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Welcome to 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).