The city of Incheon is one of Seoul’s closest suburbs, and as such Incheon attractions are numerous. The coastal city is recognized as an excellent spot for holidays and day trips from Seoul, especially since it’s home to Incheon International Airport, the main hub for transportation into the capital city. Things to do in Incheon include multiple parks, markets, historic temples and even a beach.
Central Park Songdo
Modeled after New York City’s Central Park, Central Park Songdo is a sprawling green space with five sections and a canal. Visitors can spend the day walking along the park’s promenade, admiring art in a sculpture garden and taking a cruise around the waterway. Bike rentals also are available. Other features of Central Park Songdo include Rabbit Island, Deer Garden and the Mountain strolling garden. At Terrace garden, guests can rent canoes and kayaks to tour the canal on their own.
Cruise times: the water taxi at West boat house runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday except Monday; hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. September through March. The East boat house is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. It also is closed on Monday.
Wolmi Theme Park
Families and adventure seekers will find Wolmi Theme Park on the tip of scenic Wolmido Island. The park is a hot spot in Incheon and has been featured on several television shows. The park features thrilling rides, water boats and an indoor children’s playground making it a blast for visitors of all ages. The Ferris wheel at Wolmi Theme Park offers panoramic views of Incheon’s coast as well as Incheon Bridge, Wolmisan Mountain, Incheon Lock Gate, Incheon International Airport and Palmido Island.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: the park is free to enter, and tickets for rides range between 5,000 and 6,000 KRW (4.50 to 5.50 USD) for adults and 4,000 to 5,000 KRW (3.60 to 4.50 USD) for children.
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The only official Chinatown in South Korea, Chinatown Incheon is a eclectic mixture of culture and scenery. The market was established in 1884, and the eye-catching entry gate still serves as a major landmark one of the top Incheon attractions. The gate sits directly across from Incheon Station, making it easy to find and super convenient to visit. Chinatown Incheon features hundreds of local shops, but it best known for its selection of authentic Chinese restaurants, many of which are run by second- and third-generation owners.
Can’t-miss things to do in Chinatown Incheon
- Paeru – the historic entry gate into Chinatown Incheon was once a daily prayer station, and locals believed the gate kept ghosts from entering the neighborhood. Today, it stands as a relic of times gone by, but it is essential for tourists to get a selfie in front of the colorful gate.
- Wiseondang – built in 1893, this temple is admired for its colorful mural and yellow exterior. It also is the only Chinese style temple that remains in South Korea.
- Samgukji Mural Street – guests can stroll down this 150-meter long street that features an artistic account of what is known throughout Korea as the Three Kingdoms.
- Stairs between Qing and Japanese settlements – visitors are welcome to climb this stone stairway that was built in the late 1800s to separate the Japanese concession from the Chinese concession. It is connected to Jayu Park and features a view of the nearby port district and a statue of Confucius on top.
Just outside Incheon International Airport is where guests will find Eurwangni Beach, one of the most popular Incheon attractions. Even in winter, this beach with white sands stays crowded as it is one of the few astronomical observation areas in the Seoul suburbs. During warmer months, the shallow water at Eurwangni Beach is perfect for swimming, jet skiing and watersports. Guests who want to stay in this area can find extremely affordable beachfront hotels and resorts.
Loved for its architecture and incredible history, Jeondeungsa Temple one of Incheon’s most popular tourist attractions. The centuries-old temple is believed to have been established by the three sons of Dangun, who are given credit for founding Korea. More than 10 structures remain inside the temple complex, and each are listed as national treasures. Visitors can appreciate ancient carvings on each building and stroll through walkways shaded by trees that are as old (or older) as the temple itself.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (summer) and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (winter)
Admission fees: 3,000 KRW (2.75 USD) for adults, 2,000 KRW (1.80 USD) for teenagers and 1,000 KRW (1 USD) for children
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