The newest addition to the Feel the Rhythm of KOREA series had some special guest stars! In addition to Ambiguous Dance Company, the video features members of variety program “2 Days & 1 Night” as they dance their way around Incheon’s top attractions. Starting from Incheon International Airport, the main entry point for most tourists, the video continues to multiple fun locations to explore in this often over-looked city!
The video starts out at Incheon International Airport. If you’ve ever been to Korea, chances are you started and ended your trip right here! Upon arrival, you might have even been as excited as the members of Ambiguous Dance Company and “2 Days & 1 Night,” even if you didn’t dance around the place like they did.
If you have time to kill at the airport, stop by the Korean Cultural Street or visit the Incheon Airport Oseongsan Observatory. The Korean Cultural Street is located within the airport and features a tile-roofed house and Mangyeongjeong Pavilion, with traditional crafts like pottery on display.
You’ll have to take a short bus ride to get to Oseongsan Observatory, but the view of the entire airport is worth it. Located 51.5 meters above sea level, you really grasp the fact that the airport is on an island, with the planes coming and going surrounded by the vast sea.
Incheon International Airport
Korean Cultural Street within Incheon International Airport
Incheon Airport Oseongsan Observatory
The next place the dancers visit is Ganghwa Anglican Church. Built in November of 1900, the church has remained unchanged since that time. It was the first church built in a traditional hanok style. While the interior features mostly Western elements, the exterior looks just like a building you would find at one of the royal palaces or even a Buddhist temple.
A great place to relax after exploring the church is Joyangbangjik. This café is located within a remodeled spinning factory, the oldest of its kind in the nation.
The café serve all kinds of coffee and non-coffee beverages, and is decorated both indoors and outdoors with antiques. You can even see the large concrete structures that were used for the weaving machines in the 1960s.
Additional attractions in the area of Ganghwa Anglican Church include Goryeo Palace Site and Yongheunggung House. The Goryeo Palace Site was used as a place of refuge when Mongolia invaded during the Goryeo period. Yongheunggung House was the home of King Cheoljong (r. 1849-1863) before he was king. The house was built in a similar design to Yeongyeongdang Hall and Nakseonjae Hall of Changdeokgung Palace.
“2 Days & 1 Night” members DinDin and Moon Se-yoon make a funny appearance behind the dancers at Incheon Art Platform. Opened in September 2009, Incheon Art Platform is a cultural space located in a reclaimed construction building from the modern port-opening period.
Incheon Art Platform offers exhibitions and performance programs focusing on artists. The entire complex is filled with unique sculptures.
Incheon Art Platform is located around Haean-dong in Jung-gu, home to many cultural heritage buildings built after the port opening in 1883, mostly all built in the 1930s and 40s. Thanks to this unique vibe, the area has featured as a filming site for many Korean dramas like “Descendants of the Sun (2016)” and “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016).”
Incheon Art Platform
Wolmido Island is a wonderful setting for the dancers’ energetic moves, with lots of rides and carnival attractions.
The island is home to many amusement parks and leisure facilities, including Wolmi Theme Park, MyLand, Wolmi Land, and Beach Land. The most popular rides at these parks are the Viking ships and Disco Pang-Pang rides.
You can easily see everything along the 600-meter-long Wolmi Culture Street by riding on the Wolmi Sea Train. This monorail also offers outstanding views of the sea. If you want to spend longer gazing out at the horizon, visit one of the cafés or hoe (sliced raw fish) restaurants along the street here.
There are plenty of Viking ship rides in the area, but the ride at MyLand is famous across the nation as being the scariest! The ship goes up to the height of a two-story building at a 110 degree angle. They say after you ride the Super Viking, all other Viking ship rides will lose their thrill.
Wolmi Theme Park & MyLand
Wolmi Sea Train
“2 Days & 1 Night” member Ravi gets his moment to shine at Songdo Central Park. The park stands in harmony with the surrounding skyscrapers, many with unique architecture, just like Tri-Bowl within the park. The lake within the park uses all salt water pulled in from the surrounding ocean. There are plenty of walking trails throughout the park to enjoy all it has to offer, from the hanok village to hotels, restaurants, and experience facilities.
One of the more unique activities you can enjoy at Songdo Central Park is getting on the water taxi, as it travels up and down the lake. A round-trip course takes about 25 minutes and covers 3.6 kilometers.
For another fun water activity, try renting a canoe or kayak with a transparent floor! When the sun sets, you can also get in a moon boat, which light up for a special experience.
* This column was last updated in April 2021, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.