Photo: Overview of the Songdo Central Park from G Tower, with Oakwood Premier Incheon in the middle as a filming location.
Though the hit Korean drama on a love story of a handsome soldier and a beautiful lady doctor, “Descendants of the Sun” had recently came to an end, its popularity still lingers around as it continues to be the latest talk of the town. Several drama scenes were particularly filmed in the city of Incheon, resulting in the nearby attractions to be equally well-liked and highly visited these days. Read on more to find out the places that actors Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo had visited in Incheon!
Photo: G Tower in the middle, a filming location of ‘Descendants of the Sun’
Central Park, a green space found amidst tall skyscrapers in Songdo International City. Commonly referred to the well-known New York Central Park, Songdo Central Park is just as magnificent and beautiful. Being an attraction that offers the best views in Songdo, it is also the main reason why Songdo Central Park was selected to be one of the filming locations for ‘Descendants of the Sun’.
If you are looking for a bird’s eye view of the central park, head over to the G Tower here. G Tower is where the South-North dialogue in the drama was filmed at. Go up to Sky Park (level 29) or Promotion Hall (level 33), to enjoy a panoramic view of the Central Park and the nearby International Business District. What’s more, admission is free!
Photo: Café nearby Central Park (left) / Visitors on water taxis at Central Park (right)
At the far east of Songdo Central Park, you may find East Boathouse, a place for water leisure sports. Canoeing, kayaking, family boat and other water activities can be experienced here. In particular, the waterway found at the Central Park are waters connecting from the sea, therefore passengers taking the boats can feel as if they are sailing on seawaters, while being in a city.
The pathway along East Boathouse that meets Convensia-daero (road) is where Sergeant Major Seo Dae-young (played by Jin Goo) and First Lieutenant Yoon Myeong-joo (played by Kim Ji-won) had their kiss scene. On the opposite side of the road, you may find a stupendous building known as the Oakwood Premier Incheon Hotel in which Haesung Hospital, where Doctor Kang Mo-yeon (played by Song Hye-kyo) is located within. In addition, the café where Captain Yoo Si-jin (played by Song Joong-ki) and Doctor Kang sadly bided their fist goodbye can be found in close proximity to the Central Park.
Photo: NC Cube Canal Walk
Walk for about 3 minutes from G Tower to arrive at NC Cube Canal Walk, a European-style shopping mall with various unique spaces and delicious restaurants. Following the artificial waterway in the center, stretch of restaurants and shops can be found on both sides of the promenades, along with terrace seats for those who enjoy the open and peaceful ambiance.
The mall is divided into four segments by seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter. Each segment has its own distinctive theme such as fashion, lifestyle, sports and more. In addition, information map or store directory are put in place for visitors to check the store locations for a smooth and enjoyable shopping experience.
Photo: Amusement park in Wolmido Island (top) / Culture Street at Wolmido Island (bottom left) / Shooting gallery as seen in the ‘Descendants of the Sun’ drama (bottom right)
Wolmido Island is a place where one can learn about Korea’s modern history and culture. After opening of the port (during late nineteenth century) adjacent to the coast of Incheon, modern civilization was introduced and an abundant of historical architecture and cultural heritages can be found here. Besides, an increasing number of restaurants specializing in raw fishes, as well as cafes can be seen along the coast.
For those who like to have an overview of the cityscape, the observatory deck at Wolmi Traditional Park offers a refreshing breathtaking view of the port and city. On top of that, you may also find and experience the same shooting gallery where Captain Yoo Si-jin and Sergeant Major Seo Dae-young had played in the drama here!
Photo: Incheon Chinatown First Paeru (top) / Chinese street food (bottom left) / Samgukji Mural Street (bottom right)
With the opening of Incheon Port in 1883, Incheon Chinatown was introduced in 1884 as an extraterritoriality of the Qing Dynasty and thus many Chinese had settled here, forming a Chinese living culture here. Unquestionably, there are many stores selling mooncakes, dumplings and other wide assortment of Chinese street food.
The place that is first sought after when one visits Chinatown is usually Gonghwachun, the origin of Jjajangmyeon (black soy bean noodles) dishes. Walk pass Gonghwachun and you may find the former consulate of the Qing Dynasty, which was transformed into Hwagyo Jungsan School now. As the number of visitors to Incheon Chinatown increases, a new attraction was added using the walls of Jungsan School, creating the Samgukji Mural Street.
Located right beside the second paeru (traditional main gate in China) is the Korean-Chinese Cultural Center where a diversity of information related to China’s history and culture are put on exhibition. Visitors can experience wearing a traditional Chinese costume, or even enjoy a tea session here.
Photo: Japanese buildings found at the Gaehangjang Street (left) / Stone stairway used as a territory divider between the former Qing Dynasty and Japan (right)
A noticeable flight of stairs can be found after passing by the second paeru in Chinatown. The stairway was used as a boundary that divides the territories of the former Qing Dynasty and Japan in the past. Areas to the right of the stairs served as Japan’s jogyeji (concession site) and were often referred as the Gaehanghang (open port area) Street back then. The building of Incheon Jung-gu Office was a Japanese consulate in earlier times, while the Incheon Open Port Modern Architecture Exhibition Center was the former Incheon Branch of Japan's 18th Bank.
Recall the scene when Captain Yoo Si-jin and Sergeant Major Seo Dae-young pulled their BB guns while chasing after the thief on the motorbike in the drama? The street is just right in the vicinity of this area!
Photo: Famous dakgangjeong at Sinpo International Market (left) / Fried fish cake fritters at the snack corner (right)
Sinpo International Market in Incheon is a traditional market introduced after the opening of the port. In the past, the area held many stores trading goods imported from China, but most Chinese businesses are now restaurants and daily necessities.
This traditional market is especially famous for the sweet and spicy marinated dakgangjeong (sweet and sour chicken), attracting visitors from all over the nation to have a taste of this delicious street food. As there is always a huge crowd at the stores selling dakgangjeong, it is best advised to opt for the take-out option instead.
* This column was last updated in May 2016 and therefore information may differ from what ispresented here. We advise you to check the official websites before visiting.
<Last updated May 9, 2016>