Incheon is Korea’s third-largest city, with a population of 3 million people, located in the northwest corner of the country, directly bordering Seoul. Most visitors to Korea may know about Incheon thanks to Incheon International Airport, which serves as the main international airport for the Seoul Metropolitan Area. However, there’s far more to Incheon than just its airport. Although it lacks the cosmopolitanism of Seoul and constantly lives in its shadow, Incheon has its own long, distinct history and identity that goes all the way back to the period of the Three Kingdoms around the 5th-century. Numerous historical events that shaped modern Korea occurred in Incheon, and the city is chock full of important historical sites. Incheon today is a massive agglomeration of highly contrasting environments, with hyper-modern districts packed with towering high rises, industrial zones, countryside farming villages, and small isolated islands in the Yellow Sea all within its limits, leaving too much to explore in just a single weekend.
The city’s role as both a major port and air traffic hub have turned it into Korea’s international gateway, providing access to the massive Seoul Metropolitan Area to millions of foreign visitors every year. This led to the development of the Songdo International Business District, a city built from scratch upon reclaimed land in 2015, constructed right across the bay from Incheon International Airport, designed to lure foreign companies and organizations to Incheon. It boasts numerous eco-friendly features, towering office buildings and high-rise apartments, and an abundance of green space. Just a short subway ride away at Incheon Station is Korea’s only official Chinatown, established all the way back in 1883, home to some of the best Chinese restaurants in the country. In the opposite direction along the Suin Line is the city’s largest seafood market in Soraepogu, with tons of restaurants serving fresh seafood brought in daily to the district's small fishing port.
In the far north part of the city is Ganghwa Island, home to numerous historical sites. It was the refuge of the Goryeo court during the Mongol invasions of the 13th-century, and the site of numerous battles with western powers in the late 19th-century. Numerous national treasures, relics, and monuments reside on the island, including stone dolmens dating back to the first millennium B.C.E. Ganghwa Island is also directly across from North Korea, with parts of the island giving an interesting glimpse into the “Hermit Kingdom”. There are also tons of other smaller islands off the coast of the city, such as Jawolmyeon, Sido, Deokjeok, and Baengnyeong-do, all accessible by local ferries, each with large, clean beaches.
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Living in Seoul Talk Series
September 28, 2019 (Saturday) 9:30am to 6:00pm Itaewon Global Village Center will be hosting its first event to commemorate the “International Day for the Universal Access to Information”, entitled “Living in Seoul Talk Series”! This series will be divided into three sessions: Part 1: Living in Seoul Orientation for Newcomers in Korea (9:30am~12:00pm) - A talk on basic information on living in Seoul, crime prevention, banking, medical care, Korean culture and so on. Part 2: Basic Korean Laws by Atty. Jaesung Hong of JS Legal (1:30pm~3:30pm) - A talk on civil and criminal laws in Korea Part 3: Standard Korean Labor Law by Atty. Bongsoo Jung of Kangnam Labor Law Firm (4:00pm~6:00pm) - A talk on basic labor laws As an aspect of Itaewon GVC’s commitment to support foreigners living in Seoul, and as an agency heading the international community, we uphold the undertaking of promoting the importance of knowing one’s rights. This is also an opportunity to help foreigners living in Seoul to have access to the valuable information that will help them adapt and make their lives easier while living in Korea. All foreigners, especially those who are new to Korea are encouraged to join! To join, email us your name, nationality, contact information and the session or sessions you want to join. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org)
IGVC - Minwha Painting Museum Tour
National Museum of Korea
September 20th, 2019 10am - 12pm Come join us for an amazing art event on Friday, September 20th from 10:00am to 12:00pm! Itaewon Global Center will be taking a trip to the National Museum of Korea to learn the traditional Korean folk Painting: “Minhwa”. Participants will also have an opportunity to draw on a traditional Korean fan! Schedule: - Concept and brief background explanation about Korean traditional painting: Minhwa - Learn about the usual images used in Korean folk art and basic painting techniques using Korean brush - Design your own fan Instructors will be there to assist you when professional help is needed. This class is for beginners so no artistic background is necessary! Cost: 5,000won (per person/Cash Only). You can sign up in person or by email only.
Jarasum International Jazz Festival (자라섬국제재즈페스티벌)
Jarasum International Jazz Festival
If you are a fan of Jazz or music in general you can't miss the Jarasum International Jazz Festival! The festival is held every October on the beautiful Jaraseom Island in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do. During the festival world-famous jazz artists come together to delight audiences with the smooth vibes of live jazz. As a Green Life Honorary Ambassador, the festival also promotes environmental protection. In order to share and connect with the community the festival holds a Gapyeong Band Contest, publishes a Gapyeong Restaurant Guidebook, and produces Jazz Makgeolli and Jazz Wine made from the region’s local products.