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Published December 28th, 2012

My time in Korea was nearing its end and I had no plans. Didn’t have people to see, didn’t make a list of things I wanted to do before leaving. I had a weekend left and I decided to spend that time in the quiet small town of 포항 (Pohang). I had never been there before and I don’t think it’s really the kind of town people go for their Korea sight seeing; at least not one of the first that come to mind. Pohang is a small industrial town that is supported by its steel manufacturing. As we took the highway exit off into Pohang and we were greeted by huge steel factories with smoking chimneys floating up into the grey sky.

A few years ago, before making my move to South Korea, I heard about this statue. It was at the 호미곶 해맞이광장 (Homigot Sunrise Square) where one hand was built in the sea and the other was built on the beach. The sun rises through the hand in the water and I was told that it stands for the power of the Korean people and how they would rise into the world from their war ...

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