Incheon literally means "kind river" and is South Korea's 3rd most populated city. It is the transportation hub by air and sea and was the first South Korean city to be modernized due to the opening of its seaport to the rest of the world.
The city led the economic development of the country and is a major industrial city with major productions of textiles, iron and steel, glass, and many other major industries.
Incheon is located northwest of South Korea and is only 28km from the capital of Seoul. There are no major mountains surrounding the city but only hills that are less than 300 m high - the very reason why there are no large rivers within and around the city. It faces the Yellow Sea and has 155 islands off its coast, with 115 of them uninhabited.
How to Reach (Transport)
The Incheon International Airport is South Korea's primary airport serving domestic and international flights on a daily basis. A newly built airport, it was named as Best Airport in the World by Globe Traveler.
Incheon has daily train services to nearby cities such as Seoul.
The Incheon Port International Ferry Terminals 1 and 2 provide trips to China and other neighboring cities.
There are 5 subway lines operating in the city centre and is the fastest way to get around.
There are Intercity bus services going to and from the nearby cities such as Seoul and Bucheon. Buses within the city are colored based on their designated routes: Green buses are for neighboring areas with trips within local districts; Blue buses are called city buses with trips from district to district; Green/White or Red buses offer trips to other cities.
There are many taxi companies that can take passengers anywhere in the city.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Incheon is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. Spring starts at the end of March and ends in early May and is the highest season for tourists in the city.
Autumn is also another favorite of locals and tourists as the city boasts of picturesque views of trees changing colors from green to orange to red to brown. Autumn starts at the end of September and ends in early November.
Culture (fairs and festivals) and Traditions
Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival - this is one of the biggest live music festivals in South Korea and is held every year for 3 days. Over 50 rock bands and electronic music artists from the local, national, and international stages gather to perform to thousands of rock music fans in Incheon and from all over the country.
Incheon Bupeong Pungmul Festival - pungmul means folk performances and for 5 days in Incheon, locals and tourists are entertained with cultural experiences involving several aspects of Korean art and culture. Held every year in May, the festival is a fantastic look into Korean folk culture.
Incheon Sorae Port Festival - held every year in October at the Sorae Port, this festival is quickly gaining popularity among foreign tourists. The roads are closed to vehicles and instead they are turned into a huge festival of concerts, stalls, activities, and the trademark market of fresh seafood.
Incheon Grand Park Cherry Blossom Festival - every April when the cherry blossoms start to bloom, Incheon's public park holds concerts, a ceremonial military band to welcome spring, and 7 days of celebration.
Points of Interest (Places to Visit)
Incheon Grand Park - the city's public park, it provides an agricultural platform amidst the urban environment of this metropolitan city. It has a children's zoo, a cherry blossom-lined walkway, botanical gardens, a rose garden, an archery center, a sled park, an inline skating park, a bicycle square, a music hall, and many other attractions.
Bupyeong - the place to shop and eat, Bupyeong is Incheon's liveliest place to visit. The city's largest underground shopping centre, it has hundreds of stalls that sell every kind of merchandise imaginable, plus hundreds of places to eat and drink.
Wolmido Island - one of Incheon's many tiny islands, Wolmido is a popular local tourist attraction with an amusement park, cafes, restaurants, street performers, and a popular boardwalk.
Arts Centre - Incheon's center for arts and entertainment, there are large department stores, cinemas, designer shops, restaurants, 2 sports stadiums, and plenty of venues for concerts and performances.
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Incheon is a metropolitan city that provides every kind of accommodation for every type of traveler. They have value hotels, as well as spa hotels, business inns, bed and breakfast, backpackers hostels, resorts on the beach, and even guest house accommodations in the city limits offering cheaper alternatives for tourists.
Last Updated on: October 12th, 2017