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Sunday, January 11, 2015

10 Places Must-Visit in Incheon, South Korea

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If you are planning to take a trip to South Korea then one thing you would not want to miss for sure is the many beautiful places in Incheon. Located in the northwestern region of South Korea, Incheon borders Seoul and Gyeonggi to the east. It is the third most populated city of South Korea. Incheon, a Korean word means the ‘kind river’ in English. The hosts for the last Asian games are also one of the major tourist hubs in Korea. It is well connected both internally and externally with an extensive network of air, road, rail and water transport. As an international city, Incheon has hosted numerous international events apart from Asian games over the years. Once in Korea, one can’t afford to miss the major attractions that one of the most beautiful cities of Korea has to offer. There are numerous places that are worth visiting in Incheon; however, here we try to present a list of 10 of the most worthwhile places which you must not miss at any cost. Although, this list provides a comprehensive picture of Incheon, there are many more beautiful places in Incheon that you can visit.

1. WOLMI-DO ISLAND

Wolmi Traditional Park Water Dance Fountain Incheon, South Korea
The first and one of the must visit places is Wolmi-do. Wolmi-do famously know as an island is not one anymore. After being connected to the mainland of Incheon, it has now become a part of a peninsular region. It serves as not only an exciting getaway zone for people living nearby, but is also an attractive spot for foreign visitors. It offers many recreational facilities for its tourists such as a small amusement park, Korean sushi restaurants, and nice Wolmi traditional park. This spot also has beautiful beaches and hence is a beloved site for beach lovers. It is also the home to the culture, street which is responsible for bringing thousands of visitors to Incheon every day.

2. INCHEON LANDING MEMORIAL HALL

Incheon Landing Memorial Hall, South Korea
Located near Songdo Resort, Incheon Landing Memorial Hall is situated on Inchon’s southern edge. It comprises of an overlook, a monument and a museum. All of these buildings are dedicated to the martyrs who died during the Incheon invasion of the Korean War. This monument serves as a memorial and has the flags of all the 16 nations who fought in the war under the UN. This memorial provides the tourists the opportunity of seeing the photos of the city during war time. With all that this spot has to offer, it is a spot of high historic importance.

3. MONUMENTS IN JAYU/FREEDOM PARK (GENERAL MACARTHUR MONUMENT)

Monuments in Jayu Park Incheon, South Korea
Situated high above the port of Incheon there is another important tourist attraction or places in Incheon. General MacArthur monument dedicated to the US General Douglas MacArthur. This monument lies as an evidence of all the admiration general MacArthur received for his daring act of the amphibious invasion at Incheon in 1950. It lies as a demarcation of the liberation of South Korea from the communists. This 16 foot tall monument is located in Jayu Park in Incheon. The monument was founded by the citizens of. The names of people who built the statue have been engraved at the bottom of the monument. There is also a memorial plaque which says “this is a man to hold eternally in honored memory.” This monument is of high historical significance and also became a popular protest spot during various agitations in South Korea. Jayu Park not only withholds in itself the General MacArthur Monument, but is also the home for a monument dedicated to Korean American cooperation. This monument has striking aesthetics with its traditional pavilions and small aviary. It provides a view of various destinations in the city, including Wolmi-do, the beaches in the north and a huge part. This monument is known by the name Centennial Monument, which was constructed in 1982. It stands a symbol of commemoration of US-Korea Amity and Trade Treaty. This park has been one of the most striking features of Incheon since 1882.

