Welcome To Korea
For general information on visiting Korea, please first visit http://www.visitkorea.or.kr. You can find information on weather, currency, electricity, visas, wifi hotspots, getting from Incheon Airport to Seoul, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and more
in various languages.
To attend FACS’18, you will probably take a flight to either Incheon Airport or Gimhae (Busan) Airport. If you are flying from major cities in China or Japan, you can also take a flight to Gimpo Airport. If you are arriving at other airports to enter Korea and need any assistance, please contact the general chair.
Getting to Pohang
Pohang is located approximately 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul, the capital city of Korea. A 30 minute drive to the south of Pohang will take you to Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Shilla Dynasty. For booking KTX tickets, please visit http://www.letskorail.com. For booking express bus tickets from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Pohang, please visit http://www.kobus.co.kr (Seoul , Pohang ). (However, it is usually unnecessary to book an express bus ticket, if you are willing to wait for 30 minutes to 1 hour.)
Getting to Pohang: Directly from Incheon International Airport
1. By limousine bus : Incheon airport → Pohang
From Incheon International Airport, there is a direct limousine bus, which takes about 5:50 hours and costs 44,300 KRW. Usually you do not need to make a reservation, and you could buy a ticket at the airport. For booking the bus tickets, please visit https://txbuse.t-money.co.kr. You can purchase bus tickets and get information at ticketing offices next to Exit 4 and 9 in Arrival Hall Floor 1 (indoors) or offices next to Exit 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, and 9C (outdoors).
You can purchase bus tickets and get informaion at ticketing offices indoors on Traffic center (B1)
Or if you arrive at Incheon Airport Terminal 2, you can purchase bus tickets and get information at ticketing offices indoors on Traffic center (B1)
Currently, the bus schedule to Pohang is as follows:
For more information, please refer to the official airport site.
Getting to Pohang: Indirectly
1. By Airport : Incheon airport → Gimpo Airport → Pohang
The flight from Gimpo Airport to Pohang runs twice a day (7:20, 15:55) with flight duration of around 1 hour, which costs from 51,000 KRW on special fare to 99,500 KRW for normal fare. To book a flight, please go to the Korean Air website. There are several ways to get to Gimpo Aiport from Incheon Airport. You can either take the airport railroad, which takes about 44 minutes from Incheon Aiport Terminal 2 to Gimpo Airport, or take a limousine bus, which also takes around 40 minutes.
Reservation for the bus tickets is usually unnecessary since the interval of the bus is short and, like explained above (booking limousine bus), you can buy tickets at the airport, which costs 15,000 KRW. The bus to Gimpo Airport is “6101(Dobong/Seongbuk)”.
For more information, please refer to official airport site/public transport.
Another way to get to Gimpo Airport is taking the airport railroad. You can use airport railroad at the transit center (for Terminal 1). The fare for the railroad costs about 4,350 KRW.
2. By railway(KTX): Incheon airport → Seoul Station → Pohang
Since there is no direct express train from Incheon Airport to Pohang, you need to take an indirect route if you want to use the train. The train to Pohang takes about 2:25 hours, runs every 1~2 hours and costs 53,600 KRW for an economy seat. To book for the train, please go to http://www.letskorail.com/
The easiest way to get to Seoul Station from Incheon Airport is taking the airport railroad. The fare to the Seoul Station costs 4,750 KRW for regular line, which takes around 66 mintes, and 8,000 KRW for express line, which is 16 minutes shorter.
For more information about where to take the train and the route of the train, please refer to the information above or go to the official airport site
Getting to POSTECH
Once you arrive in Pohang, it is fairly easy to come to POSTECH.
- From Pohang KTX Station:
A taxi ride will take 20~30 minutes and cost about KRW 10,000. You could also take a public bus #500 to go to Pohang Inter-city Bus Terminal.
- From Pohang Inter-city Bus Terminal:
A taxi ride will cost about KRW 4,000. A public bus #105 also takes you from the Inter-city Bus Terminal to the bus stop across the East Gate at POSTECH.
- From Pohang Express Bus Terminal:
A taxi ride will cost about KRW 5,000.
