Korea Travel : Sunrise View Point, Homigot in Pohang 



I have impulse to go travel time to time.

The day before yesterday, I just had that impulse.
My b-friend and I decided to go somewhere, but don’t know where will be.

1. to Pohang city from Busan

In the morning, on the bus to Nopo bus terminal(in Busan), I searched a suitable place to go using my smart phone. Inserting ‘a trip near Busan’, it popped up with few areas including Pohang, Jinju, Milyang, and Kyungju. I looked through the screen full of pictures and letters. Among them, Pohang just caught my eyes with pictures of beautiful sea sceneries.

I bought two bus tickets for me and b-friend at the ticketing booth, that cost 7,700won each. Later, w went downstairs to catch a bus at Platform 26. Getting on a bus, I appreciated the views over the bus window, and my b-friend seemed busy reserving an accomodations for night.

Arriving at the hotel, we unpacked our luggages and took a rest. My muscles felt a bit stiff and strain from a bus trip. I stretched my arms and legs lying on the puffy bed covered by white linens. 

2. to Homigot via Guryongpo

Homigot is the most well-known place in Pohang. It is a point of land jutting out into the East sea and one of the easternmost points on the Korean peninsula. It gives a marvelous view at sunrise, because its shore faces the east sea that makes an excellent view point for sunrising. A number of Koreans visit this spot every first day of the year. And I can’t miss that much fameful tourist attraction.


My b-friend and I went out to get ‘Homigot’. We didn’t know which direction to go at first. Thanks to Pohang citizen’s help, we could take a bus no.200 that reached to ‘Guryongpo’. Later, We got off at Guryongpo transfer center at 4:10. we checked the timetable for the next bus. According to that, the bus departs 4:50. Shoot. We had 40minutes left until the departure.



3. Arrival to Homigot

While waiting, we had a small tour around the bus stop. It was so chilly with swirling wind that we scurried and trotted to warm ourselves. Smelling salt of sea and hearing seagulls, we could see numerous fishing boats decked in. Clear blue sky and sea. We gazed at the blue horizon serenely for a minute. But Freezing Cold. We couldn't stand the coldness any longer. We rapidly took a few photos in front of the wonderful sea view. We ran back to the bus stop and get on the bus.


Getting off another bus, it seemed less cold. But 10 seconds later, I felt as if icicles were restlessly poking my body. We hastened to go somewhere inside. There was a museum that must have been warm. Oh my goodness. It was closed. The sign hanging on the door said it closed only on Monday. It was not Monday. But it seemed tentatively closed because of the new year holiday. We didn’t have any place to escape from cold but just confront it.


Homigot was distinctive with a signature sculpture, Hands of Sangsaeng(Harmony), on the ground and the sea. Fortunately, sun setting made a breath taking view in front of us. I got dazed by beautiful combination of colors derived from atmospheric scattering. Wonderful. But Freezing Cold. After taking few photos, we had to rush into a snack bar to survive cold weather. We melted our hands cupping a cup of americano by the gas heater. I’ve come across both hell and heaven.


How to get to Homigot from Pohang bus terminal

1. Take the bus no.200 in front of Pohang bus terminal.
2. Get off at the Guryongpo Transfer Center.
(Be aware that there are several Guryongpo blabla stops.
So Don't be confused. The bus terminates at Guryongpo Transfer Center.
You can ask the bus driver, mentioning "Homigot" 

The driver will help you notifying the stop to get off.)

3. Check the bus time table for transfer in the bus waiting room.
4. Take another bus Heading Homigot (about 20 minutes).
7. Get off at "Homigot sunrise tourist spot"
(You can ask a help of the bus driver again.)

8. Enjoy Homigot!

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