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Time Travel Trip in Incheon Eating Jajangmyeon

  • RegionIncheon
  • Duration1 DAY
Time Travel Trip in Incheon Eating Jajangmyeon

OVERVIEW

Streets filled with the savory smell of jajangmyeon (noodles in black bean sauce) and buildings with the history of Incheon during the port opening period stand side by side. It is the scenery of Chinatown, the birthplace of Korean-style jajangmyeon, and the open port, a treasure trove of modern history and culture. Along the hill overlooking the coast of Incheon, a street with old stories spreads out like a net. When you travel here, you will feel as if you have traveled back in time to the end of the 19th century, when Western culture had just flowed in and created an exotic atmosphere. This will be a delicious and fun Incheon trip that can be explored all in one day! There's no reason not to leave right now.

Day 1

  • 111:30 AMChinatown Bukseong-dong Jajangmyeon Street

    21:00 PMChinatown Jajangmyeon Museum

    32:00 PMCafé Pot-r

    43:00 PMDaebul Hotel

  • 54:00 PMIncheon Art Platform

    65:00 PMIncheon Open Port Modern Architecture Exhibition Hall

11:30 AM, Chinatown Bukseong-dong Jajangmyeon Street


As soon as you get off at Incheon Station, look across the street and you will see the traditional Chinese red gate that marks the beginning of Chinatown. Enter the gate and you will see a little China in Korea. There are more than 30 jajangmyeon restaurants in Bukseong-dong Jajangmyeon Street inside Chinatown. Since it is the birthplace of Korean-style jajangmyeon, the street has the word wonjo (original) in its name.

The origin of Korean-style jajangmyeon dates back to the opening of Incheon Port in 1883. Chinese-style jajangmyeon was introduced with the arrival of the Chinese immigrants, but it has since changed to Korean-style jajangmyeon, which is eaten with plenty of vegetables and diluted sauce. On weekends, Jajangmyeon Street is crowded with people. Famous restaurants are so popular that you have to wait in line to eat. Jajangmyeon is loved by people of all ages for its balance of sweet and sour sauce and soft noodles. In Chinatown, you can taste a variety of jajangmyeon, from 100-year-old jajangmyeon to spicy jajangmyeon and white jajangmyeon.

    • Chinatown
    • Address: Area of Chinatown-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 중구 차이나타운로 일대)
    • Operating hours: Bukseong-dong Jajangmyeon Street is open 24 hr
      * Open all year round) / Restaurant hours may vary
    • Fee: Bukseong-dong Jajangmyeon Street is free / Menu prices vary by restaurant
    • Website: www.icjg.go.kr(Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

1:00 PM, Chinatown Jajangmyeon Museum


This unique museum is the perfect next stop after taking a look around Bukseong-dong Jajangmyeon Street. Jajangmyeon Museum is located in the building of Gonghwachun, an old Chinese restaurant that opened in 1911. Gonghwachun has been loved by people for decades, but it closed in 1983 and became the Jajangmyeon Museum. The two-story building with bricks, wooden doors, and old signboards show its many years of history. Upon entering, you will find six exhibition rooms. The creation of jajangmyeon, the interior of Gonghwachun in the 1930s, and the heyday of jajangmyeon are decorated with cute themes. The exhibition room is like a movie set and has been recreated as it was in the past. The museum is not too large, so it is good to stop by and take a look around.

    • Jajangmyeon Museum
    • Address: 56-14, Chinatown-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 중구 차이나타운로 56-14)
    • Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
      * Closed on Mondays, January 1, Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays
    • Admission: Adults 1,000 won / Teenagers 700 won
      * Free admission for children ages 12 and younger
    • Website: www.icjgss.or.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

2:00 PM, Café Pot-r


The open port is separated from Chinatown with several alleys in between. The scenery of the open port, where modern buildings built during the Japanese colonial period remain, is quite different from Chinatown. The first place to visit is Café Pot-r. The antique wooden building is impressive and many people visit it out of curiosity. You can see the characteristics of 19th century Japanese architecture built as a store and house, such as a Japanese-style tile roof, a staircase and entrance roof in the front of the building, a narrow passageway inside, and a tatami room.

