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3 Must-See Places In Incheon

Incheon is a fantastic idea for a travel destination that is out of Seoul yet still conveniently accessible from Seoul. By taking the subway on Line 1, you can get to Incheon in about an hour, which makes travelling to Incheon both an inexpensive and ideal place to explore on a weekend. There is a sizeable Chinese community in Incheon, which has led to the establishment of a vibrant Chinatown right at the heart of Incheon. Incheon is also the second largest port city in Korea, and one of the top five largest cities in Korea. There are plenty of things to see and do in Incheon and here we recommend the top 3 places to check out in Incheon!

1. Wolmido Island

Wolmido Island is one of the top tourist attractions in Incheon. Located about 1km off the coast of Incheon, it can be easily accessed by buses from the Incheon subway station. It is named as such due to the island’s resemblance to the tail of a half moon. You can find a cultural street, amusement park, restaurants, beaches and even monorail facilities on the island.

(It takes less than 20 minutes to get from Incheon station to Wolmido Island by bus.)

(Row of seafood restaurants at the amusement park.)

(The amusement park is usually quiet on weekdays.)

(On weekends and during warmer months this place transforms into a vibrant and crowded park.)

(Hungry seagulls hovering above a vessel.)

(Pictures with the seagulls.)

(The seagulls fly near humans, waiting patiently for food.)

(Some of the tired ones.)

(Many people buy snacks from the nearby stalls to feed the seagulls.)

(A picture taking booth.)

(The monorail track in the background.)

(The Incheon International Airport is located opposite the Wolmido Island.)

(Row of shops near the beach.)

(Wolmido Island is popular with couples during the weekends.)

(A man sits infront of a Viking ship.)

How to get to Wolmido Island: 

After alighting from the subway at Incheon Station, cross the street to take the bus from the entrance of Chinatown. Buses 2 and 23 will bring you to the heart of Wolmido Island in less than 15 minutes.

2. Incheon Chinatown

What is a trip to Incheon without visiting Chinatown? Incheon was once an extraterritoriality of the Qing Dynasty, and together with the opening of the Incheon Port in 1883, opened up the island to an influx of Chinese traders and settlers. Many established roots in Incheon, and most of the Chinese Koreans that you find in Incheon today are 2nd or 3rd generation Chinese of the early settlers. 

(Chinatown is located opposite Incheon subway station.)

(Even the subway station has the words ‘Chinatown’ on it in Korean.)

(A sea of red in Chinatown.)

(Handmade clocks.)

(Traditional Chinese handicraft shop.)

(A man sitting infront of a sign.)

(Plenty of Chinese restaurants here.)

(Patrons queueing up to buy a kind of biscuit snack.)

(Mooncake-like snacks with an assortment of fillings such as red bean and sweet potato.)

(Prettily decorated stairs.)

(An ever-present at Chinatown, restaurants serving black bean paste noodles Jjajangmyeon and spicy seafood noodles Jjamppong.)

(Black bean paste noodles, or Jjajjangmyeon.)

(Visitors going through some of the wares displayed outside a store.)
Chinatown is also conveniently located next to the UN Peace Park. Visitors to Chinatown often also check out the park, and you can even see the port of Incheon at one of the vantage points on the hill.

(Passing by a wall adorned with pictures and stories of the 3 kingdom dynasty.)

(Passing by figurines of the 12 zodiac animals on the way to the park.)

(Which is your zodiac sign?)

(Arriving at the UN Peace Park.)

(The port of Incheon in the background.)

(A statue of General Douglas MacArthur.)

(Pigeons taking a break.)