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Incheon, South Korea

Incheon (Korean: 인천, Chinese: 仁川), (Formerly romanized as Inchon), is a city in South Korea on the coast directly to the west of Seoul.

Incheon is a historically and economically significant place for Koreans. During the Korean War, the city was the site of the Incheon Landing by American forces. Today, it is a metropolitan city with the population of about 2.8 million, politically independent from Seoul. Also, the city serves as a transportation hub by air and sea, with a massive harbor and a major international airport. Several beautiful islands, such as

Yeongjong Island

and Ganghwa Island, are also within city limits.... Read more

Incheon, South Korea

Incheon (Korean: 인천, Chinese: 仁川), (Formerly romanized as Inchon), is a city in South Korea on the coast directly to the west of Seoul.

Incheon is a historically and economically significant place for Koreans. During the Korean War, the city was the site of the Incheon Landing by American forces. Today, it is a metropolitan city with the population of about 2.8 million, politically independent from Seoul. Also, the city serves as a transportation hub by air and sea, with a massive harbor and a major international airport. Several beautiful islands, such as

Yeongjong Island

and Ganghwa Island, are also within city limits. The status of the area is set to increase as various national projects are in development here. The New Songdo City plan, the most expensive real estate development in Korean history, is in progress. One of the world's tallest twin tower buildings, 151 Incheon tower, is under early construction and Korea's current tallest building, the Northeast Asia Trade Tower, is already finished. It is planning to launch further independent mini-cities for shopping, housing, and education. Added to this real estate development, and will also invite a large number of visitors for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. Despite these developments, the Songdo area of Incheon is currently unfinished and largely uninhabited, not yet a viable destination for tourists. Travelers are more likely to enjoy the bustling eastern side of Incheon which blurs into the vast expanse of Seoul.

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Incheon, South Korea: Port Information

Cruise liners dock near the center of Incheon.
International Passenger Terminal has a convenience store, travel agency, shopping center.
Seoul is in a 90-minute drive.

Get around Incheon, South Korea

There are several ways to get around Incheon.

By subway

Subway line No.1 and Suin line have connected to Seoul and Gyeonggi Province. The subway line passes through many famous places. If you get off the 'Gyeyang station', you can see the Gyeongin Ara Waterway.

By bus

For visitors who want to visit more places in Incheon, local bus lines could be another great option. There are currently about 2,000 operating buses; therefore, a visitor can go almost everywhere.

Land and water double use bus

In Ara waterway, there are several 'land and water double use buses'. You can stop by and experience them. It takes about 1 hour and you can look around in Ara Waterway. The hours of operation are AM 11:00 / AM 11:30 / PM 3:30 / PM 5:30 on weekdays. On weekends, the hours of operation are from AM 10:00 to PM 18:00. The times between departures are 30 minutes or 1 hour.

By taxi

There are a number of taxis on the street.

What to see in Incheon, South Korea

Cultural Properties

  • Taeung-jon Hall, Chondung-sa Temple (전등사 대웅전). This temple is Korea treasure 178 issue. It was appointed in 1963.
  • Incheon government office building (인천도호부청사), Namgu-maesohol road 589. It was the first to be declared a tangible cultural property in Incheon.
  • Buddhist Sanctuary,Jeong-Su Temple (강화 정수사 법당), Hwado-myeon Sagi-ry 467-3, Gwanghwa. It is the No. 161 national treasure.
  • GangHwa Hyanggyo (강화향교). Hyanggyo is the Confucian temple and school to teach local students in the Joseon Dynasty period .
  • GangHwa mountain fortress (강화산성), Guk hwa-ri,Ganghwa-eup. It was built in Goryeo period
  • GangHwa Daesan-ry dolmen distant view (강화대산리지석묘원경), 1189, Daesan-ry, Ganghwa-eup. It is appointed in 1995. This cultural property is related to brazen age.
  • Seonsu-guard post (선수돈대), 1831, Nae-ry, Hwado-myeon. It was made the Joseon Dynasty period. Also, it is one of the guard posts in 48 guard post. Nearby region, southern, northern guard post also exist.


