11 Things to Do in Pohang (Is It Worth Visiting? + Kdrama Sites)

During one of my South Korea visits last year I took a day trip to Pohang from Gyeongju.

I mainly visited Pohang to visit Hometown Cha Cha Cha kdrama filming sites, but I also love coastal views.

Turns out there’s lots of nice things to do in Pohang!

In total, I spent 6 hours fitting in as many sites in Pohang as I could.

Would I go back to explore more and was Pohang worth visiting even just for a day? Keep reading until the end.

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Where is Pohang and Why Visit?

Pohang is a coastal city on the east of South Korea. Pohang is known for its beaches, cultural sites, and beautiful coastal views.

Pohang is 2.5 hours from Seoul by train, and 3.5 hours by bus.

Full directions from Seoul to Pohang here.

Popular kdramas like Hometown Cha Cha Cha, Run On, and When the Camellia Blooms were also filmed here. So if you’re a kdrama fan, and itching for a laid-back trip in Korea, visit Pohang.

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Top Things to Do in Pohang

Here are the top places to visit and things to do in Pohang. I mostly visited central and northern Pohang.

Yeongildae Beach

A sunny day at Yeongildae Beach in Pohang, Korea, with a view of the city skyline across the water. A sloped concrete walkway runs parallel to the shoreline, marked by a row of round stones leading into the sea. People enjoy a leisurely stroll along the pier, with urban buildings and clear skies in the background.

Yeongildae Beach is one of the largest beaches in the east coast and where I got off the bus from Gyeongju.

The beach has soft sandy shores and clear waters. You can walk along the promenade and take photos in front of the various art installations.

Yeongil Bridge

Yeongil Bridge in Pohang, Korea, extends over calm waters, featuring traditional Korean architectural elements. Visitors can be seen admiring the view from the bridge, which ends in an elegant pavilion. The sturdy stone base and ornate balustrades complement the natural beauty of the seaside setting.

If you walk down the promenade from Yeongildae Beach, you’ll reach the Yeongil Bridge, or Young-il Bridge.

Once you walk the bridge, you can go up to the second floor of the traditional wooden observatory deck. It’s especially beautiful during sunset and at night when it lights up.

Hwanho Park Space Walk

An intriguing view from beneath the Pohang Space Walk, showcasing its unique spiraling structure with visitors exploring the winding pathways. The metallic framework supports the curving walkways as they ascend into the sky, offering a modern architectural element against the backdrop of a clear blue sky. Top things to do in Pohang

Hwanho Park Space Walk, or Pohang Space Walk is one of the most popular sites and things to do in Pohang.

This stainless steel art is a walkable rollercoaster and art installation with spiraling steps and beautiful views of Pohang’s coast at the top. It’s definitely a thrill!

The Pohang Space Walk is a 20-minute walk from Yeongildae Beach.

If you’re visiting Pohang in the winter, take a day tour that includes Cheongsong Ice Valley and Pohang Spacewalk:

The image is an advertisement for the "Cheongsong Ice Valley and Pohang Spacewalk Day Tour." It showcases visitors interacting with the stunning ice formations in the Ice Valley, with a 4.8-star rating from 42 reviews and over 400 bookings. The page also offers options to join in a group and meet with a guide for a 12-hour tour, available in English and Mandarin. A couple is pictured in the foreground, providing a sense of scale and the surreal beauty of the icy landscape.

Igari Anchor Observatory

A wooden walkway extending into the sea at the Igari Anchor Observatory, featuring a man in a dark suit walking towards the camera. The pier curves gently and is lined with white railings and lampposts, leading towards a small, red-roofed gazebo at the end. Visitors can be seen enjoying the seascape, with the horizon stretching wide in the background.

The Igari Anchor Observatory is another popular place to visit in Pohang. You get sweeping panoramic views from the observatory deck that’s shaped like an anchor.

You’ll see clear views of the teal-colored water. Scenes from the kdramas Run On and Destined With You were also filmed here.

Igari Anchor Observatory is located more north if you’re visiting the Hometown Cha Cha Cha filming locations, but it’s definitely worth a visit.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha Filming Locations

Many fans have visited Pohang since the release of the popular kdrama Hometown Cha Cha Cha. If you haven’t watched the kdrama, I’d say that the Sabang Memorial Park is still worth visiting.

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Sabang Memorial Park (Boat on a Hill)

A boat perched on a hill at Sabang Memorial Park, offering a panoramic view of the sea and coastline. The vessel, painted white with blue and red accents, rests on grass, seemingly ready for an imaginary voyage. A visitor is capturing the moment, highlighting the boat's unique location against the backdrop of a vast, blue sky.

Sabang Memorial Park is where the iconic Boat on a Hill from Hometown Cha Cha Cha is located. However, to get there, you walk through and up many stairs of the park that lead you to panoramic views of Pohang and the sea. It’s quite a work out, but the views were beautiful and serene.

