February. 25. 2022
“Space Walk” becomes a popular tourist spot in Pohang
|Space Walk stands in Hwanho Park in the southeastern port city of Pohang in North Gyeongsang Province in this photo provided. Courtesy of POSCO|
By Bahk Eun-ji
The country’s largest walkable art installation, named “Space Walk” in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, is becoming a popular tourist attraction.
According to the city of Pohang, Space Walk has quickly caught the attention of tourists and residents alike, as visitors can enjoy beautiful sunrises, sunsets and night views from the roller coaster track-like structure.
More than 110,000 people have visited since it opened on November 19, the city said.
It is the work of German artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth. The 333-meter-long curved track was built by POSCO, using approximately 317 tonnes of steel, all produced by the steelmaker, and took two years and seven months to complete.
Visitors say it’s like walking on a roller coaster. Since it is set on a mountain, they can also admire Yeongildae Beach and POSCO Steel Mill.
A reservation is not necessary to visit the Space Walk and admission is free.
For safety reasons, it is designed to automatically block access when the number of people on the structure exceeds 150, or in the event of bad weather, such as heavy rain or strong winds of 30 km/h or more.
Children under 110 centimeters are not allowed to enter and those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
While Space Walk is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends during the winter season, opening hours will be extended between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. March. The city government improved the relevant facilities by rehabilitating the paths leading to Space Walk and redesigning the restrooms in Hwanho Park.