안녕하세요: Songdo International City, Incheon

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Phew, although I didn't manage to touch any books today (and I am extremely guilty for slacking), I really feel very accomplished at the same time to be writing my third post. Labour Day indeed.

In any case, it was Christmas Eve that day. Even though I was alone, I wanted to do something special, thus that day became the first time I took the subway and travelled out of Seoul all on my own. I guess I have gathered enough courage over the past few days of wandering around Seoul and chit-chatting with strangers, so it was high time for me to get out of Seoul! Not too far for now though, just Incheon. And Incheon, because I have always been curious how Chinatown in Korea is like and since I am travelling slightly more than an hour to Incheon, I might as well maximise my time there and visit Songdo International City as well. On hindsight, it might not have been a good choice.


Here's a map to start things with

Underestimating the distance between the attractions, my plan was to alight at Central Park Station where I will head over to Incheon Bridge Observatory, followed by Canal Walk and then down Tri-Bowl, past Sunrise Park and all the way to Campus Town Station, so I could take a look at the Yonsei University here which I initially had plans to enroll in before I eventually settled on Sungkyunkwan. Please don't do this. I almost died at the end. Before I reached Sunrise Park I already walked more than 10,000 steps, and I was so tired I even wondered what if I collapse in the park. No one knew I was in this part of Korea and nobody will realise I went missing T.T

Anyway, I am still alive so.. not bad.


What you see when you exit the station


What you see as you walk along the path - nothing


At the end of the path


Incheon Bridge Observatory


Once in a while, I take super artistic pictures


Incheon Bridge

Maybe because it was Christmas Eve, the town was utterly deserted. The roads were empty, the traffic lights were dysfunctional, there was just no one to be seen, and it was scary. I even came across a tent along the pathway that was moving vigorously and it stopped me on my tracks, wondering if something is going to pounce on me when I walk past, until the wind ultimately blew the whole tent away and revealed no one lol. I literally laughed out loud at how paranoid I was.


Civilisation at last


But still deserted


At least there are cars on the roads now


Though the shopping mall was still rather empty


Super pretty nonetheless

And that was NC Cube Canal Walk, a European-style shopping arcade that houses a canal running through the mall and features outstanding architectural aesthetics that invokes the four seasons although to me, they looked rather much the same. I am sorry but I cannot see how one can possibly "invoke" spring, summer or autumn in winter when all the trees are bald. And it is not like the buildings in each section are very much different. Everything just looks winter to me lolol.



The famous Tri-bowl that symbolises Incheon and its sky, sea and land, or rather the airport, sea port and transportation network, built to commemorate the Global Fair & Festival in Incheon.


Finally at Songdo Convensia


Supposed rose farm

There is apparently plenty to do and see in Central Park and Sunrise Park, although I did not really do or see anything except to walk and see how expansive they are. There are supposed to be deer parks and also rabbit island around here as well but probably because it was winter, I did not encounter any animals at all save a pet dog who was out for a walk with his owner. Pity~ but I did see a guy who sprinting away with a bouquet of roses in his hands though, if that counts lol.

In any case, perhaps as a consolation to myself, it was rather refreshing to visit a city before it is fully developed. In fact, I find Songdo very much like our own Marina Bay, which is also built on reclaimed land and has a number of futuristic-looking buildings, just that Songdo International City feels more environmentally-friendly, encompass a wider variety of activities for families and is better-equipped with educational, medical facilities, parks and more. I'd recommend one to visit, especially if you are a Running Man fan since they did quite a couple of episodes here before. Just don't visit during winter.

Upon successfully dragging myself to Campus Town Station, I took the subway to Incheon station on Line 1 to get to Incheon Chinatown 인천 차이나타운. By the way, if you are one who need daily doses of retail therapy, do alight at Bupyeong station and head towards Exit #6. It is where you need to change to Line 1 to get to Incheon, and more importantly where the latest shopping haven, Bupyeong Underground Shopping Mall 부평지하상가 is located. It is similar to Express Bus Terminal Underground Shopping Mall, only bigger and cheaper since it is not very well-known amongst tourist yet. There is a well-known Seafood Stew Street (Bupyeong 5-dong Haemultang Street) at Exit #20 of Bupyeong too!

Don't say I never share,
Yvette

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