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by Ina Louise Manto | September 29, 2023
Planning a trip to South Korea? If you’re looking for places to visit outside of Seoul, you might want to add Pohang City to your itinerary. Known as the City of Steel and Light, Pohang is roughly four hours via bus or a 2.5-hour speed train away from Seoul. Its most popular attraction is the Space Walk, which is perfect for thrill-seeking tourists. Here’s everything you need to know about this destination, including places to visit around Pohang:
Pohang Space Walk
If you’re the type to skip roller coaster rides in amusement parks, the Pohang Space Walk might be the more ~manageable~ tourist attraction for you. Nestled at Hwan-ho Park’s highest peak is this gigantic installation made of steel, which is also Korea’s first and largest experiential staircase sculpture. Complete with loops, turns, and everything in between, the Space Walk was completed in 2021, making it one of the newest attractions to visit in the country.
Boasting a 333-meter track length and a height of 24.6 meters, the Space Walk provides a stunning 360-degree view of Pohang City. It features three concepts: a.) it stands as a symbol of light and iron, b.) “walking slowly” allowing guests to find their picture-perfect spot, and c.) “cloud” which gives visitors the feeling of walking on clouds due to its height.
In case you’re wondering, no, you can’t walk the loop in the Space Walk. There are a total of 717 stairs to walk at your own pace, and entrance here is free.
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Don’t worry when you visit at night, because it’s as beautiful as well! The stairway is lined with LED lights, and if you’re a fan of sparkling city lights, the view is a treat!
Pohang Space Walk is located at 30 Hwanhogongwon-gil, Buk-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do.
How to get to Pohang Space Walk from Seoul
From Seoul, take a KTX train at the Gyeongbu Line and exit at Pohang-si Station. This trip will take about 2.5 hours. Then take the 9000 bus and alight at the Senior Welfare stop (ride for 10 stops). Hwan-ho Space Walk is a five-minute walk away from the bus stop.
Other attractions to see in Pohang
Since you’re already in Pohang City, here are attractions worth visiting as well:
Cheongsong Ice Valley
Location: 228 Palgaksan-ro, Juwangsan-myeon, Cheongsong-gun, Gyengsangbuk-do
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Feel like you’re entering the world of Frozen when you visit Cheongsong Ice Valley. It’s a must-visit during winter, and this stunning location has also been a backdrop to dramas and movies. There is no admission fee here too; but you can opt for a winter tour, which is available online.
Hometown Cha Cha Cha filming locations
If you’re a fan hit K-drama Hometown Cha Cha Cha, be delighted to know that many of its iconic scenes were filmed around Pohang. Check out our guide below:
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Here’s to beach lovers – don’t forget to visit Yeongil Beach and head to the Yeongil Bridge where a Korean pavilion stands. With views of the vast sea as your background, your insta-pics here will look straight out of a postcard.
Homigot Sunrise Square
Location: 47-7 Guman-ri, Homigot-myeon, Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyengsangbuk-do
Adding to our list of coastal destinations in Pohang is Homigot Sunrise Square. This location features a gigantic sculpture, also known as The Hand, which is juts out from the sea. Homigot is known as one of the best places to witness the sunrise in South Korea and locals go here during the New Year.
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