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Pohang Travel Guide, South Korea

Pohang Travel Guide-symbiosis of steel industry and culture

Pohang is a city in the north of Busan, 210 miles away from Seoul and only 23 miles from Ulsan benefiting of River Hyeongsan and the shore to the Sea of Japan. It is home for the large steel producer Posco. Besides offering employment facilities to the city, Posco launched its own museum showing the evolution of the company from a very modest beginning to one of the most competitive enterprises in the world. The museum is also a learning place for the next generations. In 1980, Posco opened the Hyoja Art Hall, a place for performances to be held in the best possible conditions of sound, lighting and projection. The significance of being a harbor is not only seen economically as one of the gateways for shipping goods or as the terminal point for ferries coming from Japan, but people of Pohang try to maintain the respect and awareness for the marine culture. This means ecology, fishing in organized places, nicely arranged beaches, even sea water spas and a unique national museum- The Lighthouse Museum. As a caring community, Pohang has a large number of schools and a University for Science and Technology.

Pohang Travel Guide-cultural and natural treasures

In the north of Pohang, there is Naeyeonsan Mountain, full of waterfalls (Sambo, Boyeon, Jamyong, Yeonsan) and also Gwaneum cave. This mountain also shelters Bogyeongsa temple, built in 723. Another important temple of the city is Beopwangsa. It was destroyed several times and what we see now is the version built in 1952. For those interested in ethnology, a place to see is Yeongil Folk Museum. If you plan a trip to Pohang or you are one of the many English teachers staying there for a year or two, get informed about the festivals, held mainly in summer, amongst which: International Firework Festival, Marine Cultural Festival, Sea Food or Beach Song Festival, National Youth Baseball Tournament.

Pohang Travel Guide- a city of well being

One may enjoy food, especially seafood either by buying it raw from the street or by eating in one of the many restaurants of Pohang. The local dish is called guamegi. It is cooked out of pike which is frozen and defrosted in order to imitate the traditional habit of keeping it outside to dry. As a soup, you may taste something made of sea weeds and if you need an energizer, eat pidegi- made of cuttlefish and having a high level of taurine. Instead of fruit, try a specialty made of berries called Jaenggi Bokbunja. If you had enough food, enjoy a little bit of shopping by choosing a local market, a specialties street or Central Shopping Mall Streamlet. This is not a traditional mall building, but an original piece of architecture, consisting of a street full of shops and in the middle of the street there is a water flow. Sitting on a bench, people are soaking their tired feet in water and children are splashing it all over.

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