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Pohang Canal
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The unique landmark represented by Dongbin Inland Harbor is one of very few such places in the country! 
Located near an estuary, where the Hyeongsan-gang River meanders past Songdo, Jukdo, and the Haedo Islands before leading into Yeongil bay, this harbor is the pride and joy of the people of Pohang.  
Throughout the Chosun Dynasty, from the Era of Japanese Occupation to the Korean War, the harbor was a bustling melting-pot of trade and activity. 
 
After the ceasefire in the 1950s, Pohang saw a large influx of out of town population and, combined with the large-scale urban development that followed the construction of Pohang Steel Works in the 1970s, the need for more land and housing became clear. Reclamation work took place in 1974 to tackle these problems, which meant a 1.3 km tributary of the Hyeongsan-gang River was blocked. 
 
A “development first” attitude resulted in the flow of water being cut off, which meant stagnant sea water was trapped within Dongbin Inland Harbor and the surrounding area; the rise of toxic substances from the decaying seawater slowly turned the region into slums. 
 
However, on the 2nd of November, 2013, the tributary was given a new life with the completion of the Pohang Canal. 
 
Of the 3.3 km obstructed waterway, a 1.3 km section was dug up and a new flow of water reached the remaining 2 km long course of water near the harbor. This fresh water was expected to dilute the decaying seawater and achieve overall ecological restoration. 
 
Now, the 40-year-old water at the harbor has been replenished with the new and the increasing number of passenger boats along including a larger cruiser boat, all of which operate in the harbor in addition to other attractions in the surrounding area, represent the kindling development of a tourist infrastructure with facilities such as a waterslide park, business hotels and a theme park. 
 
The complete makeover that is planned will transform Pohang Canal into a tourist hot-spot and an internationally-renown scenic harbor, joining the ranks of Sydney, Australia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Naples, Italy.