  • Arts Centre. An art and entertainment venue located in Guwol-dong (with which it is loosely synonymous). There are several large department stores, cinemas, designer shops, restaurants, and a central square named Rodeo Street. Sporting events are sometimes shown on a screen in the central square. Also, the place has a couple of stadiums for professional baseball and soccer games.
  • Chinatown. This is the only official Chinatown in South Korea. Chinatown is full of Chinese restaurants and souvenir shops. Of course, many Chinese people reside there, so Chinese schools are there too. The area is located at the end of Metropolitan Line 1 that directly connects Incheon with Seoul. The main entrance to Chinatown is in front of the Incheon station. The area is very crowded with visitors on weekends, so if you'd like to avoid crowds, go during the week.
  • Liberty Park (Jayu park). Liberty Park is located next to Chinatown. For most Incheon citizens, the park is well known for General MacArthur's statue and the memorial of the Centennial Anniversary of U.S.-South Korean relations.
  • Independence Memorial Hall. This was built to celebrate Korea's independence from Japan. There are a monument of General MacArthur and several other statues that symbolize the country's independence.
  • Songdo International City. This is a multi-billion dollar planned city where Korea's tallest building, the North Asia Trade Tower, is located. In addition, the world's tallest twin tower buildings, 151 Incheon Tower, are in the early stage of construction. As part of the Free Economic Zone, Songdo represents the bright future of Incheon. This area is still very much in development, however, and not currently recommended for visitors.
  • Incheon Islands. There are several islands accessible by ferries. Most islands provide comfortable environments with fresh air and various cuisines that allow visitors to stay away from city life for a while. Also, the islands have great hiking roads and beaches. Here are several islands people can easily visit: Daecheongdo, Yeonpyeongdo, Ganghwado, Yeongjongdo, Muuido, and Deokjeokdo.
  • Wolmido

    . Wolmido was a major harbor in Incheon until Yeonan Budu was developed. However, visitors can still do many things in Wolmido. There is a small park, surrounded by a nature walk road. There are also many seafood restaurants and cafes with a great ocean view. What is more, a small harbor that can bring visitors to several islands is still operating. The most famous place is an amusement park popular with locals. People call Wolmido's pirate ship ride the scariest in Korea because the seat belts are loose. However, there are no known actual safety problems with this ride.
  • Incheon Munhak Stadium, 482 munhak-dong, Nam-gu, ☎ +82 32 200-7500.
  • Ara tower (아라타워), Oryu-dong, Seogu. It is a tower of Gyeongin Ara canal.

What to do in Incheon, South Korea

  • Go to the hot place in Guwol-dong. It has many delicious restaurants and pubs.
  • Incheon culture & arts center (인천문화예술회관), 1408 Guwol-dong, Namdong-gu, ☎ +82 032 427 8401. The Incheon Culture & Arts Center has served as the home of culture and the arts in Incheon.
  • haughty cat (도도한 고양이), Rodeo Plaza 5th floor 1463-2 Guwol-dong, Namdong-gu, ☎ +82 032 433 8584. It is a pet cat café that you can drink some coffee and enjoy with cats. 
  • Fairy-tale town (동화마을), Songwol-dong 3-ga, Jung-gu. This town is designed to show like fairy tales.
  • G tower, Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu. This tower rises to a height of over 30 meters. It is a great building to see all of Songdo at a glance.
  • Central Park

    , Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu. This park is an ideal place for a walk.
  • NCcube Canal Walk, Canal Walk 17-1 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, ☎ +82 32-723-6300. It is a good place for shopping. It's called Venice in Incheon.

Movie theaters

There are several movie theaters in Incheon. Big multiplex movie theater chains, such as CGV, Lotte Cinema, and Megabox, are represented in Incheon and show movies of various genres.

  • CGV Incheon, 4th floor, SEE&SEEE, 1130 Guwol-dong, Namdong-gu, ☎ 1544-1122NOCC. 14 screens and 3390 of seating capacity
  • CGV Incheon terminal, 15 Gwangyo-dong, Nam-gu, ☎ 1544-1122NOCC. 4 screens and 516 of seating capacity
  • CGV Bupyeong, 489, Majang-ro, Bupyeong-gu, ☎ 1544-1122NOCC. 10 screens and 1464 of seating capacity
  • Lotte Cinema Incheon, 7th floor, Lotte department store, 1455 Guwol-dong, Namdong-gu, ☎ 1544-8855NOCC. 9 screens and 1341 of seating capacity
  • Megabox Yeonsu, 106, Beotkkot-ro, Yeonsu-gu, ☎ 1544-0070NOCC. 9 screens and 1650 of seating capacity

What to eat and drink in Incheon, South Korea


In Incheon, there are a large number of quality restaurants, but do not expect the staff to be able to speak English.

Bupyeong and Guwol-dong Rodeo Street are two main areas for food and drink. A variety of genres are available. Korean food generally offers a delightful and exciting experience. If someone is not familiar with Korean food, there are also many American and Italian restaurants which could be a safe bet for foreign visitors.

