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IncheonSouth Korea

Korea’s third-largest city is a fascinating mix of political history, modern shopping malls and entertainment districts, and remote outer islands. 

The port city of Incheon has many facets. Visit the location where General MacArthur made the invasion that altered the destiny of the Korean War and the memorials and museums that honour him. Eat fresh fish on the tranquil outer islands and enjoy superb shopping and nightlife in the city’s lively centre.

As Korea’s major transport hub, Incheon has the country’s largest airport, an industrial seaport and major bus and train centres within the city limits. Many head straight to Seoul, located just 36 kilometres (22 miles) to the east, but at weekends Incheon is where Seoulites come to relax, shop and enjoy some fresh sea air.

Incheon is politically distinct from the capital, and is famously the location for the Incheon Landings in 1950. Locals are extremely proud of this and you’ll find a memorial statue of General Douglas MacArthur in Jayu Park. At the Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall, which is free to enter, peruse photographs that show what life was like at the time of the landings as well as military-themed photos. Next door to the memorial hall is the Incheon Metropolitan City Museum where you can learn more about the city’s history and take part in experiences such as traditional games and craft.

If you’re looking for designer shopping, excellent restaurants and lively nightlife then the central Bupyeong area is the place to go. Nearby you’ll find Jung-gu, home to Korea’s only Chinatown. Explore the markets and sample tasty food from the restaurants.

Take a trip to the Incheon Islands which lie just offshore. Two of the most popular are Yeongjong Island and Ganghwado Island, which has a famous market specialising in rush mats and ginseng.

A good subway system connects all of Incheon’s major sights and districts. If you can’t find a subway stop for where you want to go there will almost certainly be a bus, so you’ll never have problem getting around the city. Use the giant Northeast Asia Trade Tower, Korea’s tallest building, as a landmark.

Where to stay in Incheon

Songdo Central Park showing a high rise building, a bridge and a city

Songdo

4.5/5Wonderful!(72 area reviews)

Noted for its shopping and restaurants, there's plenty to explore in Songdo. Top attractions like Songdo Central Park and Hyundai Premium Outlet Songdo are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at BIT Zone Station or University of Incheon Station to see more of the city.

Songdo
Yeongjong-dong, Incheon, Incheon, South Korea

Yeongjong-dong

3.5/5Good!(15 area reviews)

Visitors to Yeongjong-dong like its theme parks and seafood restaurants, and Yeongjong Pier is a sight worth a stop.

Yeongjong-dong
Incheon as well as a small group of people

Namdong-gu

3.5/5Good!(14 area reviews)

Namdong-gu is well-liked for its shopping and seafood restaurants. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Sorae Fish Market and Sorae Ecology Park are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Namdong-gu Office Station or Mansu Station to get around.

Namdong-gu
Bupyeong, Incheon, Incheon, South Korea

Bupyeong

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

Get to know Bupyeong and its many features like its restaurants and parks. You might want to explore sights like Woongjin Play City and Shinri Park, and you can jump on the metro at Bupyeong Market Station or Bupyeong Station to get around the city.

Bupyeong
Wolmi Traditional Park which includes a park, a pond and a sunset

Jung-gu

4/5Very Good!(600 area reviews)

Noted for its coffeehouses and seaside views, there's plenty to explore in Jung-gu. Top attractions like Incheon Bridge and Port of Incheon are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Incheon international Airport Cargo Terminal Station or Incheon International Airport Station to see more of the city.

Jung-gu
Nam-gu, Incheon, Incheon, South Korea

Nam-gu

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

The bars and museums are just a few things visitors like about Nam-gu. Port of Incheon and Incheon Munhak Stadium are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Inhae University Station or Dohwa Station to get around the larger area.

Nam-gu

Top Hotels in Incheon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Paradise City
Paradise City
5 out of 5
186, Yeongjonghaeannam-ro 321beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
The price is ¥19,257 per night

Located near the airport, this family-friendly resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of BMW Driving Center, Geuppo Beach, and Marsian Beach. Silmido Beach and Silmido ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (973 reviews)

"Amazing experience even with the corona virus craziness. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Paradise City
Incheon Airport Transit Hotel (Terminal 1)
Incheon Airport Transit Hotel (Terminal 1)
3 out of 5
Terminal 1, Incheon International Airpor, Duty Free Area, Gate 11, 4th Floor, Incheon, Incheon
The price is ¥11,738 per night

Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Geuppo Beach, BMW Driving Center, and Marsian Beach. Silmido Island and Silmido Beach are also within ...

