Traveling between Islands amidst the Pleasant Scent of the Sea
Road Trip Destinations around Islands of Incheon
The calm but brilliant attractiveness of an island is enough to enchant anyone.
The stories created from the surrounding sea are full of magic and carry their own taste and beauty. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to just let your mind and body relax and release any tension related to this prolonged stretch of social distancing?
Here are three recommended tourist destinations from the driving course that spans five Incheon islands, offered by the Incheon Tourism Organization in April.
- Written and Photographed by Choi Gap-su, travel writer
Goryeogung Palace Site
The remnants of various rises and falls throughout history are still seen across Ganghwado. Goryeogung Palace Site, located close to Ganghwa Bus Terminal, is the representative ruin of the Anti-Mongol Struggle. After the first invasion from Mongolia, Gojong of the Goryeo Dynasty relocated the capital to Ganghwado in 1232, remaining on the island until 1270.
Ganghwa Anglican Church
Not far from Goryeogung Palace Site, Ganghwa Anglican Church can also be found. This was the first church built in Korea, dating back to 1900. In order to reduce the resistance toward the strange Western religion it would house, a temple-architecture style was adopted. On its own, the coastal road from the church to Gapgotdondae fortification-Deokjinjin fortress-Chojijin fortress is simply wonderful to enjoy.
Oepohang Jeotgal Susan Sijang
Ganghwado is famous for Jeotgal, meaning salted seafood. Chujeot is made with shrimp, typically in autumn, and it tastes especially good when used to boil Jeotgukgalbi. This dish is considered a health food, featuring boiled pork ribs and a variety of vegetables. You can easily buy Chujeot from Oepohang Jeotgal Susan Sijang. The sellers at this seafood market are often kind enough to give out generous portions of Chujeot with each purchase.
- · Goryeogung Palace Site : 394 Ganghwa-daero, Ganghwa-eup, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
- · Ganghwa Anglican Church : 41 Bungmun-gil, Ganghwa-eup, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
- · Oepohang Jeotgal Susan Sijan : Oepo-ri, Naega-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
1 Chojijin Fortress
2 Goryeogung Palace Site
3 Ganghwa Anglican Church
4 Oepohang Jeotgal Susan Sijang
1 Diverse forms and colors of rocks along Eurwangni Beach
2 Fortune Bear, the symbol of Yeongjongdo, at Yeongjong Bridge Service Area
3 PR Observatory Deck in Terminal 2 of Incheon International Airport
4 Tidal-flat activities at Simnipo Beach are particularly popular with children
5 Yeungheungdo Sosa Forest features dense trees that grow well, even along the beach
6 Yeungheungdo tidal flat is a good spot for gathering clams, conchs, and surf clams
7 Barrel train traveling around Simnipo Beach
As with any beach frequented by the citizens of the western metropolitan area, Eurwangni Beach is always crowded.The dense forest of pine trees that surrounds it is a beauty to behold, while the strange rocks and bizarre stones along the water create unique and stunning visuals.
Incheon Airport Terminal 2 PR Observatory Deck
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the state-of-the-art technology that also inhabits this area full of natural beauty. On the fifth floor of Terminal 2, an observatory deck allows people to watch planes as they land and take-off, with video displays complete with 3D-mapping technology and VR experiences.
The sound of grilling clams from dining spots along the beach is enough to make one’s mouth water. A variety of seafood from off the coast of Incheon is scooped up by local restaurants as soon as it arrives at Eurwangni’s fishing port. In other words, the seafood on offer is extremely fresh!
- · Eurwangni Beach : 16-15 Yongyuseo-ro, 302beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
- · Incheon Airport Terminal 2 PR Observatory Deck : 446 Je2terminal-daero, Jung-gu, Incheon
This island is small but full of fun! First and foremost, Simnipo Beach, on the eastern side of the island, boasts soft sand and a free lot for camping, which is very popular among visitors.In addition to the features already noted, foreshore activities include gathering clams, conchs, and surf clams.
Behind Simnipo Beach, you’ll find Sosa Forest, another famous spot on Yeongheungdo. The trees here are not valued for their wooden materials, as they only reach 8 m when fully grown, and their shape is rather curvy.
Yeongheung Suhyup (National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives) Fisheries Market
Huge flatfish, rockfish, and spotty belly greenling from the Yellow Sea are just waiting to be feasted on. The raw fish here is sliced on site and is especially delicious when eaten with a view of the sea. This is truly a privilege only provided during an island visit!
- · Simnipo Beach : 734 Nae-ri, Yeongheung-myeon, Ongjin-gun, Incheon
- · Yeongheung Suhyup (National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives) Fisheries Market : 109-12 Yeongheung-ro, Yeongheung-myeon, Ongjin-gun, Incheon
Enjoying grilled clams is a must while visiting Eurwangni Beach. These clams are gathered from the waters off Incheon and are always very fresh.
Yeongheung Suhyup (National Federation of Fisheries Co-operatives) Fisheries Market is located along Yeongjongdo’s Jindu wharf.