  • Bupyeong New-York Chinese restaurant (부평 뉴욕반점), ☎ 032-516-4488NOCC. It is a very famous Chinese restaurant in Bupyeong. The Sweet and Sour Pork was made with sweet rice. Also, the employee directly cut this Sweet and Sour Pork. 
  • Warmhearted Chicken feet (정든 닭발), ☎ 032-426-1111NOCC. It is a franchise brand.
  • Yeon gyeong white jajang (연경짜장), 5-1,3ga bokseong-dong, jung-gu, ☎ 032-765-7888NOCC. This restaurant went on the air lots of times. 
  • Original Sinpo sweet and sour chicken (원조 신포닭강정), 1-12 Sinpo-dong, Jung-gu, ☎ +82 32-762-5853. This restaurant serves sweet and sour chicken. The sweet and sour chicken is a thing for which Incheon is famous.
  • Samgang Seolleongtang ( 삼강설렁탕), 95-8 Gyeong-dong, Jung-gu, ☎ +82 32-772-7885. This restaurant serves seolleongtang (a stock soup of bone and stew meat.) This restaurant boasts of a tradition that goes back 60 years. 
  • Japanese Bistro (작은식당), Hyundai Hillstate Apt.402 No. 110, 21-60 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, ☎ +82 32-833-7720. This restaurant serves Japanese food. The Pork Cutlet with Mozzarella Cheese is a thing for which Songdo is famous. 
  • Teru (테루), 107, Art center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, ☎ +82 32-723-6600. everyday 11:00~22:00. This restaurant serves Japanese food. The Cheese fondue pork cutlet is a thing for which Songdo is famous. 
  • Dokyo Panya (도쿄팡야), 194, Central-ro, Yeonsu-gu, ☎ +82 32-831-1025. everyday 10:00~22:00. This is a bakery. This bakery's breads cost more, but they are also more delicious and healthy than other bakeries' breads.
  • Sushiway (스시웨이), 232, Central-ro, Yeonsu-gu, ☎ +82 32-834-3704. everyday 11:30~22:00. This restaurant serves Japanese food. It is famous for fresh sushi.
  • myeong-dong boiled barley (명동보리밥), 232, 1134, Guwol1-dong, ☎ 032-435-3393NOCC. Korea people like to eat boiled barley. If you stop by here, you can eat it.


  • Cuttlefish super, Bupyeong, ☎ +82 10-7168-1874. There are always many people in this shop.
  • Cheap Shots, Bupyeong, ☎ +82 10-7168-1874. Closed Monday. Opens at 6 Tuesday through Sunday. A fairly new foreigner-owned bar with weekly trivia nights and other events. Owner Tommy is very friendly and also makes good food.
  • N's pub, Bupyeong. Small but good atmosphere. Very cheap drinks and beer (but no soju); a recent favorite for both foreigners and Koreans.
  • Red Rock chicken, Bupyeong. Many people who go to Bupyeong, they go to this chicken store. It is very popular in Bupyeong.
  • The Shine, Bupyeong. A high-class atmosphere for budget prices, The Shine is a traditional bar in that you have to buy anju (안주, appetizer or meal) with your drinks, but the food is quite good. Drinks are reasonably priced and beer can be purchased in towering dispensers which shoot dry ice through a tube and out a chimney on top.
  • Korean-style raw beef village, Bupyeong. Many people drink soju or beer in Korea-style raw beef. This store is also popular in Bupyeong.
  • Redsun, 153-3, Bupyeong5-dong, ☎ 032-511-7820NOCC. Many people drink this place. It has wide size.
  • Mad Max, 598-4, Yeonsu2-dong, ☎ 032-811-9560NOCC. Western Style bar serves a good rum & coke.
  • Chunnyue Sarang (천년의 사랑), 526-6,ongneyon-dong (Songdo hilltop hotel street.). Korea's original tea & wine, snack. The master's dress is oriental Korea costume and interior is Oriental culture style. 
  • Woodstock (Bupyeong). The original Woodstock is small (about 2 dozen seats) but is comfy and has nice bartenders. The newly opened second location (also in Bupyeong) is much bigger.
  • Liquor Burger, Incheon, Yeonsugu, Yeonsu2dong, 600-1, Third Floor, ☎ +82 32-816-8988, e-mail: 7 pm - 3 am. This is Yeonsu dong's go-to for beer, burgers, and events. The bar is owned by a very friendly American guy and his Korean wife. They have dart leagues, foosball, trivia nights, live music, movie nights and on-demand music videos for free. It's a small neighborhood, so everyone knows everyone. You'll never go there without seeing a friendly face. Every couple of months they do big events in which they take 40 of the locals on weekend getaways. Great mix of foreigners and Koreans! 
  • O'Malley's Irish Pub, 1474-3 Guwol-Dong, Namdong-Gu, Incheon, Top Plaza 4th Floor (Across the street from Shinsegae Dept Store, Near Woori Bank), ☎ +82 32-424-3006. A truly western-style pub/sports bar on the outskirts of the lively "Square" in Guwoldong. They have reasonably priced drinks and great western-style-pub-food (burgers, club sandwich, chicken wings, etc.) Great atmosphere and hang out for mostly westerners but Koreans are usually there, as well.
  • Rio's Western Bar, Guwol-Dong Square (Arts Center). Perhaps the only 'Western-style' bar outside of Bupyeong regularly packed with foreigners. The pub is quite well hidden and therefore tends to attract the same local English teachers rather than wandering tourists. Located on the 3rd floor in the same building is the massive (and rather infamous) King Kong Hof, also frequented by Westerners on weekends.
  • Goose Goose (Bupyeong). Innocuous enough from the outside, Goose Goose is perhaps the largest and busiest westerner zone in town on a Saturday night. The "pub jukebox" is an open desktop computer running iTunes. Excuse the Canadian's playing Celine Dion. And the Brit obsessed with Adele.
  • Who's Bar (Bupyeong). A cozy western bar great for catching up on English football. The owner is a very friendly young fellow who'll offer a free drink to new ESL teachers.

