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Cruises to Seoul (Incheon)

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About Cruising to Seoul (Incheon)

A 5,000-year-old culture blended with startling modernity makes South Korea's capital, Seoul, a fascinating place to visit. You'll find old-fashioned tea shops and centuries-old temples with ornate roofs sitting between skyscrapers and smart malls selling the latest electronic gadgets, while the rocky peaks of Bukhansan National Park form a scenic backdrop.

Tradition is important to Koreans and, even among hip young Seoulites, Confucian principles like respect for elders still hold sway. Visiting a Buddhist temple, sampling some fancy royal cuisine or tucking into a tabletop barbecue are simple ways you can get a taste of the local culture for yourself, even on a short visit. You might even choose to hang out with the friendly locals in the steam rooms and lounges of one of the popular bathhouses.

South Korea is a relatively new destination on the cruising scene. You'll dock at Incheon in its Northwest, which is about 90 minutes from the capital and handily also the location of the International Airport. This peninsula was the site of the pivotal U.N.-led Incheon landings in the Korean War. For those with an interest in modern history, there are other fascinating sites to visit, including the Demilitarized Zone just outside Seoul, which marks the divide between South Korea and its secretive northern neighbours.

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More about Seoul (Incheon)

Why Cruise to Seoul (Incheon)?

Pros:

It's a convenient port location for Incheon International Airport, and it offers clean, modern facilities

Cons:

The port is in Incheon, around 90 minutes from Seoul, with no sights in the immediate vicinity

Bottom Line:

It offers good transport connections to the sights of Seoul and the Demilitarized Zone to the north

Seoul (Incheon) Cruise Port Facilities?

Incheon is a fairly basic cruise port at present, more used to container shipping and ferries, with a new international passenger terminal scheduled for completion in 2014. The existing terminal does, however, include a caf?, Internet cafe, ATM and tourist information desk. There are also banks and Internet cafes at Incheon subway station, about 15 minutes away.

Good to Know?

Kimchi. This ubiquitous foodstuff makes an appearance at every meal and is considered so important that Korean astronauts were sent into space with a freeze-dried version. Chilli-spiced fermented vegetables (cabbage, most commonly) may sound unappetizing, but give it a go -- it's a refreshing side dish.

Getting Around?

By Bus: Buses making routes around Incheon include Nos. 3-1, 17-1, 23 and 24.

To get to Seoul, take an intra-city bus from Incheon inter-city bus terminal (Gwangyo-dong) into Seoul which takes around 90 minutes. You will need to change at Inha University Hospital Station to bus No.3-1. You'll probably find it easier, as a tourist, to take the subway; it's also more reliable, as Seoul traffic can be very slow at times.

By Subway: Seoul has an extensive underground system that is relatively easy to use. You can take a taxi or bus from the port to the Dong-Incheon subway station (Line 1), 10 to 15 minutes away. From there, it will take about an hour and 20 minutes to get to the Seoul city center. Look out for Express trains that don't stop at every station. The rechargeable T-money Card, available from subway ticket counters, can be used to pay for public transport and some Seoul taxis.

By Taxi: Taxis are plentiful and metered. It's best to have your destination address written in Korean.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

South Korea's currency is the Won (KRW). ATM's are widely available, but you will need to find one displaying symbols for global credit cards like Visa; subway stations are a good bet. More budget shops and restaurants may accept cash only.

Language?

Korean is the official language, but many young people learn English. Seoul locals are friendly and keen to help tourists, so if they can't direct you themselves they will often find you someone who can. It helps to have your destination written in Korean for taxi drivers.

Where You're Docked?

Incheon is set on a peninsula in South Korea's Northwest. It's a 90-minute drive from the capital, Seoul, over the grand Incheon Bridge.


Seoul (Incheon) Cruise Reviews
We toured Seoul on our own. Visited the DMZ and took a seperate tour of Seoul thru different local operators. Both were great to visit and exploreRead More
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Tony SA
Transportation into Seoul from Incheon can get confusing/ long. We took the cruise provided bus into downtown Incheon then the train into Seoul. Took about 1.5 hours total and very little English is spoken. Again, I Read More
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icsinger08
Not much to see here. There is a HOHO bus route that does not allow HOHO. If you get off you'll have to buy another ticket. Strange.Read More
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thankssocialsecurity
It was so easy to travel to Seoul from Incheon, we had a lovely day, visiting the palace and enjoyed the shopping. We also visited China town in Incheon. The curtesy bus enabled us to do this.Read More
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