Maybe you have a long layover and are wanting to explore nearby areas, or maybe you’re wanting to venture outside the hustle and bustle of central Seoul. Whatever the reason may be, if you find yourself in Incheon, South Korea with a few hours to kill, this is where you need to go. Hands down. Or heck, even go out of your way to get here! You could easily spend the whole day roaming around the park, admiring the complex combination of nature, architectural wonders, and historic buildings. Our English speaking barista at Starbucks suggested Central Park in Songdo, so a huge thank you to her! We would not have discovered this gem otherwise.
Central Park is a very recent development of what they call a “smart city”. A city built from scratch. It is really quite the marvel, and still gorgeous in the dead middle of winter. I can’t even imagine what it would be like in the spring, summer, or fall! I’ll definitely be back to check it out.
1. Rent almost any kind of transportation you can think of
Bikes, boats, canoes, kayaks- the list is never-ending! We opted for our preferred mode of transportation, our own two feet. If you’re stuck for time or have limited mobility, know that you have options.
2. Enjoy “Rabbit Island”
We were on the other side of the water when I saw small creatures hopping around on a mound of land. Could that be….a rabbit island?! Indeed it was! Of course we had to cross the water and check it out for a closer look.
3. Check out the deer petting zoo
Never have I ever been to a deer-only petting zoo….until now. Hey little buddy!
4. Admire the architecture
They make it incredibly easy to do so.
5. Get a work out in
Need to burn off that samgyeopsal- three layer fatty pork belly barbecue from last night? You are all set. Another thing I love about Korea, these free exercise parks are everywhere.
6. Tour a Hanok Village
Hanok being the name for the traditional style Korean house. Traditional truly meets modern here. You can also tour a miniature replica of the Smart City.
7. When in doubt, eat!
Just outside the park is a row of restaurants serving up mostly Korean style dishes. In the actual park there is a cafe and some street food options as well. We opted for a Buddae Jiggae- army stew restaurant. Mmm!
And there you have it! How to kill some time, or simply enjoy Songdo, Incheon. It’s on my list of places to come back to!