3.5/5Good! (547 reviews)
Oasis for rest

"Our room was a comfortable oasis for us as exhausted travelers. We had a 11 hour layover and with the virus we didnt want to take any tours. It was perfect to stay at the hotel in the airport."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Incheon Airport Transit Hotel (Terminal 1)
Best Western Harbor Park Hotel
Best Western Harbor Park Hotel
3.5 out of 5
217, Jemullyang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, Incheon
The price is ¥4,543 per night

Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Jayu Park and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Wolmi Theme Park. Incheon Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dongincheon ...

4/5Very Good! (437 reviews)
Clean and comfy hotel in Incheon

"Fast check in & was flexible with check in time. Hotel seemed like a new building and very clean. Would stay again next time."…"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

Best Western Harbor Park Hotel

Popular places to visit in Incheon

Songdo Central Park
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Songdo Central Park

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Find a pleasant oasis along the water in this large, bustling city. Canoe, ride a bike, relax on the lawn or visit rabbits and deer.

Port of Incheon
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Port of Incheon

4/5(19 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Incheon with a trip to Port of Incheon. Wander the Chinatown and waterfront in the area.

Incheon Bridge
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Incheon Bridge

4/5(32 reviews)

Take incredible photos against the unmistakable background of this bridge, which is an architectural triumph that is stunning by night and by day. 

NC Cube Canal Walk
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NC Cube Canal Walk

4/5(4 reviews)

This wonderfully designed shopping complex is as great a place to wander or to sip coffee as it is to browse for the latest South Korean trends. 

Wolmi Theme Park
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Wolmi Theme Park

3.5/5(3 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at Wolmi Theme Park, an entertaining place to visit in Incheon. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Jayu Park
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Jayu Park

3.5/5(2 reviews)

Appreciate the gorgeous sea views from this well-maintained park, which is studded with a wide array of sculptures and statues. 

Top things to do in Incheon

Matina Lounge (Incheon Airport Terminal 2)
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Matina Lounge (Incheon Airport Terminal 2)

¥2,774
Per adult
Discover Seoul Pass Card (24/48/72 hours)
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Discover Seoul Pass Card (24/48/72 hours)

100% of travellers recommend
¥3,501
Per adult
Seeing Incheon city Day Tour
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Seeing Incheon city Day Tour

¥12,782
Per adult
Discover Seoul 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass (Redemption Required)
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Discover Seoul 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass (Redemption Required)

¥4,307
Per adult
[Incheon Tour]Quick escape from the crowded streets of Seoul
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[Incheon Tour]Quick escape from the crowded streets of Seoul

¥7,807
Per adult
The Ultimate Private Seoul Layover Tour with a Local
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The Ultimate Private Seoul Layover Tour with a Local

¥33,807
Per adult

Reviews of Incheon

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
204
5 - Excellent 41.29554655870445%
4 - Good
208
4 - Good 42.10526315789474%
3 - Okay
72
3 - Okay 14.574898785425102%
2 - Disappointing
6
2 - Disappointing 1.214574898785425%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.8097165991902834%

3/5 - Okay

DPK

May 5, 2020

Try the Songdo City Bar and Restaurant near the Sheraton Hotel, it has a good brunch on weekends.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

I only stayed inside the airport terminal... it was very pleasant and was great to have all the shopping and food options during my stay.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

nice to play casino. near by airport is good point.

3/5 - Okay

A.F

Feb 14, 2020

Taxi drivers and airport workers are rude. Hard to communicate with them even though we used translation app.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

Very clean, quiet, and helpful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

It's really far from Seoul! About an hour drive in a limousine bus and maybe 45-50mins using Arex all stops. It doesn't feel like its own actual city, it almost seems abandoned.

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