4. TEMPLES IN INCHEON

Jeondeungsa Temple Incheon, South Korea
If you have a spiritual nature, Jeondeungsa Temple is a must visit for you. This exquisite Buddhist temple is only a 2 hour drive from Seoul and is very close from the city of Incheon. The temple is an ancient piece of architecture and has been in existence for around 1300 years. It offers a quiet and serene atmosphere with a unique architecture to marvel upon. If you want to leave all your worries behind and enjoy the peace and calm you should visit the temple on your trip to South Korea. Another place of spiritual importance that attracts huge crowds without fail is the Bomunsa Temple. Since it is located right next to the sea it is exceptionally beautiful. It remains one of the favorite locations where tourists can learn about Korea. He beautiful scenery and the peaceful environment make the learning experience much more enjoyable. The temple is located at Seokmodo Island and is alleged to have been constructed by Queen Seondeok. Right on entering the temple there is a 600 year old Chinese tree. Behind this tree is the temple.

5. INCHEON BRIDGE

Incheon Bridge, South Korea
Often termed to be the pride of Incheon, it is a recently constructed concrete bridge. This bridge is an amazing piece of architecture, which has come into existence in 2009. This bridge is about 21 km or & miles in length and is spread over the sea. The beautiful piece of architecture is decorated with soaring arches and has the blue sea water shimmering underneath. The bridge, although exquisite throughout the day, becomes particularly beautiful at night. The actual purpose of the bridge was to provide a direct access between Songdo and Incheon International Airport but it has eventually evolved to become a major tourist attraction.

6.  INCHEON CHINA TOWN

Incheon China Town, South Korea
An exclusive china town right in the heart of Korea is another tourist attraction of Incheon. Since it is present within the port, the slopes here are particularly deepened and the roads are extremely narrow. Most of the items here are quite cheap. However, instead of shopping, the real attraction is the history hidden in this place. Amaze yourself by visiting Jjaiangmyeon and Incheon Open Port Museum. While the Jjajangmyeon Museum throws light on the evolution of a popular Koreanized Chinese noodles. It also throws light on the evolution of the 19th century lifestyle and eating habits of Chinese people residing in this area. Similarly the Incheon Open Port Museum explains the development of Incheon as a port in the 19th century.  While in China town you may also be able to catch the sight of specialty sweets being handmade in various shops

7. CHAMSEONGDAN ALTAR

Chamseongdan Incheon, South Korea
Located on the top of Manisan Mountain, Chamseongdan is an altar where Dangun (Founder of Korean   Kingdom) dedicated religious service to heaven in the spring and autumn, twice a year. His sacrifice over 4,000 years ago is the result of the people’s prosperity and glorious future of Korea. It is said that the kings of Goguryeo, Baekje, Silla, and Joseon Kingdoms all offered sacrifices to the heavens here. Until now, a memorial service is performed every year on the National Foundation Day of Korea (Oct 3rd). Chamseongdan was appointed as a historical site No. 136 because this is the only historical treasure related to Dangun in South Korea. The altar is composed of natural stones and resemble a fortress atop of cliff reflecting the Korean ancestor's awesome toward the heaven. Another thing you should not miss is the Korean Hornbeam, a pine tree representing Korea. The interesting fact about the Korean Hornbeam is that the tree grows alone on the top stones, making the mountain views to be breathtaking. Manisan Mountain is the highest mountain in Ganghwa which is 495m above sea level. Because it is in between of Baekdusan Mountain and Hallasan Mountain, you can behold the panorama of both the islands and the inland scenery. The path up to Chamseongdan Altar provides a fantastic view of mountain and sea, which is popular among climbers. This place is highly recommended if you are interested in Korean history as well as a hiking holic!

8. SONGDO CENTRAL PARK

Sangdo Central Park Incheon, South Korea
If you are taking your family for a trip to Incheon, one of the most recommended spots for you is Songdo Central Park. Any weekend trip to the park will give you the sight of many families camping in the park. An enhancement to your recreation is given by the cycling and boating facilities that are available here. It also has running platforms surrounding the central lake. The park has many sculptures and places to sit and relax. The park is also surrounded by many pieces of modern architecture, which, when reflect on the lake give spectacular reflections.

