In recent years, Incheon has carved a reputation as a great model for building a smart city. For this reason, the city is always welcoming people from all over the world coming to visit for different reasons including business and leisure. Location-wise, Incheon is located along the shores of the Yellow Sea and within the Seoul Metropolitan Area and even uses the same metro network. Incheon is a tech and industrial city and pride itself as home to the only Chinatown in South Korea.
The city of Incheon is growing at a startling rate, thanks to the hi-tech Songdo International Business District, a smart city built from the scratch on 600 hectares of reclaimed land along the shores of the Yellow Sea.
When it comes to vacation destination within the Incheon, the city is a departure point for a collection of 168 atolls, some of which are linked to the city by the iconic Incheon Bridge while others still remain undiscovered holiday escapes that can be reached by speed boats.
If you are planning a visit to Incheon, bet it for leisure or business, we have compiled a list of 15 best things to do in the city, and we hope you visit all or a number of them.
Things to Do in Incheon
Explore Incheon Grand Park
Let’s start with nature. Assuming that you have had a long flight to Incheon, you may want to take a few moments to refresh and calm your nerves, and there is no better place to do that than at the Incheon Grand Park. Situated at the base of two peaks and in 727 acres, the park offers a great place to idle and admire the gardens, arboretum and zoos, and many ecological areas.
The zoo and arboretum is home to more than 200 animals, including the Pungsan dogs, Japanese macaques, ostriches, and even sheep.
The rose garden, on the other hand, can be breathtaking in the summer.
Songdo Central Park
Still, in the spirit of relaxation and unwinding, Songdo Central Park is another great option to find plenty of green spaces. It is located in the space-age Songdo International Business District on 100 acres of land, edged by tall buildings and occupying almost a tenth of the total area of the district. The park is divided into two sections by seawater canal that refills after every 24 hours. A few meters west of the park is the famous Tri-Bowl – a cultural venue for live performances and exhibitions.
Among the things you can do at the park include riding a water taxi, a canoe, or a pedal boat.
Looking towards the northwest from Central Park, you will see a peculiar skyscraper designed in geometric shapes. The building is called G-Tower and is home to numerous international organizations such as the United Nations.
The reason you want to visit this tower is to watch the amazing sunset. Oh, and it is also free to enter.
Sinpo International Market
Now that you are beginning to get the grip of Incheon, it is time to immerse yourself deeper into the Korean culture. Sinpo International Market was officially opened in 1970 and today is one of the trademarks of Incheon. It receives huge numbers of tourists daily.
The market is also the best place in the city to try some delectable street food, such as fried dumplings (mandu), spicy, chewy noodles (jjolmyeon), and fried chicken (dakgangjeong).
As the only Chinatown in Korea, there are plenty of reasons to visit this part of Incheon. It is located in Jung-gu just across the street from Incheon Station and consists of some interesting architectural flourishes.
Here you will also find plenty of Korean delicacies such as sweet and sour pork, Kung pao chicken, and more.
Address: 37-41 Jeondeungsa-ro, Gilsang-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon, South Korea
Situated within the Samrangseong Fortress, Joendeungsa Temple is a century-year-old with smaller temples inside the complex. There are many statues inside the complex as well as Yangheonsu Victory Monument and Beomjong Bell.
Wolmido is one of the many islands in the city and visiting it is one of the best things to di in Incheon. The island is shaped like a half-moon and only a kilometer off the coast of Incheon. Instead of renting a boat, you can reach the island via monorail for an incredible experience.
If you want somewhere to recharge your batteries after a long day of exploring Incheon, the Spasis is the place to be. The location is packed with many Jacuzzis and spas as well as an eatery and a movie theater.
The place is also open for 24 hours.
Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village
Close to Chinatown and the harbor is Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village, a residential neighborhood from the 19th century. This area is best for photo ops as it features endless scenes from Pinocchio, the Wizard of Oz, Jack and the Beanstalk, Doraemon, Bambi, and Snow White among others.
Despite the journey from the shores to the island being four hours, still many people usually crowd the ferry to Baengnyeongdo. The island has a population of around 4,300 and if you are lucky during your visit (on a clear day), you can be able to see Changsan Cape in North Korea.
What attracts many people to this island, however, are the outlandish rock formations, cliffs, and crags of Dumujin.
The island also features some beautiful beaches to relax in.
This 18 kilometers strip links the Han River with the Yellow Sea via Seo-gu district in Incheon to Gangseo-gu in Seoul. It is first-ever Korea’s inland waterway and offers a very unique experience even by a canal standard.
Along the waterway, you will be able to see some impressive features such as an artificial Ara Waterfall as well as an inspiring AraMaru Skywalk Bridge.
Sudoguksan Museum of Housing and Living
To learn about the past of Incheon, book yourself into this riveting museum in Songhyun Park, Dong-gu District. Inside the museum, you will discover interesting facts about the moon village (Dordogne), which is a government-designated settlement for the low-income people that migrated from the hilltops between the 1960s and 1970s.
The Incheon Bridge holds a few records you may find interesting. First, it the longest bridge in South Korea and also is the tenth-longest cable-stayed bridge on earth. It links the Incheon International Airport and the Yeongjeong Island to Songdo mainland.
The bridge passes over the main waterway for ships in and out of the Incheon Port.
The Memorial Hall For Incheon Landing Operation
This hall commemorates the Battle of Incheon. Visiting this place, you will learn everything there is to learn about the landing operation, war artifacts, decisive events during the war as well as tanks, aircraft, and missiles.
Located near the airport, Eurwangni Beach is the place to be for surfing, swimming, fishing, or just relaxing. The water is shallow, making it safe for children and the sunset – very much dramatic!
To help you plan out your visit to Incheon, we listed places to visit and things to do for your itinerary. We also listed some of the best Incheon travel and tour packages, as well as excellent flight deals and accommodation.
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