Plant tour

  • Gyeongju, Pohang / Korea
  • 25th (Sun) - 28th (Wed) June 2023


POSTECH (CHANGeUP GROUND & Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PLS-II, PAL-XFEEL) POSCO (Park1538 & FINEX)


Time Program
08:30 - 09:10 POSTECH CAMPUS TOUR Hilton Gyeongju POSTECH
09:10 - 10:00 CHANGeUP GROUND
10:00 - 11:30 Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PLS-II, PAL-XFEEL)
11:30 - 12:00 POSTECH POSCO (Park1538)
12:00 - 13:00 POSCO TOUR Luncheon (Park1538 3F Lounge)
13:00 - 14:10 Park1538
14:10 - 14:20 Safety check
14:20 - 14:40 Park1538 FINEX
14:40 - 16:00 Plant tour (FINEX)
16:00 - 16:40 POSCO Hilton Gyeongju

POSTECH (6.28 Morning)

Pohang Light Source (PLS)

Pohang Light Source (PLS)

Pohang Light Source (PLS) is the nation’s one and only synchrotron light source and functions as a major pathway for Korea’s revolutionized future science. The construction of PLS was completed in September, 1994. The construction project was initiated by Mr. Tae-Joon Park who was the founding chairman of POSCO (Pohang Iron & Steel Company), and Dr. Hogil Kim, the first President of POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology), in 1988. About 60% of the total construction cost (150M$) was covered by POSCO, with the remainder coming from the Korean government. As a national user facility, the PLS is owned and operated by the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL) and POSTECH on behalf of the Korean Government. The PLS has begun initial service with two beamlines in 1995 and has been attracting thousands of users from home and abroad since then.


CHANGeUp GROUND aims to leverage POSCO's full capabilities to return the extensive support that POSCO has received to venture companies in order to help them grow into global business leaders beyond POSCO. CHANGeUp GROUND, which has all the necessary infrastructure, ranging from basic research to practical development and production, for global expansion, is the world’s one and only venture valley platform.
“Today's Research, Tomorrow's Business”
CHANGeUP GROUND is another Pacific Valley that goes beyond Silicon Valley with an Industry-Academy-Research model supporting today's research to become tomorrow's business. We support endless growth for venture companies who start at CHANGeUP GROUND and take a great leap forward as global leaders.


POSCO (6.28 Afternoon)



POSCO HISTORY MUSEUM shares the vision, spirit, culture, and success that have made POSCO. Situated on a 9,900 square meter site adjacent to the Pohang Works on Korea's southeastern coast, the museum provides a permanent home for the growing POSCO legacy with 1,980 square meters of exhibit space inside a three-level, 3,630 square meter building.
Opened in July 2003, POSCO HISTORY MUSEUM is a museum where the past, present and future of POSCO coexist. The history of POSCO's success, which has grown from a steel barren land to the most competitive company in the world in a short period of 30 years, is systematically summarized.
The POSCO History Museum allows general visitors to experience through the history of POSCO what kind of results can be achieved through human efforts in a harsh environment. And it enables executives and employees to feel 'what we have done is important, but what we must do in the future along with it'.

Plant Tour (FINEX)

FINEX is POSCO's unique iron making technology. Unlike blast furnaces, FINEX does not use sintered ore and coke, and its reduction and melting functions are separated. This process produces molten iron by reducing fine iron ore in a fluidized bed furnace and melting reduced iron in a melting furnace. If the reducing gas supplied to the fluidized bed reduction reactor is replaced with hydrogen and the melting furnace is replaced with an electric furnace, hydrogen reduction steelmaking technology can be developed.
POSCO started R&D in 1992 and went through 10 years of R&D through FINEX pilot and demonstration plants. And using FINEX, POSCO has produced 42 million tonnes of molten iron for 20 years, including demo plants converted into commercial facilities. Currently, Pohang Works has three blast furnaces and two FINEX units in operation, and FINEX accounts for 22% of Pohang Works' molten iron production in 2021, playing an important role in production. In addition, FINEX has secured a high operating rate and cost competitiveness, and has proven its eco-friendliness with low emissions of environmental pollutants such as SOx and NOx.

Plant Tour (FINEX)