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Welcome to Incheon

Incheon

Incheon (Incheon Metropolitan City)

Area: 1,029.43 km2

Electricity: 220V/60Hz(Europlug and German Schuko plugs)

Population: Over 3 million (2016)

International Airport: Incheon International Airport

Incheon, formerly romanized as Inchon, officially the Incheon Metropolitan City, is the third largest city in South Korea after Seoul and Busan with a population of over 3 million people. The city is the cradle of modern Korean history and also part of the Seoul Capital Area, along with Seoul itself and Gyeonggi Province, forming the world's second largest metropolitan area by population.

In 2003, the city was designated as Korea’s first free economic zone. The Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) consists of the three regions of Songdo, Cheongna, and the island of Yeongjong, and has a total area of 51,739 acres (20,938 ha). The zone is a specially designated area to create the most favorable business and living environment where foreign nationals can live and invest freely and conveniently.

Incheon has since established itself as a major transportation hub in northeast Asia with the world-renowned Incheon International Airport and Incheon Port. The Incheon International Airport primarily serves the Seoul Capital Area. It is the largest airport in South Korea and one of the largest and busiest airports in the world.

Several universities are located in Incheon including the Inha University (founded 1954), the University of Incheon (1979), and Gyeongin National University of Education (1946). Major tourist attractions, such as Songdo Resort, Sorae Inlet, and Kanghwa (Ganghwa) Island, lie along the coast.

Sorae Inlet is well known for its seafood cuisine, especially sliced raw fish. Kanghwa Island, north of the city, has many points of cultural and historical interest. Incheon traditional local products include ginseng and hwamunsŏk (handwoven flower-patterned baskets and mats made of sedge). Foreign people will remember the historical site of landing operation during the Korean War, called ‘Operation Chromite’. The city is also home to the Green Climate Fund, an international organization addressing environmental issues.

Information & Facts

Climate

Incheon has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dwa). Incheon's climate is about average compared to the rest of Korea, with 8 locations being cooler and 10 locations being warmer, and with 9 locations being wetter and 9 locations being drier. Incheon experiences each of its four seasons, distinctly feeling the rise and fall of temperature and humidity. The temperature however, never rises to an extreme, and the climate of the city is essentially mild. Incheon is swept by the seasonal winds as the northwesterly winds strike the city in the winter and the summer in Incheon is affected by gusts of the warm southwesterly winds.

Getting Around

Subway

Taking the subway is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get around Incheon There are five subway lines that run through Incheon, taking visitors to all the major districts in the city. Fares start at KRW 900 and increase with distance.

Bus

Buses run through almost every neighborhood in Incheon and fares vary depending on the type of Bus.

  • Green buses, known as neighborhood buses, take passengers around the local neighborhood or district.
  • Blue buses, known as the city buses, take passengers from district to district across the city.
  • Green/White buses and Red buses take passengers from Incheon to Bucheon and Seoul.

Taxi

Taxis route anywhere in the city. Fares start at KRW 2, 600 and increases with distance.

Language

Korean is the official language of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), with different official forms used in each nation-state. Approximately 80 million people worldwide speak Korean.

Money

The currency of South Korea is the Korean Won (₩ KRW). The notes are in the denominations of KRW 1000, 5000, 10, 000 and 50, 000 while the coins in 10, 50, 100 and 500. Due to inflations, coins are rarely used by some locals and ATMs are widely available in subway stations, convenience stores and hotels.

Negatives

South Korea is also one of the safest countries in Asia. Violent street crime is extremely rare and guns are virtually non-existent among the civilian population. Muggings, beatings, kidnappings and other crimes are a rarity in Seoul, especially among foreigners.

Night Life

Incheon is not only lively during the day; it also comes alive at night. From visiting western style bars in the city center to hip-hop modelled clubs, there are so many things to indulge in at night in the city. 

Restaurants

Some of the freshest seafood in the Seoul area can be found at Incheon area and also the perfect place to give the hwae or spicy seafood hot pot a try. Restaurants at the Yeonan Raw Fish Plaza on Yeonan Pier and Wolmi-do have the best seafood deals. 

Located across from Incheon Station near Jayu Park, Chinatown, Korea's only official Chinatown, is where the chinese cuisines and delicacies from Chinese-style noodles to freshly steamed bao (Chinese filled steam buns) are domiciled. The trendy restaurants and cafes on "Gourmet Street" and traditional food vendors in the Sinpo Market are other options

Shopping

Like the other major cities in Korea, there is no shortage of things to buy. Sinpo-dong is no doubt the best place to go shoppping. Incheon's youth and passing international tourists come here for the western imported items, fashion items and more. Right next door is the traditional Sinpo Market, where you can haggle with street vendors for anything from clothing to grains and dried seaweed.

The expansive underground shopping arcade expands  from Dongincheon Station to Sinpo-dong. With over 1, 000 stores, you can spend over an hour just walking without even stopping to browse.

Sightseeing

  • Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall is a plaza and small museum dedicated to the Incheon Landing. Weapons and artifacts from the war and operation are displayed.
  • Jayu (Freedom) Park is a park near the city's port. The statue of General Douglas MacArthur, as well as a memorial to the centennial anniversary of U.S. and Korea relations is located there.
  • Chinatown is Korea's only official Chinatown, located across from Incheon Station near Jayu Park.
  • Bupyeong Station is where the Seoul Subway Line 1 and Incheon subway line intersect. There is a large under ground shopping center there mostly selling trendy women's clothing and cell phones. Above ground, there are many restaurants, additional shops, and a Lotte Mart.
  • Incheon Bus Terminal refers to an area surrounding the city's bus terminal. There is also a performance venue and a subway station. Within this area of Guwol-dong is Rodeo Street, a busy central square packed with restaurants and department stores.
  • Wolmido is the location of Green Beach, one of the landing sites for MacArthur's invasion force. It is now a local tourist attraction with a boardwalk, an amusement park and many raw fish restaurants. Ferries run from Wolmido to Yeongjongdo and Jakyakdo.
  • Jakyakdo is a tiny island located in the harbor close between Wolmido and Yeongjongdo. There are many walkways and picnic spots, a restaurant, and seasonal rental rooms.

Time

GMT/UTC + 09:00; Daylight savings (DST) does not apply.

  • Thu, 19 Oct

    Sunny. Mild.

    68 | 52 °F

    Sunny. Mild.

    20 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Fri, 20 Oct

    Sunny. Mild.

    70 | 51 °F

    Sunny. Mild.

    18 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Sat, 21 Oct

    More sun than clouds. Mild.

    70 | 53 °F

    More sun than clouds. Mild.

    27 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Sun, 22 Oct

    Mostly sunny. Cool.

    62 | 48 °F

    Mostly sunny. Cool.

    20 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Mon, 23 Oct

    Sunny. Cool.

    62 | 46 °F

    Sunny. Cool.

    10 %  Chance of Precipitation

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