Time Travel to 1920’s in the Japanese Village of Pohang

In Korea you will be able to find a couple of remaining Japanese Style Villages like the city of Gunsan or Guryongpo due to the Japanese occupation. The Japanese Village of Pohang is a good example of how things used to look back in the days.

Guryongpo used to be a blooming city during the Japanese occupation in Korea, as it was the largest fishery base in the East Sea region.  During thos days the fishing industry was completely controlled by the Japanese, this meant that the Japanese fishermen began to settle in Guryongpo.

The Japanese village of Pohang used to be a residential area including a commercial center which had his own cinema, many hospitals, guesthouses (inns), restaurants and stores.

When the Japanese occupation finished, these Japanese fishermen and their families returned to their home country.  This led to a whole city being deserted and over the years destroyed or neglected.

In March 2011, the Guryongpo Japanese Houses Street project was launched to protect and remember this painful time in Korean history.  In the main street the city government decided to rebuild and restore 28 buildings in their original style.

One of the houses is a small museum with a beautiful garden, inside you can see video testimonials of the original Japanese inhabitants that were born in Guryongpo. The second floor of the museum is decorated in a way the buildings and interior used to look like.

In the museum you can find free post card, just outside the gate of the museum there is a massive red post box.  The post box is emptied two times a year and send all over the world for FREE.

Japanese Village of Pohang GuryongpoIn the main street you will find a small candy shop, where you can try a wide variety of Japanese candy and toys. You can also make your own sugar candy.

In the center of the street, there is a steep staircase that leads to a lookout point. Here you will see a big statue of 9 dragons, this explains the legend behind Guryongpo.  During the Silla dynasty, when Kin Jin-heung reigned, there was a massive thunderstorm mysteriously appeared, bringing 9 dragons from heaven. Guryongpo literally means “nine dragons”.

The dragon statue is surrounded by traditional Korean style looking buildings and if you walk a little further you can find a mural painting street.

Japanese Village of Pohang Guryongpo

If you’re lucky enough you will see the most Instagram famous dog of Pohang, he and his owner are living in Guryongpo and sometimes roam the streets together.

How to get to Guryongpo?
From Seoul you can take the express bus from Gangnam bus terminal which should take about 4h and cost 25 000 won or you can take the KTX which should only take 2,5h. Prices for the KTX range but are usually around 50 000won. Once in Pohang you can take the bus 200 or 200-1 to Guryeong-po, the historic street is located a couple of minutes walk from the bus stop.

Are you looking for accommodation in Pohang? Look no further! Here are some recommendations.
Pohang Homigot Guesthouse ~ located outside Pohang close to the Homigot statue
Pohang Stay Hotel ~ Located in Pohang downtown and serves Continental and Korean breakfast

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Japanese Village of Pohang

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