Cultural Institute. It is the oldest building in Mokpo among modern buildings that is also sufficiently large, so it is a representative heritage. It retains its exact shape from the point of construction so it has got its worth as a heritage approved: Now it is a National Historic Site number 289. It has opened as a history museum in February 2014. It has an important role as a realistic place to learn history, so that we may not repeat the mistakes of the past, and as a tourism resource.

Mokpo Modern History Museum Hall No.2

Mokpo Modern History Museum Hall No. 2 was a Mokpo branch (June, 1920) of Oriental Development Company during the Japanese rule of Korea, and there were a total of 9 branches (Busan, Daegu, Mokpo, Gimje, Daejeon, Gyeongseong, Wonsan, Sariwon, and Pyeongyang) across Korea so that Japan may monopolize and exploit Korean economy. There were 8 branches in China as well. After independence, it has been used as Navy’s Department of Mokpo’s Security, and military police of Mokpo seas. It has been empty for about 10 years, unused, but in 2006 it has been made into a historic museum and photos of Korea during Japanese Empire and modern days are exhibited to function as a live educational place of historic awareness.