The Pohang International Fireworks Festival went on for ten days from the 26th of July to the 4thof August, flaring colors into the sky of the city of light and fire. The annual event was held for the 10th time since 2004. A wide variety of audiences filled the park to watch the extravagant night, especially a great time for families to get together for a vacation while most schools are on summer break.
This festival started with the intent to publicize the historical meaning behind Pohang’s second name, “The City of Light and Fire“. Famous for the hand reaching out of the ocean, Pohang is the home of the representative sightseeing for sunrises and sunsets. People travel from places nationwide to watch the first sunrise of each year to see Pohang’s Haemaji Park, which means ‘Welcoming the Sun’.
Four teams participated in this international competition, leaving the crowd mesmerized by the bright lights within the tense atmosphere
France’s Team Ruggieri’s performance was based upon a theme called “Fantastic Pohang,” and included many songs that are quite well-known among the Korean audience. These soundtracks included music from Harry Potter, Avatar, and the Matrix. China’s Team SUNNY, with their theme of “The Green City,” mainly focused on the usage of green lights, painting rhythmical pictures in the night sky with songs from the game, World of Warcraft, and the original soundtrack from Pirates of the Caribbean. From Canada, Team Apogee used the famous song from 007, Sky Falls, as their main background music and theme. A major part of the performance was falling movements of the fireworks, coinciding with the main theme. Lastly, Korea’s Hanhwa, this year presented a theme called, “Pohang, Shooting Stars.” It represented a luxurious moment and status in the world, yet presented the hardships Pohang and thus Korea had to go through to achieve that very position in society.
“It was even on the pamphlet of an airport limousine ticket. This festival is known to be the most advertised event in Pohang among the citizens. I personally think this was quite effective in attracting foreign visitors to come to Pohang and see the festival.
“For foreigners visiting, it doesn’t necessarily have a specialty for it being in Korea, but for foreigners residing in Pohang ? I think it would be a great place to see the fireworks and think of home. I used to live in America, and when I first saw the fireworks festival back in 2004, I thought if the 4th of July fireworks back in San Francisco.”
Hoping to bring not only the citizens of Pohang but nationwide altogether to raise their heads towards the same lights, under the same sparkling sky, this festival takes great pride in re-living the miracle of the Han river next to the Hyungsang Bridge.
? 기 간 : 2013. 7. 26(금) ~ 8. 4(일)(10일간)
? 불빛퍼레이드 : 2013. 7.26(금) 영일대해수욕장
? 메인행사(불꽃경연대회) : 2013. 7. 27(토) 형산강체육공원
? 장 소 : 형산강 체육공원 ~ 포항운하 ~ 영일대해수욕장 등 ? 내 용 : 국제불꽃경연대회, 불빛퍼레이드, Daily 불꽃연출 등