Shopping in Incheon, South Korea

There are numerous malls, street markets, art galleries, souvenir shops so you can easily find a place to buy something to take home.
  • Ginseng: Korea is the ginseng (인삼 insam) capital of the world. Thought to have medicinal properties, it is found everywhere in Korea. In addition to ginseng tea and various foods flavored with ginseng, there are even ginseng-based beauty products. There are many grades of ginseng, with the best grades fetching millions of US dollars in auctions.
  • Traditional items: Visitors looking for things to bring home can find a wide variety of choices. You can find a blue-jade celadon from the Goryeo Dynasty, handmade traditional costumes, paper kites and ceramic pieces that depict human emotions in their designs at the numerous markets and souvenir shops.
  • Fashion: Keeping up with the latest trends, shoppers and boutique owners alike flock the streets and markets every weekend.
  • Antiques. Be careful, as items over 50 years old cannot leave the country. Check with the Art and Antique Assessment Office at 82-32-740-2921.
  • Electronics: They are widely available. Korea has most of the latest gadgets available in most Western countries, and much more. In fact, when it comes to consumer technology, South Korea is probably second only to Japan. However, you would probably have to contend with having the instruction booklets and functions being written in Korean.
  • Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs): Korea's greatest contribution to the gaming world. While they may not have been invented in Korea, Korean MMORPG's were a key factor in making the genre popular worldwide. Unlike in Japan, where their comics or manga are often made into cartoon serials or anime, popular Korean comics, known as manhwa(만화) in Korean are often made into MMORPG's. However, all games sold will be in Korean and for console games, the regional coding for Korea is NTSC-J, which is used for Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and most of the rest of East Asia, so you might not be able to play them on your European/Australian(PAL), North American(NTSC-U/C) or mainland Chinese(NTSC-C) consoles.
  • Pop culture: South Korea is the origin of the hallyu ("Korean wave") phenomenon that took East Asia by storm at the beginning of the 21st century, so you might want to buy some of the latest Korean drama serials or movies when in Korea. Fans of K-pop may also like to buy the latest Korean music CDs by popular singers such as BTS, EXO, and Super Junior. However, drama serials and movies sold in Korea are for the Korean market and usually do not have subtitles. In addition, South Korea is in DVD region 3 so the discs bought here would work well in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia, but may not be playable by players bought in North America, Europe, mainland China, Japan or Australia. If you wish to buy, ensure that your DVD player can support it.

Safety in Incheon, South Korea

South Korea is a very safe country, with reported crime rates much lower than in the US and comparable to most European countries. Crime rates are comparable to other safe places such as Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Violent crime is rare toward locals and tourists alike. For the most part, the only foreigners who encounter trouble in South Korea are drunken ones that provoke fights at bars or clubs. If you do happen to encounter any trouble, police stations are located in every district, usually in walking distance from subway entrances and bus stops. While most officers won't understand English, they do have interpreters on-call that can assist you.

Emergency Numbers
  • Police: 112 from a phone and region code-112 from a cellular phone
  • Fire and ambulance services: 119 and region code-119 from a cellular.
Emergency-service English interpreters are available 24 hours a day.

Language spoken in Incheon, South Korea

Koreans speak Korean and knowing a few words of this will come in very handy.
Nearly all Koreans under the age of 40 have taken English lessons as part of their education, and the English level of the country is being improved by government policy and investments. However, due to lack of practice (as well as fear of mispronunciation), most Koreans have little more than a very basic grasp of English phrases in actual conversation. If you're in a pinch and need someone who speaks English, your best bet would generally be the high school or university students. Reading and writing come much easier, however, and often people will be able to read and understand a considerable amount of English even without any practice with real conversation. Many employees at airlines, hotels, and stores catering to international tourists are likely to speak at least basic English.


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