String of 3 Islets Offers Unique Experiences

      December 16, 2010 13:20

      Off the shore of Incheon's Yeongjong Island, there are three islets: Sindo, Sido, and Modo. They look separate from a distance but are actually connected by a bridge. Each of them has its own charms: salt-making on Sindo, goby fishing on Sido, and a beatiful sculpture beach on Modo.

      After passing Incheon Bridge and driving for about 10 minutes toward the city, visitors arrive at Sammok wharf, where the ferry to the islands runs every hour.

      Seagulls viewed from a boat on the way to Sindo

      ◆ Salt-making Experience

      Sindo, 14 km northwest of Incheon and 5 km south of Ganghwa Island, whose name is derived from the word meaning "good nature of people," offers various agricultural experience. Among them, the most well known one is making salt from seawater. According to records, salt has been produced here since the late Chosun Dynasty by making seawater into brine and boiling it down.

      Visitors experience rural life.

      ◆ Tranquil Night Fishing

      A drive down the winding roads of Sindo takes visitors to Yeonnyuk Bridge. The 579-m long bridge connecting it with Sido was built in 1992 and becomes a wonderful place for fishing when the tide is in, while offering beautiful views at night with the street lights reflecting in the sea.

      A man fishes near Yeonnyuk Bridge.

      ◆ Sunset Watching

      After passing by a reed swamp, visitors come to Baemikkumi Beach. The beach here has become known for its sculpture park, and an art gallery by the sea. The park offers a great view blended with the fields, mud flats and sea, together with its adjunct art gallery displaying some 100 sculptures. This is also the perfect place to watch the sunset.

      A sculpture in Baemikkumi Sculpture Park

      The most convenient and affordable way to get to Sammok wharf is to use the airport course of the Incheon City Tour Bus. It leaves at Tomorrow City in Songdo eight times a day on the hour starting at 11 a.m.

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