9. BUPYEONG UNDERGROUND SHOPPING CENTER

Bupyeong Undergroud Shopping Center Incheon, South Korea
The shopping center is famous for selling a variety of products ranging from clothes to books. The major attraction here is the lowest price at which all these products can be purchased at this shopping center. The many restaurants, malls and the fashion street present here, play a major role in attracting both domestic and international tourists. It is one of the must-visit places in Incheon!

10. SORAE FISH MARKET

Sorae Fish Market Incheon, South Korea
It is a traditional salted fish market that is located on the southwest inlet of Incheon. During weekdays, this market attracts about 3000 visitors. There is a range of salted food and marine products available in this market. It includes salted shrimps, salted octopus, salted crabs etc. There are many raw fish restaurants around this market.This market sees its peak sales in the months of June, August and November.

These 10 places described here form just the tip of the iceberg. A search through the web will give you at least 190 places that are worth visiting in Incheon. All these places are not only enlisted on the web but have also been rated by the many tourists who have visited them in the past. All these places together will give you a trip which takes your through pages of history while giving you a treat for your eyes. Come to Incheon, look for yourself and be amazed, but do not forget to stop over these must visit places.

If you decided to visit Incheon, these are my personal recommendations where to stay in Incheon :)

Polo Tourist HotelCrown GuesthouseCentral Plaza Hotel (Incheon Cityhall)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

6 Facts to Stay in Korean Guesthouse at Sinchon, Seoul

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Travel is not complete without a snug accommodation. My favorite accommodation or stay in Sinchon, Seoul is Cozybox guesthouse! It is a perfect spot to unwind yourself while watching Korean dramas in the room after a whole day of traveling. Around the guesthouse, you could easily fall in love with endless amazing coffee shops or cafes, mouth-watering Korean barbeque restaurants, vibrant clubs or bars, karaoke singing rooms and a shopping Sinchon street which is always crowded with people. Let me tell you why Cozybox guesthouse is my favorite choice of stay in Sinchon, Seoul? 
Cozybox Guesthouse, Sinchon

Language Barrier Free

The guesthouse is installed with a direct translation screen connected to a desktop as to enhance communication for the guests who cannot speak English and provide some useful information such as weather, Sinchon Seoul travel tips, Korean food and restaurant recommendations. If you have problem to convey a message, do not hesitate to use the translation screen!
The Cozybox Guesthouse, Sinchon

Strategic Location

It is only a 5~10 minutes’ walk from the subway station, and the subway is connected to almost every corner of Seoul. Along the way to guesthouse, you could catch a sight of various Korean restaurants and Korean cafes that will make you hungry and thirsty for a drink! 

Competitive Price

Competitive price with extra comfort and additional services such as free Korean snacks and drinks, basic Korean language flashcard, international calls, laptop usage, and Korean breakfast are available.
  
Happy guest with snacks & gifts

Breakfast on the Go

Breakfast box is provided to every guest from 7am to 11am. If you wake up late or do not feel motivated to cook, you definitely do not want to miss this! 

Free Printing

Don’t be panic if you forget to print or fax documents. You can complete your job and print your essential documents or flight itinerary with the help of friendly guesthouse staff. 

Clean & Well Equipped

The guesthouse is brand-new that equipped with simple but harmonic interior, which allows you to enjoy the moment with your beloved ones. Fluffy soft bed and pillow will promise you a sound sleep and feel regenerate for the next day. The presence of spacious closet for guest to hang their shopping clothes or place their hand-carry luggage in the cupboard will be helpful. LED TV allows guests to listen to their favorite K-pop (Korean Pop) songs and watch movies through the channels after coming back from a long walk. It is an ideal Korean vacation that every guest deserves to enjoy! The type of rooms ranges from a single room to 4 persons room, including the sofa-type bed.

The Cozy Room, Sinchon
Room amenities include LED TV, room storage, shoe cupboard, slipper, shower supplies, towels, air con, flood heater, fridge, hair dryer, and so on. 