A lush, verdant landscape viewed from Sabang Memorial Park in Pohang, Korea. The vista features rolling hills blanketed in dense forest, with a cluster of buildings nestled among the trees. The horizon is faintly visible through a gentle haze, suggesting the expansive nature of the area.

The park also offers a lot of greenery, hiking trails, art installations and benches with scenic views that you can enjoy.

Wolpo Beach

A golden crescent moon sculpture stands on the promenade at Wolpo Beach, with the inscription "운포해변" (Wolpo Beach) on a stone beside it. The art piece, possibly representing the moon, provides a striking contrast against the grey sky and the calm sea in the background. The beachfront is quiet, with a solitary white pole complementing the minimalist scene.

Wolpo Beach is a nice sandy beach that’s good for swimming and camping. It’s where Hye-jin and Chief Hong meet for the first time as adults in Hometown Cha Cha Cha.

Wolpo Beach is a quick bus ride from the Igari Anchor Observatory.

Hye-jin’s Dental Clinic

The Yoon Clinic was only a 10-minute walk away from Sabang Memorial Park (Boat on a Hill) according to Naver Map, but I could not find a safe walking path to get there and the buses were sporadic, so I skipped it. The location isn’t an actual clinic, but the exterior design should still be there.

Cheongha Market (Gongjin Market)

A traditional Korean storefront with various colorful decorations and signage. The shop is adorned with lifebuoys, plants in pots, and has a variety of posters in the windows. The signboard in Korean likely names the establishment, situated on a quiet street with a clear sky overhead.

Cheongha Market (aka Gongjin Market) is where many of the town sites were filmed, including Bora Supermarket, Gongjin Market, Hardware Store, and the Live Café & Pub.

A quaint café and pub with a rustic charm, featuring green weathered wooden doors and window frames. The façade is adorned with green foliage and strings of lights, with a sign in Korean that suggests it's a lively gathering spot. Potted plants add a pop of color at the entrance, and traffic cones mark the area beside the café on a clear day.

The area is small and is very local and quiet, though you’ll see Hometown Cha Cha Cha displays and the theme songs playing on loop on a speaker.

Pohang Attractions I Didn’t Get To

If I had more time, I would have explored the southeastern coast of Pohang, which includes some notable attractions and other kdrama filming locations.

It would take an hour to get to these places from northern-central Pohang and I had to get back to Gyeongju, so I’m leaving these things to do in Pohang for next time.

Homigot Sunrise Square

Homigot Sunrise Square is another top place to visit in Pohang, popular for its large hand structure reaching out of the water.

This is great spot to watch the sunset or sunrise that overlooks the East Sea.

Red Lighthouse

Also located in Pohang are the iconic red lighthouses that you’ll see throughout Hometown Cha Cha Cha.

Guryongpo Beach

Guryongpo Beach is a popular beach in East Pohang with long stretches of sandy beach. You’ll see a lot of people swimming here.

Guryongpo Japanese House Street

Guryongpo Japanese House Street is a historic district that preserves Japanese-style houses dating back to the colonial era. Scenes from When the Camellia Blooms were also filmed here.

How to Get Around Pohang

A modern glass-enclosed bus stop on a sunny day with a white car parked behind it. Visible on the bus stop in Korean are directions to Cheongha Market or Gongjin Market in Pohang. The bus stop is equipped with a bench and located near a green "Nonghyup" bank sign.

To get to Pohang I took two local buses from Gyeongju but you can also just book an express bus from Seoul, Busan, Gyeongju and other bigger cities.

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There is no subway system in Pohang, and the buses are quite infrequent. I did a mix of both buses and Kakao T taxis, which I was able to book right away.

It takes 1-2 hours to get from north to south and eastern Pohang, as the coast is quite long.

I recommend staying in a hotel for a night or hiring a driver to explore more places or renting a car in South Korea.

If you’re visiting Pohang mainly for the kdrama filming sites, consider booking a Pohang tour.

While taking the smaller village buses was a nice experience, they were more infrequent and had inaccurate ETAs on the maps. Just taking a taxi would have been much faster, though more expensive.

To get back, I took a bus from Cheongha Market to the Pohang Bus Terminal, where there are frequent express buses back to downtown Gyeongju.

Is Pohang Worth a Day Trip?

The sandy expanse of Wolpo Beach from the drama "Hometown Cha Cha Cha" in Pohang, under an overcast sky. The beach is quiet, with a few visitors near the water's edge and a person resting under an umbrella. Gentle waves wash onto the shore, with a backdrop of lush hills and a distant pier.

To be honest, I initially visited Pohang to visit Hometown Cha Cha Cha filming sites, but there’s so many great attractions.

Pohang is a really beautiful coastal city and water views are my favorite to travel for. I wish I had more time, but I’m glad I went and would visit again.

There’s lots of things to do in Pohang. The Pohang Space Walk alone was worth the day trip!

If you’re already in Gyeongju or Busan, I would recommend it, especially if you like coastal views.

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