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Mokpo is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, located at 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 and Dadohae National Maritime Park. The port of Mokpo is not far from Yudal mountain. During the Japanese Occupation, Mokpo served as a crucial port for both commercial ventures and transportation, owing to its convenient location along the sea routes between the Japanese archipelago and the Chinese mainland. The large number of islands surrounding Mokpo have also served as a protective barrier, making the city less vulnerable to high tides and tsunami. During Japanese occupation, the city had large residential areas, which are now the city's historic districts, to accommodate the Japanese colonists. However, after the end of World War II, and following Korea's independence in 1945, the city slowly lost its position as a host to major government organizations and wartime industries. Mokpo's shortage of secondary industries and thus jobs caused a serious population drain. As a result, it was reduced to a mid-sized city of the Honam region.
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