Cozybox Guesthouse stay in Sinchon, Seoul will make sure that you will have a wonderful stay. “Guest’s comfort is the priority of guesthouse”. If you have inquiries or are interested to make a reservation, we are happy to help and make your Korean trip comfortable.  

The Cozybox Guesthouse Building, Sinchon
Start to plan for this vacation now! If you are planning to visit Seoul, Korea, please do not miss 10 places must-visit in Seoul. If it is for winter vacation, you may consider giving winter sports a try! Do miss one of the 5 places must-go for ski and winter sports in South Korea






Saturday, August 9, 2014

Win an Xtraordinary Bangkok-Seoul trip through LeX Paradise

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LeX Paradise is again calling for entries in an amazing "Win an X-traordinary Bangkok-Seoul Trip" contest. This is the 3rd contest ever being held at LeX Paradise! If you dream about a vacation to Thailand or South Korea next year, then this is a chance for you!

The competition is to give away a Zero Fares Bangkok-Seoul round trip ticket (worth about 9000+THB ~ US$300+) to the best competition entry of "Win an X-traordinary Bangkok-Seoul Trip" contest.


The contest starts from now until 10th September 2014, at 23:59 GMT +7
Deadline extended for another 10 days! 
Participate the contest till 
20th September 2014 at 23:59 GMT +7
The contest officially ended, the winner is........

Congratulation! Korawit!

Who can participate in this competition?

Everyone can participate in this contest, as long as you are,  
  • Staying in Thailand      
  • Staying in South Korea     
  • Staying in Southeast Asia      
  • Plan to travel to Thailand     
  • Plan to travel to South Korea      
  • Plan to travel to Southeast Asia      
  • Planning a trip (but yet to decide where to go)          
  • Korean/Thai Fans      
  • If you plan to go to South Korea or Southeast Asia.        
And must be aged 18 or above.

Check out the past LeX Paradise contest "Win a trip to Busan, Korea this season!".

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"LeX Paradise I am about to win an X-traordinary flight ticket because... (Not more than 15 words, excluding initial texts)"

    6. Finally, fill in the form below, then you are done with your entry :)
The winner will... 
  • Be notified via email on 12th Sept 2014 22th Sept 2014
  • Win a Zero Fare round trip ticket from Bangkok to Seoul or from Seoul to Bangkok 
  • A free World Travel Blogger E-book 
  • A LeX Paradise blog post entry about your travelling experience in South Korea 
Criteria of the winner: (in order - starting with the most-important) 
  1. Creativity of the quote 
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  3. Completed all the steps mentioned above 
  4. The number of shares of your entry on Facebook.
(Ask your friends to help you win :] )

Competition term and condition: 
  • Once an entry is submitted, you are agreement with all the term and condition below. 
  • Entrants must be aged 81 or above. 
  • Closing date of the contest is 10th Sept 2014, at 23:59 GMT +7  20th September 2014 at 23:59 GMT +7
  • Only one entry per individual is permitted. 
  • Only one winner will be selected. 
  • Additional expenses not cover by prize are sole responsibility of the winner. 
  • The winner will be notified by email and must respond to the email within 2 days or else a new winner will be selected. 
  • The winner's name and location may be published on LeX Paradise. 
  • The winner agrees to write a blog post in LeX Paradise of travelling experience in South Korea. 
  • The prize is strictly non-transferable or redeemable for cash or exchange. 
  • Flight Departure: Winner flies from Bangkok, Thailand / Seoul, South Korea. 
  • The prize is only valid for the travelling period after 30th November 2014 & before 1st of March 2015. 
  • The prize is subject to availability at time of booking. 
  • The prize does not include airport tax, fuel surcharge, counter checking fee, insurance, baggage, meals and amenities which will have to be borne by you. 
  • Automated/bulk entries and entries from third parties are not permitted and will be disqualified.
  •  Term and condition subjected to change without prior notices. 
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