Discover Korea #5: Incheon (THE EAST Campaign in Association with Korea Tourism Organization)

A gateway to Northeast Asia with both international port and international airport in its hand, Incheon is located in the mid-west Korea peninsula abutting the Yellow Sea.
The Michuhol region became a district of Goguryeo Kingdom under the reign of King Jangsu (475).
The district was referred to as Maesohol-hyeon, until it was renamed Soseong-hyeon after the unification of the three kingdoms, under the rule of King Gyeongdeok.
At the time of King Sukjong (1095-1105) of the Goryeo Dynasty, this area, which was the place of origin of the king’s maternal family, was granted a higher administrative status, and renamed Gyeongwon-gun.
Subsequently, under the reign of King Injong (1122-1146), the place was again moved up the hierarchy of administrative division system, this time in honor of the Lee clan of Gyeongwon (Inju), the king’s mother’s family, and renamed Inju.
Following the rebellion of Lee Ja-gyeom, the clan was severely weakened. In the 2nd year of King Gongyang (1390), Inju was discarded in favour of its earlier name, Gyeongwon-bu.
The region had a close tie to Goryeo’s royal house over seven successive reigns, garnering the nickname ‘Childaeeohyang’ (meaning literally ‘seven-generation royal homestead’).
With the founding of the Joseon Dynasty, Incheon was assigned a lesser status, with its name changed back to Inju.
Its present name, Incheon, was given in the 13th year of King Taejong (October 15, 1413), when the suffix ‘ju’ was replaced by ‘cheon’ or ‘san’ for administrative units lesser than dohobu.
This day is today commemorated in Incheon as Citizens’ Day.Sea, Sunset, Cruise, Clean Sushi Restaurants, and Scenic Cafes With youth and romance, Wolmido is one of the most famous tourist spots near the Metropolitan area.
On the right is the wide sea, and on the left are the beautiful, exotic cafes.
As you walks along the 1km-long Wolmido Street of Culture, everyone becomes free and romantic.
As you meet street performers, amateur portrait painters, and couples whispering love to each other, you will see all the free sprit and romance of the world here.
In fact, watching the sunset over the ocean from the benches along the street is a great date in and of itself.
Soraepogu grew, as the largest salt field in the nation was developed there in the 1930’s, and as the Suwon-Incheon Railway, the only narrow gauge one in Korea, was opened there.
There you are still greeted by the thick smell of sea and fish, fishery markets, and fishing boats.

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