Incheon

Not to be confused with Icheon.
Not to be confused with Incheon International Airport.

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.

Understand

Incheon is an 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.

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) 3.0 5.7 11.1 16.7 21.5 25.4 28.4 27.6 25.6 20.0 12.7 1.4
Nightly lows (°C) -3.9 -1.6 3.7 8.8 13.2 19.2 22.3 22.1 18.8 12.0 5.8 -5.3
Precipitation (mm) 7.9 16.7 8.5 44.1 74.3 62.8 227.2 122.1 93.9 60.3 46.0 24.3

Korea Meteorological Administration, 2014

Incheon's climate is similar to Seoul.

Get in

By plane

Incheon International Airport is South Korea's main gateway. The AREX train connects the airport to Gyeyang (20 min), where you can transfer to the Incheon subway line. Alternatively, the limousine bus line (50 min) is always available to go to many places in Incheon, or you can take a taxi (25 min) to get into the city.

By boat

The ferry Sewol from Incheon to Jeju Island capsized and sank on the 16th April 2014 with the tragic loss of over 300 people, most of whom were school children. This has greatly affected the South Korean nation, and it is very likely to impact ferry services from Incheon to Jeju.

Incheon Port International Ferry Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (Yeonan Budu) has connections to several cities in China, such as Weihai, Dandong, Qingdao and Tianjin.

The largest operator is now Weidong, but passengers can look at full listings on the port's website (only in Korean). These ferries are similar to miniature cruise lines and provide karaoke rooms, console games, and DVD rentals (private rooms only).

The trip can take as long as 24 hours, so if you have an economy ticket, request a sleeper bunk for a comfortable trip. If they are all taken, however, the only other option for an economy ticket is the sleeping deck where everyone will stay like sardines in a can. Arrive at the terminal 2–3 hours before departure to ensure there is availability for the bunks.

By subway

Kyeong-in line called Metropolitan Line 1 links Seoul to Incheon. The line often provides express trains that skip some minor stops between Dong-incheon station and Yongsan station. By using the express trains passengers can save up to 30 minutes depending on where they go and for the same fare.

By bus

From various cities in South Korea there are numerous Intercity Bus routes heading to Incheon. Travellers can book some routes from the Kobus website such as Busan, Daegu and Gwangju.

From Seoul, there are some express bus routes which mainly exist for commuters.

Number Origin Destination
1000 Seoul Station Gyeongnam Honorsbill
1100 Seoul Station Naho Park
1200 Seoul Station Miju Bathhouse
1300 Seoul Station Dongmak Station
1400 Seoul Station Incheon Terminal
1500 Seoul Station Lotte Mart

Most of them connect Incheon from Seoul station, Shinchon and Gangnam station. For example, route 1400 links Seoul station, Shinchon, Hongdae and Bupyeong.

Get around

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 hours 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, and a taxi can be called under 1577-5588.

See

Arts Centre central square (Rodeo street), Guwol-Dong.

Cultural Properties

Other

Do

Munhak Baseball Stadium

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.

Eat

Incheon is famed for its Jjolmyeon

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.

Drink

Sleep

Hotels

Hotels are gathered in song-do international city. If you come to city, you don't have to difficult to reserve accommodations.

Resort

These Resorts are not far from to incheon international airport

Pensions

In South Korea, the word for a boarding house where three meals a day are provided along with your room is "pension". There are 1,635 pensions around Incheon according to a 'Naver page', including the following:

Guest House

There are 39 guest houses according to a 'Naver page', including the following:

Go next

Routes through Incheon

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