Many cities in Korea pick a descriptive word to describe itself. For example: Charm Jinju, Human City Suwon, Beautiful Gyeongju, etc. When I first moved to Pohang in October 2011, it was known as Powerful Pohang. Mid-way through my first stay, however, the City Council changed that moniker to something which reflected their new vision for the city: Global Pohang.
Over the last couple years, the City Council has worked to make that vision a reality, going above and beyond any expectation to make foreigners feel welcome. They’ve offered free Korean classes (I’m just beginning the Intermediate course!), assistance getting a Korean driver’s license, and sponsored events and festivals. This weekend was yet another example of the city supporting its foreign community; we had our very own Holi Festival on Bukbu Beach!