Incheon's Night Views Make for Great Dates, Evening Hikes

The views of Incheon and the sea at night can be nothing short of stunning. Here are the top three attractions in the city one hour west of Seoul to head to after the sun goes down.

◆ Incheon Bridge

At 18.38 km, this ranks as the longest bridge in Korea and the sixth-longest in the world. It looks even more beautiful at night due to 176 lights that change hue every 30 seconds among a palette of five. The color scheme also changes according to the season and on holidays and other special occasions.

The best way to enjoy the night views of the bridge and a jungle of high rises in the port city is by driving over it. The main pylon of the bridge stretches up to 238.5 m and is decorated with hundreds of LED lights.

◆ Songdo

Songdo International Business District is best enjoyed by foot. A 7-km trail linked to this modern district filled with futuristic buildings and skyscrapers follows a seawater canal and takes about three hours to complete.

The part of the trail near a UFO-shaped structure called the Tri-Bowl is the best spot to enjoy night views of the area. This complex hosts various performances and exhibitions and can be reached by heading to Central Park Station of Incheon Subway Line No. 1. Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the complex reflected in the water of an artificial pond here.

◆ Mountain Cafe

There is a café at the top of Mt. Womi, which is popular among couples seeking a romantic date.

Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the city including Incheon Bridge. Boats heading in and out of Incheon Harbor add to the scenic majesty along with a number of tiny islands scattered nearby.

There are a couple of routes in Wolmi Park to get to the café, with each taking about 20 minutes by foot. Electric shuttle buses also operate every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. except during lunchtime. Tickets cost W1,000 for adults and W500 per children (US$1=W1,022).

englishnews@chosun.com / May 09, 2014 12:36 KST