A look at Pohang, Song Ji Hyo’s hometown

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It’s no exaggeration to say that Song Ji Hyo is the face of Running Man. The now 40 year old actress stars in the drama “Was it love” along aside Son Ho Jun (known for drama “Go back couple”) and Kim Min Joon (known for drama “Damo” & for being the husband of G-dragon’s sister, Kwon Dami).

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She’s got acting chops, flawless skin, brains and stamina (she’s the ace in Running Man for a reason) and is so kind-hearted. (What does she not have??) She’s also originally from Pohang, a part of South Korea where I was born.

Pohang is a city in the province of North Gyeongsangdo of South Korea. The city is divided into two parts, the Buk-gu (the north) and Sam-gu (the south)

It is known for:

1. Seafood

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Pohang is a large seaport. That means being able to go the wet market in the morning and purchase all kinds of seafood that’s been really just caught from the sea and sliced expertly.

Pohang is most famous for “guamegi”, which is essentially herring or mackerel spike/saury dried in the ocean wind for about 10 days. It’s food specially eaten in Pohang.

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Pohang is also known for its “daegae” (literally “big crab”; 15-20cm!). Just recalling the taste of the soft daegae and how good it tastes to have rice with it… I’m salivating already.

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It’s also known for mulhwae, a type of sashimi served with cold sauce. Absolutely mouthwatering!

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2. Homigot

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Beautiful place. (Although I remember thinking the hands are beautifully built but a little queer) I used to go to this place with my family to see the sun rise in the New Year. It’s called “Sangsaeng-eiu-son” and was built in 1999. One hand is built on land and the other is in the sea. Both were made to symbolize the idea that people of South Korea will live in peace helping one other. Google says the hand is called “Hand of Mutual Shake” but… I really think there could be a better English name for the two hands…

Address: 286-1 Daebo-ri, Homigot-myeon, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

3. Posco

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Posco is a steel-manufacturing company in South Korea with its headquarters in Pohang. In 2015, it was the world’s fourth largest steelmaker. An amazing feat, considering Pohang is not exactly the most urban place, located about 7 hours’ (sometimes more) bus ride away from Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

In 2018, the company ranked 9th on the KOSPI ranking behind companies like Samsung and Hyundai.

4. Pohang Jukdo Market

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The market is most well known for its very fresh, just-caught seafood. It only sells all sorts of things (there’s nothing you can’t find here that you’ll need for daily living) from clothes, utensils, food (i.e. kimbab, dalgona, ddukbokki, hotteok, traditional Korean snacks of an uncountable variety). If you visit Pohang and you don’t visit Jukdo Market…you’re missing out on a lot.

5. Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

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It ranked 71st in the QS World Rankings (2018) and after KAIST, probably one of the best science & tech universities in South Korea.

6. Satoori

In other words, “regional dialect”.

People born and bred in Pohang speak with a distinctive accent. They even tend to use certain vocabulary which Seoul people will find hard to understand.

Doesn’t specifically contain Pohang saootri. A video comparing dialects spoken by Gyeongbuk region and Gyeongnam region. (Please turn on subs)

That’s it for the distinctive traits of Pohang, the hometown of Song Ji Hyo! To find out more about Korean culture, history, study tips, living in Singapore and everything in between, follow “Han Style” and give this post a “like”! 🙂

Cheers, Han Seol

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