Day 2 seemed like a mini field trip for KGSP scholars. We went on a trip to Yangdong Village, Pohang City Hall, POSCO, and Sae Maeul. None of these places were considered Gyeongju tourist spots that much. We had to travel for almost an hour to get from one place to another, and this made us really tired towards the end of the day. I was happy to know though that we were going to places I have never been. I learned so much from that day and I could even tell you that Pohang might probably be my second favorite city – next to Busan. My favorite part of the trip aside from being welcomed warmly by the mayor of Pohang, was when we went to POSCO.
POSCO is a steel manufacturing company in Korea and is considered the best in Asia, and maybe in the world. There are more than 8000 people who work for this company and this tells us that this is indeed a big help to the community in terms of providing jobs. Apart from that, POSCO is promoting an eco-zone city, starting from planting more than a million trees in the factory area. When we were inside POSCO, it didn’t feel nor smell like I was in a certain factory – there were sprinklers on the street side to prevent the place from being dusty, and the trees helped in absorbing Carbon Dioxide and other bad gases. The staff of Posco led us inside the shaping and cutting area of steel and boy, I told my friends that I felt like I was a five year old who was so amazed in the process! Indeed, I was! Everything was fast and sufficient plus not a soul was inside apart from us, because the equipments were all computerized. I couldn’t help but think of the factories back at home (going to Iligan City) — those factories have to see POSCO and follow their principles (re: environment at least).
Other photos of the trip (If you want to use my photos, please give me credits and/or link borrowed photos here in my blog)
First Stop (Yangdong Village)
Second stop: Gyeongju World Expo
Third Stop: Pohang City hall for lunch 🙂
Fourth Stop: POSCO Steel Manufacturing Factory