The Myths of POSTECH
The Myths of POSTECH
  • Reporter Chung Sung-joon
  • 승인 2014.03.19 14:24
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The majority of Postechians would have come across at least one of the so-called ?yths?of the university. Several stories are so ridiculous that when one tells others, they would simply laugh away, assuming they are merely jokes made up by silly individuals. In fact, those stories were never meant to be jokes but frightening non-exaggerated truths.
The most startling ?yth?is that there used to be two pedestrian bridges -one linking Science Building II and III, another linking Science Building IV and V- that allowed people in the third floor to walk over to the opposite building without having to walk all the way down to the ground floor. If one takes a closer look at these buildings today, pavements of the once-existed bridges protruding out of frontal surface can be noticed rather obviously. People would definitely question why these bridges have been removed. In 1994, Seongsu Bridge in Seoul collapsed due to faulty constructions, putting numerous civilians in danger and it turned out that the bridges in the POSTECH campus were constructed under the same firm that had built the Seongsu Bridge. To avoid unnecessary casualties from a possible collapse of the bridges, the board of directors decided to demolish them as a precaution.
That is not all. What if you were told there are tributaries of underground tunnels below the campus? There is nothing wrong with being skeptical about its existence, but shockingly it is another truth. Connecting the Science Buildings, dormitories and Pohang Accelerator Laboratory, these tunnels provide an indispensable network of the campus as water pipes, electrical wires and communication lines are installed along them. Although students are prohibited from entering these tunnels under the dormitories, those under Science Buildings are still in use to transport cargos and supplies.
Another astonishing truth is that Atlas Hall really was a night club during Sunrise Festivals, hosted by a club dance circle called Atlas, the father circle of Control-D. Atlas Hall was decorated with colorful lightings as a temporary night club for all Postechians to dance ?ill you drop? Even though the circle Atlas is nowhere to be seen today, it later introduced Ctrl-D and the empty compound at the ground floor of the Student Union Building was named after it.
Universities with a pub within their campus are not very common in Korea but POSTECH is an exception. Believe it or not, Log Cabin was built after Tae-Joon Park, the founder of POSTECH, lost a ping pong match to a graduate student who requested him to build a pub within the campus. Again, this story was never made up.
Although it is ridiculously hard to believe, there was once a taxi which accidentally drove down 78 staircase because the taxi driver thought it was meant to be a road for vehicles. No one got hurt from this dangerous maneuver but there should not be any more similar bizarre acts in the future. Other short stories include the fact that the pond behind Jigok Community Center was a last-minute unplanned favor of Tae-Joon Park and Hogil Kim Memorial used to be the official library in POSTECH before Tae-Joon Park Digital Library was built in 2003.