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48 Hours in Songdo
For many of us, work, study, along with other responsibilities, consume a big part of life and we can rarely afford to take the easy vacation we deserve. For many, relaxation generally only comes in the form of a short weekend getaway. Nevertheless, limitations should not stop you from making the most of your time, especially when it could be a weekend away!
As a smart city with a wide array of attractions, Songdo and the wider International Business District has become increasingly popular as a holiday destination for local and international travelers alike. The Weekend Special Package at Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo is a great package choice for your weekend visit to Incheon. To make the most of Songdo, we’ve put together a handful of suggestions that can be completed within just 48 hours.
Wake up in the comfort of your luxurious hotel room and enjoy an international breakfast buffet at Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo’s signature restaurant, Surache Dining.
Start your day with a visit to Central Park, the centerpiece of Songdo. A green oasis among skyscrapers, Songdo Central Park was modelled after the famous Central Park of New York City. There are various themed meadows, forested areas in the park, where you will find numerous deer and rabbits hopping around. The park also features a traditional Korean village, cafes and restaurants, and even the magnificent Tri-Bowl located opposite the hotel.
You could easily spend a whole day strolling around Central Park, but could also choose to visit certain points of interest. Ride on a water taxi in the seawater canal to take in the beauty of the whole area.
For those interested in cultural events and exhibitions, Tri-Bowl is another must-visit place inside Songdo’s Central Park. It is a multi-complex cultural center run by the Incheon Foundation for Arts and Culture. At night, the building comes alive as it is lit up with colorful lights.
For lunch, visit Incheon Chinatown for a bowl of authentic Jajangmyeon. Jajangmyeon is a Chinese-style Korean noodles with diced meat, vegetables and the signature thick black bean sauce. This famous dish originates from a restaurant in this particular Chinatown, dating back to 1905.
Once your stomach is filled, it’s time for some retail therapy at Songdo Hyundai Premium Outlet. Considered the first “Hybrid Outlet” of South Korea, the three-storey outlet is more than just a shopping mall. You can shop for literally everything at this complex, from designer brands and fashion items to consumer products and food. The best part of this outlet is the lovely garden in the basement which offers visitors a space to unwind.
Next stop: Songdo Hanok Village. “Hanok Village” refers to a particular area where a number of traditional Korean “Hanok” houses have been newly built while the rest of the city has been industrialized and modernized, setting the village apart in terms of charm. Songdo Hanok Village is located within Central Park and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Songdo. For dinner, enjoy exquisite dessert cafes and high quality restaurants in the area . And if you’re lucky, you may be able to catch a traditional performances that takes place regularly during the warmer months.
The final day of your holiday should begin with a hearty breakfast at Surache Dining, before you head off to take a morning stroll around Central Park for a dose of Songdo’s fresh air.
For a late brunch, stop by Sinpo International Market for some local delicacies, particularly the famous dakgangjeong (crispy fried chicken coated with a sweet and sour sauce). Sinpo Market is the oldest traditional market in Incheon which was formed after the opening of Incheon Port in 1883, which is why the buildings still have that vintage charm.
History enthusiasts can learn of the Korean way of life during the war at the Memorial Park for the Incheon Landing Operation. This war memorial hall was built to celebrate the successful Incheon Landing Operation led by UN Commander-in-Chief, General McArthur during the Korean War. The memorial also contains an outdoor exhibition space, performance stage, and observatory.
Right next to the Memorial Park is the 600-year-old Goryeo-era temple, the beautiful Heungryunsa Temple. Since it was left desolate following the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592, the temple has gone through several renovation and reconstruction projects. Although not a lot of information is provided about the history of the temple itself, the beautiful statues, pavilions, and calming atmosphere are nonetheless astonishing.
Heungryunsa Temple is also the perfect final stop for your Songdo weekend trip. Its location makes it the ideal spot to admire the picturesque views of the Incheon Bridge, Songdo IBD, and the sea.
If you are a fan of the beloved Korean series, Descendants of the Sun (starring real-life, just-married couple Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki), and you want to follow its trail, there are four places in Songdo IBD that were used as shooting locations which you can visit - D Cafe, G Tower, Oakwood Premier and Songdo Convensia.
After two eventful days in Songdo, you can start your new week feeling refreshed and re-energized.
Weekend Special Package
Naturally, wanderlust is not for everyone. If you prefer spending most of your weekend relaxing inside the hotel, you can reap all the benefits of Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo’s Weekend Special Package.
You can check in on either Friday or Saturday and have your pick of premium accommodation (Superior, Deluxe or Suite) for your weekend stay. The package includes breakfast buffet at Surache Dining for two, complimentary access to the fitness center, free WiFi, free parking, and late check-out of up to 4pm.
Book your stay at Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo for this coming weekend and make the most of your time in this premium Songdo hotel in Incheon.