Korean City Guides: Incheon
Wind-surfing on Ulwangli Beach on Yeongjong Island, Paragliding.
Korea's third largest city after Seoul and Busan, Incheon is a busy port and site of the excellent Incheon International Airport - the main gateway to Seoul and South Korea. About an hour by subway or bus from downtown Seoul, Incheon has a few sights of its own and is the host city of the 2014 Asian Games.
Jung-gu is the only official Chinatown in Korea and has some excellent Chinese restaurants. Just to the north east is Jayu Park with a statue of General Douglas MacArthur staring out to sea and the Korean-American Centennial Monument. South of Jung-gu is the Street of Culture and History, which is a modern recreation of Incheon's 19th century history as an international trading port.
South again are three preserved colonial-era Japanese banks. To the west Wolmido has an amusement park, a promenade and a number of seafood eateries.
There are international ferries from Incheon International Terminal 1
to Dalian, Dandong, Qinhuangdao, Shidao, Yantai and Yingkou in China.
From Incheon International Terminal 2 there are boats to Qingdao
(15 hours), Tianjin
(24 hours) and Weihai.
The Songdo district in Incheon by night
Incheon International Airport is a major Asian hub and gateway to Seoul
Nightlife & Eating Out in Incheon
Best to stick to nearby Seoul but good Chinese food in the restaurants on Wolmido Cultural Street near Incheon Station and seafood places on the promenade in Wolmido.
Incheon World Cup Stadium
Incheon Munhak Stadium has a capacity of over 50,000 seats. Tel: (032) 440 2840 more Incheon stadium info
The high-rise Songdo district in Incheon
Incheon International Airport has won many plaudits for its striking design
Incheon Airport Stopovers
If you are staying in Korea for only one night or have an early flight in the morning it might be advisable to spend the night near the airport rather than journey into Seoul. Hotel Incheon Airport has good facilities, is very close to Incheon Airport and provides transport to and from the airport.
Subway line 1 in Seoul connects to Incheon-bound trains (1 hour). Change at Bupyeong for Incheon City Subway Line 1. The new Incheon Subway line 1 connects with the impressive Munhak World Cup stadium. Get off at Munhak Stadium station.
Limousine buses leave Incheon International Airport for various places in Seoul including the #6001 to Dongdaemun, Gimpo Airport and Yongsan Station, the #6703 and #6704 to Gangnam, the #6701 and #6505 to Seoul City Hall, the #6015 to Myeong-Dong Station and the #6702 to Yaksu Station.
From the airport there are a number of buses heading into Incheon city including the numbers #306 and #302.