Pohang (포항시; 浦項市; harbour.neck.city) is a city in Gyeongsangbuk-do. The population as of 2004 was 508,937, including:
- 507,129 Koreans and
- 1,073 non-Koreans.
The city is served by several trains a day from Seoul and is the terminus for a number of ferry routes serving the adjacent East Sea / Sea of Japan. Pohang is the home of POSCO (the Pohang Steel Company), one of the largest steel producers in the world and it has a large community of scientists from around the world.
The city is also home to K-League soccer club Pohang Steelers.
- Area: 1,127.69㎢
- Population density: 454/㎢ (2003)
- Number of households: 168,917 (2003)
- Administrative divisions: 2 gu, 4 eup, 10 myeon, 19 dong
- Location of city hall: 35-19, Deoksu-dong, Buk-gu, Pohang-shi (포항시 북구 덕수동 35-19)
- City flower: Rose (장미)
- City tree: 해송
- City bird: Seagull (갈매기)
To the north of the city are the counties of Yeongdeok and Cheongsong, to the south are thecities of Gyeongju and Yeongcheon, and to the east is the sea.
Pohang is located in the far southern region of the Taebaek Mountains, where the mountains are quite low, and thus there is quite a bit of agricultural land.
The city is next to the ocean and its moderating influence, and there is more rain in Pohang than most parts of the country, as well as a lot of fog. The average yearly temperature is 13.4℃, the average temperature in January is 0.6℃, and the average in August is 25℃. The average precipitation over the year is 1,091.1mm.
- Homigot (호미곶) - an area along the sea with two large hands about twice the height of a human. One stands in the middle of the plaza and the other one is out in the sea a little bit, and at certain times of the year the sun sets right over top of it, making it appear as if a giant hand is reaching out of the sea to pull the sun down. -
- POSTECH is one of Korea's most important universities and focuses on Science and Engineering. In an effort to become internationally competitive POSTECH has begun moving towards becoming an English Campus. POSTECH is supported by POSCO steel.
- Bukpu Beach is the most developed beach in Pohang proper. Bukpu or "North Beach" offers an imposing view of the POSCO industrial area, which is lit up at night. There are many restaurants and cafes. Many restaurants specialize in grilled clams.
This beach is very popular in the summertime as the moderate waves and facilities make it ideal for families. Bukpu has what is consider some of the best sand in the area, but the shallow waters are better for wading rather than swimming.
Bukpu is also the site of many festivals throughout the spring and summer. These include the Pohang Fireworks festival and the Pohang Yacht Festival. The Bukpu area will also be the home to Tilt Bar 'n Grill.
Restaurants and Bars
As the average Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants are in abundance throughout Korea and are easy for foreigners to find, the following restaurants reflect a sampling of restaurants considered to be either popular or are western-friendly choices and other ethnic foods.