Pohang is located on the Eastern side of Korea, 2.5 hours away from Seoul by KTX and an hour away Daegu. Pohang may be considered “rural” to some, but it is far from that. Pohang is home to the most amazing morning sunrises, fresh fish an array of lovely beaches.
Getting to Pohang
Pohang is easily accessible via intercity bus and KTX. If you are traveling from far away cities such as Seoul, it is recommended to take the KTX. However if you are with an hour or two, a bus is very cheap and comfortable.
Transportation in Pohang
Unlike Seoul, Pohang doesn’t have any fancy subway systems, and the primary mode of transport are easy to navigate local city buses and taxis. Useful bus numbers to remember are the 500, 105 and 107. These buses which all pass the intercity bus terminal can take you to Pohang downtown and the beach. The 105 and 107 even go past the newly built KTX station. Taxi’s are a pretty cheap way of getting around Pohang as it is a small city, and a 20 minute cab ride will be less than 10 000W.
Where to stay
There are two popular areas for staying – downtown and along Yeongildae (formally Bukbu) Beach. Downtown is a good area for a wide variety of Western restaurants and shopping, while the beach area offers awesome night views and seafood restaurants.
What to eat
In addition to the delicious must try Korean food, Pohang is famous for the fresh selection of seafood on offer. Strange menu items such as octopus, barbecued clams, crabs and raw fish cold noodle soup are some foods that you should try and enjoy while in Pohang. Gwamegi, a kind of dried fish, is also very popular among Koreans (although I personally don’t enjoy the taste)
What to see
Pohang is not very big, but does have some special places worth a trip. In the summer months, a visit up North will take you to four of the nicest beaches in Pohang.
A beautiful and unusual sunrise can be experiences at Homigot Sunrise Plaza, a forty minute drive to the Eastern tip of Pohang’s peninsula. On your way back from Homigot, be sure to stop by Guryongpo and visit the quaint Japanese village.
Lastly, no trip to Pohang is complete without stopping at Jukdo Market, one of the oldest fish markets. Here, you can choose your seafood of your choice, pay for it and have it cooked at a restaurant in the vicinity!