When you take a taxi, be sure to ask the driver to drive to “POSTECH” in English or “Pohang Gongdae” in Korean. There is another college called Pohang College which is located almost 15km away from POSTECH, so never say “Pohang University” or “Pohang College” in English. Alternatively just show the following paper slip which reads “POSTECH, POSCO International Center” (where the FACS conference is held):
Please refer to the website of Pohang city
traffic information : http://www.pohang.go.kr/eng/Culture/info/traffic.do
tourist map : http://www.pohang.go.kr/eng/Culture/info/map.do
Naeyeonsan is beautiful like an Oriental painting, and is one of the Taebaeksan. The mountain has deep valleys, clean water, and 12 waterfalls, impressing visitors. Dongbong, who spent his whole life at Bogyeongsa, said, in the 16th year of the reign of King Jeongjo (AD 1792), “Water flowing from Singusan southward and Naeyeonsan northward is combined and flows to one side. The water source is 12km long, and waterfalls, cliffs, and layered walls, and fantastic rocks and stonesexist along with bent pine trees. The residents here call it Sogeumgang.”
Bogyeongsa has the splendid and beautiful Jungnamsan Mountain at its back, and is surrounded by a chain of small mountains from Naeyeonsan. The temple embraces clean stream water flowing from a deep valley, which is famous for 12 waterfalls.
Pohang Jukdo Market first started as a small gathering of local vendors who sold their wares at the large fields of reeds in Pohang Inner Harbor. Now, over five decades later, the market has become one of the largest traditional markets in the Gyeongsangbuk-do area (on the east coast).
Please refer to the website of Korea Tourism Organization http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/
Also Gyeongju official website http://www.gyeongju.go.kr/
Bulguksa Temple is a prime exemplar depicting Buddhist beliefs through architecture, manifesting an unparalleled architectural beauty difficult to find even in Asia. The architectural form of Bulguksa Temple can be divided chiefly into two areas. One area contains Daeungjeon (Hall of Great Enlightenment), surrounded by Cheongungyo (Blue Cloud Bridge), Baegungyo (White Cloud Bridge), Jahamun (Purple Mist Gate), Beomyeongnu (Pavilion of Mount Meru), Jwagyeongnu (Left Sutra Hall), Dabotap (Pagoda of Many Treasures), Seokgatap (Sakyamuni Pagoda), and Museoljeon (Hall of No Words). The other area contains Geuknakjeon (Hall of Supreme Bliss), surrounded by Chilbogyo (Seven Treasures Bridge), Yeonhwagyo (Lotus Flower Bridge), and Anyangmun (Peace Enhancing Gate). The magnificent and unique stone structures seen when one looks straight on at the temple remain from the eighth century, and the wooden buildings are 18th century restorations built upon the remains of the original structures that burnt to the ground.
Seokguram Grotto, the greatest masterpiece of the golden age of Silla, is a heritage property in which architecture, mathematical principles, geometry, religion, and art are collectively realized through its design and construction. Seokguram Grotto is a man-made cave that was assembled from white granite. Inside of Seokguram Grotto are 39 carved divinities, including Bodhisattvas, disciples, heavenly guards, and heavenly kings, all formed around a central principal figure of the Buddha.
Anapji, an artificial pond located in Gyeongju National Park, is situated at the northeast edge of the Banwolseong palace site, in central Gyeongju. It contains three small islands. The lotus fields around Anapji are beautiful like a painting and the beautiful lighting at night makes it perfect for nighttime sightseeing. In the town of Gyeongju there are more palaces and royal Silla heritage sites. Cheomseongdae, Gyerim, Wolseong and Anapji are directly connected to the palaces of Silla. It is great to just walk or cycle around town to see the elegance and majesty of Silla.
Opposite Daereungwon along a footpath you can see Cheomseongdae in the shape of a traditional liquor jar.
Not quite 10 meters tall, it used to be the observatory of Silla and its shape is a harmony of straight and curved lines, looking somewhat like a bottle, with stones laid on the top in the shape of a hash symbol. Even though it is quite small, it is amazing that it has been standing for over 1,000 years in the palace grounds.
The background of Cheomseongdae is one of agriculture where the movements of the moon, sun and stars dictated the cycle of sowing and reaping.
It was built during the reign of Queen Seondeok and is the oldest observatory in Asia, showing the advanced level of science for that time.