Incheon Best: Chinatown / Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village / Jayu Park / Wolmido Island
free to visit.
Incheon Station (line 1, exit 1). About 67 mins from Seoul Station, no line transfer required.
Besides Incheon International Airport that all visitors to Seoul know well, there are in fact many interesting attractions and good food at Incheon, worthy for a day trip from Seoul on subway line 1.
Top 3 Places To Go in Incheon:
1. Incheon Chinatown 인천 차이나타운
인천 중구 선린동 , 북성동 일대 | Seollin-dong / Bukseong-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon
From Incheon Station exit 1, Chinatown entrance (a big gate) is directly across the street on the right.
Incheon Chinatown is the first Chinatown in Korea, formed in 1884. Rich in culture, the Chinatown street is always busy with people for its marvellous traditional Chinese food.
What to See and Do at Incheon Chinatown:
1. Food Street - Lined with Chinese restaurants.
2. Samgukji & Chochanji Mural Streets – Street art that features the story of the three kingdoms.
3. Jajangmyeon Museum (9:00-18:00, Adult: 1,000 won / Child: $500 won) - The original building of Gonghwachun Restaurant and birthplace of jajangmyeon in Korea, now a museum to preserve the history of jajangmyeon and old memories of Incheon Port.
4. Jayu Park (/Freedom Park) - Feature the statue of General MacArthur who led the 1950 Battle of Incheon during Korean War.
2 Best Restaurants at Incheon Chinatown
There are many Chinese restaurants at Incheon Chinatown that serve up delicious Chinese cuisine. Being the birthplace of one of Korea's favourite dishes, jajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles), it is a must-eat for visitors to Incheon Chinatown.
Here are 2 of the most popular restaurants at Incheon Chinatown:
1. Gonghwachun Restaurant 공화춘 (共和春 on its Chinese signage)
인천광역시 중구 차이나타운로 43 공화춘 | 43 Chinatown-ro Jung-gu, Incheon
One of the biggest and most famous restaurants in Chinatown. The four-storey restaurant is renowned for its jajangmyeon.
2. Simnihyang 십리향 (十里香 on its Chinese signage)
인천광역시 중구 차이나타운로 50-2 | 50-2 Chinatown-ro Jung-gu, Incheon
Famous for oven-baked dumplings of different fillings (meat, sweet potatoes, white pumpkin or red beans).
2. Jayu Park 자유공원
인천광역시 중구 자유공원남로 25 (송학동1가) | 25, Jayugongwonnam-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
Jayu Park (/Park of Freedom) is the favourite cherry blossoms spot in Spring (April) for the locals, accessible from Incheon Chinatown. The blossoms generally reached its peak later than Seoul. The park has a statue of General McArthur and offers spectacular views of downtown Incheon, surrounding mountains, port and sea.
3. Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village 송월동 동화마을
인천광역시 중구 동화마을길 38 (송월동3가) 일대 | 38, Donghwamaeul-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
From Incheon Station exit 1, go through Chinatown entrance gate and walk straight, turn left at the end of the road, walk straight about 300m to reach the Fairy Tale Village.
The colourful village was inspired by classic fairy tales from around the world.
4. Wolmido Island 월미도
인천광역시 중구 월미로 252 (북성동1가) 일대 | 252, Wolmi-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
From Incheon Station exit 1:
Take local bus 2, 10, 23 or 45 and get off at Wolmido City Tour Stop (for bus #2/10/23, 13 mins) or Wolmi Theme Park/Wolmi Culture Street Stop (for bus #45, 17 mins).
or by Taxi (10 mins).
At Wolmido Island (connected to the mainland), one can walk along the shore to enjoy the beautiful sea views or dine at its many cafes or fresh seafood restaurants.
a) Wolmi Street, Monorail & Musical Fountain
b) Wolmi Theme Park
For a fun-filled day, check out the Wolmi Theme Park with its popular rides like Tagada Disco, two-storey Viking Ship, 70m high Hyper Shoot Drop and 115m high Ferris Wheel. The theme park is famous as the filming location for variety shows like 'We Got Married', Running Man' and 'Two Days and One Night'.
Wolmi Theme Park 월미테마파크
인천광역시 중구 월미문화로 81 (북성동1가) | 81, Wolmimunhwa-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
Weekdays: 10:00-22:00 / Weekends & National Holidays: 10:00-24:00
c) Wolmido Light House
d) Wolmido Cruise & Seagull Feeding
e) Wolmido Seafood Restaurants
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