The metropolitan city of Incheon in northwest South Korea is located along the borders of Seoul and Gyeonggi. Not only is Incheon a transportation hub, but also an ultramodern city featuring golf courses, spas, and casinos. The transportation system includes a remarkable international airport, a highly efficient railway system, and several piers for boating. However, Incheon is also very well known for its island beaches that are famed for fishing and boat tours. With a population of over three million today, the beautiful city has a lot to offer in terms of things to do and places to visit. Explore places to visit in Incheon and Incheon points of interest with the below list of things to do in Incheon.
Here's the list of tourist attractions and 15 best things to do in Incheon:
1. Visit the Beach at Muuido
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Muuido or Muui Island is located south of Yongyu Island in South Korea and connected to Yeongjong Island. This makes it easy to travel from Incheon and is even visible from the Incheon Airport. The beaches of this small island off the coast make for a very relaxing day on any trip to Incheon and most tour guides advise a day trip to Muuido. The Jamjinnaru ferry terminal is the best way to cross over to the island from Incheon and the bungalows on the beach are the best place to enjoy a stay at Muui Island.
2. Drink in the Serenity of Jeondeungsa
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Jeondeungsa is a Buddhist monastery and temple in Ganghwa-gun, Incheon. Colorfully painted, maintained perfectly, and lined with ornate carvings, the Jeondeungsa is located right in the middle of an old outgrowth of trees that only add its tranquility and charm. It holds a lot of historical significance to the locals and the beauty of this building lies in its openness and the way it makes Buddhism open to anyone and everyone who is interested in learning about the peaceful religion.
3. Visit the Island of Baengnyeongdo
The Baengnyeong Island or Baengnyeongdo is an island in the Ongjin County of Incheon near the Northern Limit Line. The entire island is around forty-eight and a half square kilometers in area and includes several tourist attractions in its expanse. Some of the most famous tourist hotspots are the sea cliffs of Dumujin, the Second Presbyterian Church, and the beach of Kongdol. The best thing about a trip to Baengyeong Island is probably the remarkably tasty seafood to go with the sights.
4. Go See the Memorial Hall
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The Memorial Hall for the Incheon Landing Operation is a historical monument of real significance to the locals of Incheon. The history and culture have been fused to create a museum of sorts for the locals and tourists to enjoy. The displays include the signature of Peng Dehuai, signal sets from the Korean War, and other trinkets. There is no entry fee but a visit to the Memorial Hall makes for a really great day.
5. Visit the Jajangmyeong Museum
Located in Seollin-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon, the Jajangmyeong Museum depicts the entire history of Korea and especially Incheon through its many displays. There are local shops that serve Chinese food as well for great dining options. Additionally, the museum itself also has the history of noodles features across several exhibitions. Not only is a guided tour made available for tourists, but the Jajangmyeon noodles are described in great detail for noodle enthusiasts worldwide.
6. Visit the Incheon City Museum
A museum dedicated to the history of Incheon lies on Cheongnyang-ro. This is the famous Incheon City Museum that has several artifacts and displays on exhibit and is the first public museum of South Korea. Bronze ware, weaving, printing, rubbing, folk plays, folk painting, ceramics, and excavations are all on display at the museum and it allows for high school tours and guided tourist walks alike. The building is conveniently located and makes for a great intermediate stop between other tourist spots.
7. Spend the Day with Your Children at the Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum, as the name suggests, is a museum entirely for children. Located in Nam-gu, Incheon, the Children’s Museum is replete with fun-filled activities. One of the most exciting and popular activities is the dinosaur exploration room where children can play with dinosaur models hands-on and eat at the in-house restaurant in the museum. It is a definitely nice way to kill two hours and have some fun with the kids all at the same time.
8. Visit Wolmido
Wolmido or Wolmi Island is an island off the coast of South Korea, located only one kilometer off the shore. It is connected to the mainland by a highway that was constructed in 1989 and is also connected by a monorail system which has not yet been inaugurated. The island looks like the tail of a half-moon and that is what the name Wolmido means. It is a great weekend destination with several great activities to flaunt.
9. Stop by Yeongjong Island
Yeongjongdo or Yeongjong Island is a small island off the west coast of Incheon and two and a half kilometers northwest of Wolmido. Home to the Incheon International Airport, Yeongjong Island sees a lot of air traffic every day. Most of the island is composed of small villages and farms lined with beaches and the average tourist can spend a lovely weekend trip right here. The island is also very conveniently located and connected to other islands as well as the mainland for the best experience.
10. Walk Through Songdo Central Park
Public parks are by no means a rare sight in Incheon, but the Songdo Central Park is one of a kind. The park is the centerpiece of the Songdo’s green space plan that was inspired by New York’s own Central Park. It features paths, meadows, and a man-made lake with water taxis for a gala time. The very design of Songdo is that of a high-tech bustling city but in the early hours, Central Park is serene.
11. Take Some Time Out for Chinatown
Korea’s only official Chinatown is the Incheon Chinatown in Jung-gu. Founded in 1884, it is the largest Chinatown in South Korea and features a paifan or Chinese gateway that is eleven meters high. There are lots of small shops and eateries to visit including Chinese sweatshops and souvenir stores. With so many options for quick shopping, the Incheon Chinatown has just as many reasons to be famous. All in all, any trip to Incheon is incomplete without a tour of the Incheon Chinatown.
12. Have a Fun Day with Family at One Mount
With so many adventure parks and theme park popping up all around the world, South Korea was not one to be left behind. The One Mount is Incheon’s very own theme park and features amazing rides from water slides and wave pools to snow hills and roof sledding. The best thing about One Mount is the fact that it has the same rides all year round including the snow rides and attractions. As a result, a day of fun is practically guaranteed with the family at One Mount theme park.
13. Go to the Eurwagni Beach
The Eurwagni Beach in Eurwag-dong, Incheon is one of the most popular beaches in Incheon and the resort and beach experience here is quite unique. The beach is located southwest of Yongyudo Island near Incheon International Airport. It has a gentle slant and white sand that makes the entire experience really amazing. The beach is quite famous for its local clams as well. The best thing is that it is also quite close to the islands near the coastline. This makes for a great day either sunbathing or island hopping on a ferry and taking a grand tour of the entire region. It is also very close to Seoul.
14. Stay at the Incheon Fairy Tale Village
The vibrant colors of the Fairy Tale Village in Jung-gu, Incheon will make people forget all their troubles. With bright and beautiful depictions of fairy tales decorating the houses of the village, there is very little to complain about, especially with the children. Located very close to Incheon Chinatown, this is a very good place for kids and selfies. Even the streets are themed with fairy tales’ characters.
15. Cross the Incheon Bridge
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Survivor to many an earthquake, the Incheon Bridge stands proudly between Yeongjong Island and the mainland of Incheon. This is a six-lane highway bridge made of reinforced concrete built to withstand natural disasters. The bridge extends for over twenty kilometers and is one of the biggest landmarks in Incheon, if not South Korea as a whole. The Incheon Bridge is also going to link Songdo City with the Incheon International Airport to boost commerce and the tourism industry all at the same time.