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The freezing winter is about to come to an end and the warmer spring season is just around the corner. Spring is a busy time for tourism in Incheon as select streets become covered with snowy white petals of cherry blossoms.
Let’s explore the beauty of this business district which is not only rich in natural attractions, but also abundant with cultural destinations.
Songdo Central Park
Considered the heart of Incheon Songdo, this green paradise in situated in the middle of dozens of skyscrapers, with Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo located by the edge of this natural oasis.
The creation of this park is inspired by the world-renowned Central Park in New York City. Inside the park is a man-made seawater canal where visitors can hop on a water taxi and enjoy a ride through the park. Or simply take a stroll around the park for a fulfilling dose of fresh air.
Tri-Bowl is a multiplex cultural center run by the Incheon Foundation for Arts and Culture where cultural events and exhibitions are held throughout the year. The structure is much celebrated as an architectural beauty, taking the shapes of three bowls floating on water. This unique design symbolizes Incheon as a city in harmony with the sky, ocean, and earth. The building is most famous for its impressive night views where it is lit up with colorful lightings.
Sinpo International Market
Famous for dakgangjeong or crispy fried chicken and other local delicacies, Sinpo International Market is the oldest traditional market in Incheon whose history can be traced back as far as the 19th century. What differentiates this market from others in South Korea is an abundance of international shops such as a Russian bar and Chinese restaurants. Most of the buildings in this neighborhood are at least a couple of decades old, which adds to its unique charm. Though rather far from the capital of Seoul, the market is definitely one of the must-visit places if you’re ever in the area.
Once designated as an extraterritoriality of the Ching Dynasty, it is no surprise that Incheon was the precinct early Chinese settlers migrated to since the 19th century. A large number of Chinese families have taken roots in this area which is why it held countless stores trading goods originated from China. Although residents of the Incheon Chinatown today are generally second- and third-generation descendants, this small neighborhood still harbors the flavors of China, as well as the traditional culture of the first-generation settlers.
This particular Chinatown is also known as the birthplace of jajangmyeon (noodles with black bean sauce). If you have a chance to browse around Incheon Chinatown, don’t forget to sample some local foods and shop for traditional Chinese souvenirs.
NC Cube Canal Walk
The NC Cube Canal Walk is an outdoor shopping court which is styled with a European twist. The complex is comprised of four block sections, one for each season of the year. The signature of the NC Cube Canal Walk is a canal running through the building, making it outstanding with architectural aesthetics.
Whether you’re looking for a place to shop ‘til you drop or just window-shopping, simply browsing the Canal Walk is still a fantastic experience.
Book a stay at Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo this spring to witness the beauty of Incheon Songdo and become enchanted by the stunning spring season.