New Tourist Village in Incheon Brings Fairytales to Life

A fairytale-themed village has been created in Songwol-dong, Incheon, as part of the city's project to renovate dilapidated areas. It has now become one of the city's most popular tourist destinations.

A 10-minute walk from Incheon Station on Subway Line No. 1, the village welcomes visitors with a rainbow-themed piece of art from the entrance. As it features perennially popular characters from children’s stories like "Snow White," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Bambi," it attracts not only young couples but also families with children.

The village is divided into 10 sections, with the first entitled "The Street of Dorothy" appearing at about 30 m from the village entrance. Visitors can see Peter Pan on a bench looking for Tinker Bell before they come across Dorothy followed by the Tin Man and cowardly Lion from "The Wizard of Oz."

Next up is a street dedicated to three popular fictional princesses. Female visitors are frequently spotted taking selfies with Snow White, Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella in the background.

The Street of the Netherlands is most beautiful in spring when the tulips are in full bloom. A 5-m high wall features the country's iconic windmills. Located on the breast of a hill, the street commands a view of the entire village.

Korean folk tales are also featured in the village, which is still under construction. New murals are being painted on the as-yet undecorated walls while other final touches are under way including more street lamps and pavement surfacing.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 12, 2014 10:10 KST