Incheon is a large coastal city in the north-west of South Korea, less than an hour’s drive from Seoul. A major shipping port for the country, its Free Economic Zone status makes is a natural hub for international business. The city is spread across the mainland centre and several islands connected by bridge and ferry. Its historical significance in Korea additionally means it is a popular destination for those wishing to learn more about the country’s fascinating past. Discover a haven for global commerce and culture when you book your Incheon hotel.
What are the characteristics of Incheon?
Visitors arrive at Incheon International Airport on Yeongjongdo Island, a short drive across the bridge from the city centre. This island is also home to small villages and features several attractive beaches, including the popular Eulwangni Beach. In central Incheon you’ll find the headquarters of many of the city’s large companies. The Bupyeong district in the north is where many shops, bars and restaurants are located, whilst Incheon is also home to South Korea’s only official Chinatown, another great place to eat and shop.
What kind of businesses are attracted to Incheon?
The Incheon Free Economic Zone was introduced to boost the city’s already well-established international trade. It covers the International Business District and the Songdo ConvensiA Convention Centre, which hosts many business forums and expos, as well as leisure and dining facilities. Nearby you'll find the Northeast Asia Trade Tower, one of South Korea's tallest building. The city’s global outlook is highlighted by its wealth of foreign investment, as well as the establishment of offices for the English Programme in Korea and a large branch of American car brand General Motors.
What are some highlights I can find near my Incheon hotel?
The name Incheon translates as ‘kind river’, so exploring its attractive waterways and islands is a great way to get a feel for the city. Thankfully, this is easy due to great infrastructure and public transportation, accessible from your Incheon hotel. The country’s oldest temple, Jeondeungsa, is located on Ganghwa Island, and is well worth visiting. Learn more about Korea’s cultural heritage at the excellent Ganghwa History Museum and the Museum of Korea Emigration History. To pick up gifts or enjoy some local cuisine, head to Bupyeong, which features an enormous underground retail centre with over 1,400 shops.