Saturday, August 15, 2009

Have a Layover in Incheon Airport? What can you do.

Ginseng Beef Soup at Ja Yeon located in Incheon's Walker Hill Transit Hotel

So the New York Adventurers: Eric and Mehera, are back in Seoul and they have a layover in Incheon for a couple of hours. So what can they do? Well, I decided to do some research and ask around and here's what I found.

Of course, you would probably want to leave the city and I think Incheon is the best place to go. There are several local city buses and tour buses that'll take you right into the city. Here's the info on Incheon Local Buses.

Incheon is a port city and it is known for having many excellent Chinese Seafood Restaurants. Jung-gu is the only official Chinatown in Korea and has some excellent Chinese restaurants. You should also check out Jayu Park with a statue of General Douglas MacArthur. There is also the Korean-American Centennial Monument.

Now what should you eat? Here are some recommendations:
1.Hweogweoddawang: Hweogweo is a Chinese sinseollo (royal court casserole) boiled in a Taegeuk (symbol of yin and yang) pot. It has red and white soup featuring various oriental herbs.

Telephone 032-764-8918
Address 12-5 Bukseongdong2-ga Jung-gu Incheon

2. Inhyeondong Dak Samgyetang: Samgyetang (Chicken and Ginseng Soup) is the best food to fight layover ennui. Great Samgyetang can be at Inhyeondong Dak Samgyetang. It has a time honored recipe that's been around since 1972.

Telephone 032-469-9292
Address Susan-dong Namdong-gu
Gamasot Sondubu
3. Gamasot Sondubu: The building has been around for 150 years and they make their own Tofu every morning. I think Korean Tofu is exceptional because it has body and texture- it's not all smooth and sleek like some other country's tofu. It's a very labor intensive task to make. This is one restaurant that I have been meaning to check out for a while.

Telephone 032-426-7270
Address Munhak-dong Nam-gu

4. Bontogyoja: Do the Doo at Bontogyoja. By Doo, I mean Mandu. I love Mandu and this place is famous for their chewy and mandu skins and their fillings. They even have oyster mandoo. Yum...

Telephone 032-777-3335
Address 12-3 Bukseongdong2-ga Jung-gu Incheon

For high end, the Walker Hill has a Incheon Transit Hotel. They have rooms for a couple hours, restaurants, and lounges. I've heard good things about Ja Yeon. It's a Korean restaurant in the Hotel. One traveler I talked to tried the Ginseng Beef soup, and they found it invigorating and interesting.

You can find more information on restaurants here.

Here are some other things that I found you can do in Incheon from Wikipedia:
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.

A number of Korea's western islands, including Ganghwa Island, Yeongjong Island, and Baengnyeong Island are also administered by Incheon. Baengnyeong Island is South Korea's westernmost point.

Jayu (Freedom) Park- The statue of General MacArthur as well as a memorial to the centennial anniversary of U.S. and Korea relations is located within.

Korea's only official Chinatown is located in Incheon, nearby Jayu Park. [1]

Wolmido- 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- 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.

Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall- A plaza and small museum dedicated to the Landing. Weapons and artifacts from the war and operation are displayed.

Incheon Dohobu Cheongsa- Located nearby Munhak Stadium, this is the old government complex for Incheon. It has existed since at least the reign of King Sejong, about 1424 A.D. [2]

Incheon's government has many plans for restoring Incheon's old town.

You can also take a restaurant tour or cooking class in Seoul with me.