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Guryongpo Modern Culture & History Street
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  • Japanese House Street in Guryongpo

guryongpo still has japanese houses where japanese lived about 100 years ago.

the backstreets in guryongpo-eup, which used to be the residences of japanese under japanese imperialism, still have japanese style just like a movie scene. several years ago, for a famous drama, eyes of dawn, the backstreets in jangan-dong, guryongpo-eup were used as the shooting set for the japanese street.

as youenter one of the backstreets, you will feel as if you are watching the everyday lives of japanese in korea in the early 1900s. it feels like a woman in a kimono will greet you by saying, "gonnichiwa!" as the window of a two-story wooden house opens. bothsides of a narrow backstreet are filled with houses. even if many houses are old and empty, their style can be felt. on an edge of the backstreet, the lower part of a wooden telegraph pole, which was cut off several years ago, can be seen.

on a mountain at the back of the houses, there is a park built by japanese. as you climb the mountain with the steep stone steps, the park appears. inside the park, there is a dragon king shrine for prayers for the safety of crews as well. monuments are built at the both sides of the stone steps. every monument is inscribed with a name as follows: kim wu-bok, the mayor of yeongil-gun yim jong-rak, the education superintendent of yeongi and ha sa-ryong and lee pan-gil from a can factory run by cj cheiljedang corp. in guryongpo. a record shows that a monument was built in july 1943. however, the steps and monuments were built by japanese in the 1920s.

these japanese established a group residence. on the mountain at the back of the residence with a view of the sea, they created a park and inscribed monuments with their names. after they left, koreans covered the inscriptions with cement and turned the monuments in the opposite direction. they inscribed the monuments with the names of meritorious people from guryongpo.

if you view the japanese backstreets on the stone steps, you can see japan in korea in the 1920s and 1930s. even if the traces of their lives have disappeared, they should be left in history for a long time.

transportation

  • take seatbus no. 200 or 200-1 to guryongpo from downtown, and get off the bus in guryongpo.
  • gyeongbu expressway→gyeongju→pohang national road no. 7→downtown pohang→national road no. 31 to guryongpo→drive 19km→ guryongpo-eup