Incheon City is a politically independent city and a near-suburb of South Korea's capital city of Seoul. The Port of Incheon is a major transportation hub for both air and sea travel, and it is home to one of the country's largest harbors and South Korea's main international airport. The city's official flower, the rose, adorns the whole Port of Incheon in summer. Even the subway to Seoul is lined with beautiful roses. While the Port of Incheon is a gateway to Seoul, it is not in itself a major tourist destination. To learn about the attractions and tourism opportunities available in Seoul, please visit the capital city's tourism website.
The Port of Incheon has a humid continental climate that is close to Korea's average. It enjoys four seasons, but the temperature seldom gets too hot or too cold. Northwesterly winds blow in winter, and southwesterly winds gust in the summer. Temperatures range from an average high of 28 °C (83 °F) in August to an average low of -7 °C (20 °F) in January.
The Port of Incheon is home to the only official Chinatown in South Korea. While it was home to merchants from China in the late 1800s, today it is more oriented to tourists and shopping. Located on the main subway line connecting the Port of Incheon to Seoul, the main entrance to Chinatown is immediately in front of the Incheon Subway Station. Houses that combine the Korean and Chinese styles line the streets.
Jayu Park is located next to Chinatown in the Port of Incheon. Its most famous landmark is the huge statue of General Douglas MacArthur. Jayu Park is the first modern Western-style park in South Korea. The park faces the sea and is full of beautiful trees, and it offers magnificent views of the Port of Incheon and the ocean. Aside from the MacArthur statue, the park contains a wide range of large and small sculptures. The Incheon Meteorological Observatory (Korea's first) is located to the right of the park's ridge. The top of Jayu Park, which is reached by the promenade, is a towering bronze modern art piece, a memorial to the hundredth anniversary of relations between South Korea and the United States.
Songdo Old City, or Sondo Yuwonji, is a famous neighborhood in the Port of Incheon. Near the Incheon airport, Sondo Yuwonji is a peaceful, natural setting where visitors enjoy hiking trails, "noname's mountain," and bungee jumping for those who dare.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Incheon and Seoul by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.