17 일째 – Pohang : Seafood & Beach

First day in Pohang!  We start the day with a delicious seafood breakfast made by my friend’s mother.  There is never this much food at my househood for breakfast … Fresh seagfood and tofu for the market.

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My friend warned her mom that I am a slow eater.. but the food is so good so I have to eat slow and enjoy!!!!  …After breakfast, we were given 10 minutes to get ready because we have to go shop for a hanbok for my friend’s wedding! SO exciting!

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They have probably visited a few Hanbok stores because they walked in and made a decision pretty quickly right from the colors to the patterns.  Apparently, these traditional clothes are fairly expensive.  Most of the dresses are a bit course on the outside, material wise, but I suppose the softer it is the higher the price.  They are also quite colorful, especially for the younger girls.

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I love fabrics! Even though I don’t know what to do with it.  In any case, this gave me a fun opportunity to shop for hanbok, especially a wedding hanbok since I will probably never have the opportunity to do it again .. kekeke.

The next stop is the library.  My friend had to use the computer to make something, so I used this time to study for my quiz on Monday (but the score still didn’t turn out that good for obvious reasons).

The library is free so anyone can walk in and study but those without a library card cannot borrow books. It wasn’t that big but the DVD selection is huge!

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The next stop is Yeongildae Beach (영일대해수욕장).  According to the website, it is the largest beach is the east coast and it looks like a boardwalk from many western countries.  However, when my friend was growing up in Pohang, she said it looked nothing like this so there wasn’t any childhood memory from here.

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Along the beach are also many food stands.  We bought a skewer from this happy old man.  He sold us a skewer for 4000 Won each and we bought two.

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There are also some beachside artwork and they get removed and replaced from time to time, giving a fresh seaside look each time.

The beach is quite nice … except POSCO is on the other side and it gives a factory look.  Posco is a factory making steel but it pumps a lot of revenue back into Pohang.

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There was also a festival happening that weekend!  It wasn’t much of a festival as it is an opportunity to give people to sing some old time trot while others drank soju 🙂

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Near the end of the beach is a pavilion where people can come to see the sea or to see the sunrise from above the waterline (or the industrial buildings).

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Literal translation: receive sun pavilion.

The sun slowly sets behind the beach and the many cafes, restaurants, and hotels that now lines the seaside.

 

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At night POSCO lights up; therefore we waited at an Indian Restaurant and drank a cup of Lassi (Indian yogurt drink) and chatted a bit.  The restaurant is called the Taste of Asia and it also sells Indian and Vietnamese food.

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The view from the inside is not bad either.  The tables quickly filled up with people as well.

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The photo of the restaurant from the outside.

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My friend’s mom owns a restaurant and she was getting ready to prepare a delicious meal for us at her restaurant.  Therefore, we didn’t want to buy anything to eat… except there was a nice food truck selling shrimp rice!

The sell it for 9000 won and there was such a long line-up that at one point, they didn’t want to take orders until all the older orders were completed and even at that, the people didn’t leave.  It is good for young people to start up like this, we think.

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At night, the lights at Posco lights up as there are lights shining onto the Pavillion.

The last stop for the day is at my friend’s mom’s restaurant.  It doesn’t normally sell sashimi but she bought and made it especially for us!  It was so delicious!  There was also soup!

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.. and that ends Saturday in Pohang.

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