Share it Please
|Sunrise at Pohang City|
You wake up in the morning to the sound of the wave of the sea. You crawl out of the warm bed of a pension house and look out of the window and you witness the astonishing sight of the sunrise that encompasses the horizon while the darkness slowly fades to give way to the light brought by the sun. The sea, the mountains, the houses on the waterfront and the total landscape appear as if some great artist is on the process of sketching its outline. The morning is quiet and still and all you want to do is sip a cup of coffee while watching the wonders of the world slowly unveiling right before your eyes. You hold your breath not only because of the amazing extension of the sun rays from an unseen celestial being, but also because finally, a new day has come. You hear people laughing and discreetly chatting as if whispering sweet sound with each other. And you say to yourself………..
“What a wonderful world!!!”
I could just recall the melancholy of that imagination, the truth of the matter is that I did not just imagine it, I experienced it in the city of Pohang in North Gyeongsang Province of South Korea.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I welcome you to Pohang, a place located 110 km North of Busan and 360 km SouthEast of Seoul.
|Early morning view in Pohang|
So what’s so special about this place?
I’m guessing the name of the place doesn’t even ring a bell for you. When visiting South Korea, you may want to explore other parts of the country that are maybe less popular but as much interesting as Busan and Seoul, and I recommend Pohang because I guess it has the most beautiful sunrise in South Korea.
In fact, there’s this thing they call Homigot Sunrise Festival in Pohang. Homigot is one of the most famous places in Pohang, there’s a place they called Homigot Sunrise Square where people gather every first of January to watch the sunrise over the East Sea. People usually take photo of the sun that pass through the fingers of the metal hand that has been constructed in the water. However, it was already late in the morning when we went to Homigot Sunrise Square, so this is the only photo I could share (boohoo!!!)
It could have been better with the sunrise but I still feel fulfilled because I was able to see this infamous hand. Of course, taking photo with it on the background is mandatory.
|Photo opp area with the metal hand in the water|
We usually see photos of this hand in the water, but it actually has a pair. The other hand has been constructed on the land. The palm of the hand in the water faces the palm of the hand on the land to symbolize harmony and coexistence.
|A metal hand facing the other metal hand in the water|
|One of the activities you can do in Homigot is flying kite which has become a bonding activity for friends and families|
I can’t express how much I appreciated Pohang city. The view and scenery make driving all over the city so much fun. It was literally a joy ride for me as we traveled from one place to another. The coastline was breathtaking. As much as I wanted to swim in the open sea, it looks as though it was not necessarily designed for that purpose because of it being so rocky. There are certain beaches in Pohang city where you can go to enjoy the water especially during summer time. Nevertheless, the cool breeze of air coming from the sea not to mention the marvelous view is still worth the visit.
|Overlooking the view of the sea|
For accommodations, there are a lot of Hotels in Pohang South Korea, you can just book ahead or find a pension house situated near the coastline so you can still have beautiful view even if you are in your room.
|At the pension house in Pohang|
For example, if you want to go to Homigot from Pohang Bus Terminal, you can take Bus Number 200 from the bus terminal, get off at Guryongpo transfer center and from there, wait for the bus that will take you to Homigot.
I can’t say my appreciation enough about the city of Pohang. I could not forget my travel on that city because it was actually an unplanned trip. I was just tagged along by a relative to attend/crash a party of Tropang Ilonggo (a Filipino tribe community in Korea) and I just found myself partying with people I don’t even know (hahaha).. but it was fun though. It was such a great opportunity to discover a city in Korea called Pohang.