18 일째 – Pohang : Homigot Sunrise Square (호미곶 해맞이광장)

Last day in Pohang!  We had another delicious breakfast and we were off to meet our friend who came up from Busan.

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After breakfast, I actually went to church because my friend attends church.  I got to learn a few Korean words and sang songs.  After church, I said goodbye to my friend’s mom and we were on our way to pick up our other friend to go to Homigot.

The bus station isn’t that far and that would be where I would take the bus home later that night as well.  I think the bus station is Shiwae (Intercity) Bus Terminal 시외 버스 터미널.

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On the way, we passed by POSCO up close.  We also drove for a very very long time before reaching Homitgot.  It is much further than we all anticipated!   Homitgot is located on the tip of Pohang and the most eastern peninsula point of Korea.

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We finally made it!  The road was windy as well so it took extra long but since I was with good friends, it didn’t seem too bad at all 🙂

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There were many people there despite the windy cold air.  Some of the people drove while others had on hiking clothes so I wasn’t sure where they came from.  Perhaps there was a hiking route nearby.

We came all the way here to see these hands.  They were built in 1999.  This is the first of the pair, it is located on land and we can take photos with it.

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The other one is at sea.  It looks a bit freaky but people love coming here for new years to see the first sunrise.  When the sun rises, it would come between the fingers of the hands, as if it had captured it.

These hands were meant to represent reconciliation and coexistence for the new millennium.

img_20161218_142101759It was really windy, so we went into a coffee shop shortly after.  There was only the one coffee shop I saw but they have a nice window view.

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The coffee shop name was Esperanza and its logo is the same as the hand raising out of the water.  The guy at the counter was funny – he was completely unphased about anything.

After a delicious coffee and cake, we went back out once more to enjoy the view.  However, we needed to get back before the sun sets.

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I really love these panorama shots!  The background is the Homigot Lighthouse which is just as famous as the hand in the sand.

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On the way back, my friend took a scenic route called the Homigot Coastal Route (this is the translation), I can’t actually write in Korea in my chrome book.

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We got back to the city of Pohang and headed towards the bus stop.  Right across from the bus station is a Korean restaurant that sells tofu soup.

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After dinner, we went and bought our bus tickets.  It turns out there was a station right outside Yeungnam University!!! I didn’t even need to make a run back from Daegu.  The bus from Pohang and Daegu runs so frequently that they didn’t even give us a time or seat. You can get on if there is space.

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… hence the long lineup at the terminal!

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The ticket says 2 hours but the driver got back in less than an hour!  Therefore, I went to my dormitory and started studying for my quiz the next day …

End of the most exciting weekend thus far!

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