Originally, Café Pot-r's building was the office of a cargo handling company operated by the Japanese during the port opening period. After restoration work in 2012, it was reborn as a café. Although the building is designed in Japanese-style, the café serves Korean food. Their signature menu is red bean bingsu (shaved ice with red beans), a traditional Korean snack. Red bean bingsu is a refreshing and sweet dessert eaten with boiled red beans and chewy injeolmi (bean-powder-covered rice cake) on finely ground ice. If you ate oily Chinese food for lunch, this is the perfect dessert to neutralize the greasy feeling. The red bean bingsu here uses 100% Korean-grown red beans that are boiled and prepared in-house, so the red bean grains are not crushed.

    • Café Pot-r
    • Address: 96-2, Sinpo-ro 27beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 중구 신포로27번길 96-2)
    • Operating hours: 10:30-21:00 (Closed on Mondays)
    • Signature Menu: Patbingsu (shaved ice with red beans) 8,500 won, danpat juk (sweet red bean porridge) 8,500 won
    • Website: www.pot-r.com(Korean only)

3:00 PM, Daebul Hotel


Daebul Hotel is a landmark of the open port. The three-story brick building with a nice white terrace looks great even at first glance. Daebul Hotel was the first Western-style hotel in Korea to open in 1888, and foreigners who came to Incheon at the beginning of the open port wanted to stay here. The original building was demolished 90 years after it was built in 1978, and the current building was restored in 2018. Currently, it has been renovated and operates as the Jung-gu Living History Exhibition Hall.

Daebul Hotel consists of two exhibition halls. Building 1 exhibits the history of Daebul Hotel, and the rooms and table settings are reproduced as they were in the past, giving off an old-fashioned atmosphere. In particular, the first floor of Building 1 has a partial glass flooring, so you can see the actual traces of the old Daebul Hotel building below. Hall 2 is decorated so that you can observe and experience the lifestyle in Jung-gu, Incheon in the 1960s and 1970s. The barbershop, coffee shop, and theater are true to that period and you will feel as if you are traveling through time.

    • Daebul Hotel
    • Address: 101, Sinpo-ro 23beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 중구 신포로23번길 101)
    • Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
      * Closed on Mondays
    • Admission: Adults 1,000 won / Teenagers 700 won
      - Teenagers: ages 13-18
      - Free admission for children ages 12 and younger
    • Website: www.icjg.go.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

4:00 PM, Incheon Art Platform


Buildings built during the port opening period and the Japanese colonial period face each other with an outdoor plaza in between. A total of 13 buildings include workshops, archives, creative studios, exhibition halls, and performance halls. Incheon Art Platform is a complex culture and art space created for local artists and writers. Diverse experience programs are held frequently, such as visits to artists' studios, creative projects with artists, and conversations with artists.

Incheon Art Platform is a popular destination as you can experience culture and art while appreciating modern architecture at the same time. It is also famous as a filming location for the popular K-drama “Goblin: The Lonely and Great God (2016).” There are also many photo zones where you can find beautiful pictures such as installation works resembling tree spirits, cute snails made of bolts of various shapes, and animated characters drawn on sidewalk blocks. It is located across an alley from Daebul Hotel, so it is good to visit together.

    • Incheon Art Platform
    • Address: 3, Jemullyang-ro 218beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 중구 제물량로218번길 3)
    • Operating hours: Varies by exhibition
      * Closed days may vary
    • Admission: Free
    • Website: www.inartplatform.kr (Korean only)

5:00 PM, Incheon Open Port Modern Architecture Exhibition Hall


The Modern Architecture Exhibition Center is the perfect destination for your Incheon time travel tour. The place offers an opportunity to wrap up your trip by looking at the exhibits that show mini replicas of the Incheon Open Port areas that you have visited so far. The building of the Modern Architecture Exhibition Hall built in the 1890s was the former Incheon Japan 18th Bank Branch, a bank established by Japan to control Korea’s financial affairs. It was once used as a café, but now it has been reborn as a wonderful exhibition hall where you can study Incheon history and modern architecture during the port opening period.

There are a total of four exhibition halls inside, and the main exhibits are a model made of major modern buildings in the port, and a diorama depicting the appearance of Jung-gu, Incheon during the port opening period. Particularly interesting are the exhibits that reproduce the Dapdong Cathedral in Incheon, Johnston Villa, a European-style stone building, and diplomatic offices of each country.

    • Modern Architecture Exhibition Hall
    • Address: 77, Sinpo-ro 23beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 중구 신포로23번길 77)
    • Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
      * Closed on Mondays, January 1, Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays)
    • Admission: Adults 500 won / Teenagers 300 won
      * Free admission for children ages 12 and younger
    • Website: www.icjgss.or.kr/architecture (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
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This page was last updated in May 2022, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.
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