When it comes to eco travel, you think you have to get out of the city center and go far, but just using the subway is enough. Here are tourist destinations where you can see and feel the creatures living in the natural environment, from creatures that can be easily seen around to rare creatures.
National Institute of Biological Resources
It is a place where you can meet animals and plants on the Korean Peninsula in one place. Various creatures living in the sky, sea, and ground were vividly displayed. That's why it's great to watch with your children. There are a total of four exhibition rooms, and among them is Gotjawal Eco Center, an indoor greenhouse made of warm temperate plants like Gotjawal, a unique forest only in Jeju Island, and Exhibition Room 2, which realistically displays biological specimens living in forests and caves, rivers, tidal flats, and the ocean, are popular. There are also outdoor theme gardens such as grass yards, ecological ponds, maze gardens, and wildflower complexes, making it a good place to go out on sunny days.
42, Hwangyeong-ro, Seo-gu, Incheon
It takes 3 minutes on foot from Geomam Station → 10 minutes on bus No. 526 → 6 minutes on foot.
09:30~17:30, It is closed on Mondays, January 1st, New Year's Day, and Chuseok.
Free (Reservations are necessary)
Incheon Grand Park
It is a representative recreational park in Incheon where you can enjoy nature. It is also popular as an ecological education place as it has an arboretum, a wetland, a forest school, and a wood cultural experience center. There is also a children's zoo where you can see 39 kinds of animals and a space where pets can play. It is large and has a good road, so it is better to look around using a bicycle, and it is also attractive to take a leisurely walk and feel nature while enjoying the trees, flowers, and grasses that change color from season to season. There is also a camping site, so you can enjoy a night in the forest. It is not easy to park on weekends because 4.4 million people visit each year, so it is recommended to use public transportation.
- Address 79, Jangsu-dong, Namdong-gu, Incheon
- Directions It takes 4 minutes on foot from Incheon Grand Park Station.
- Tel. No. +82-32-466-7282
- Opening Hours 05:00–23:00 (March–October), 05:00–22:00 (November–February)
- Fees Free of charge
- Web Page www.incheon.go.kr/park/park010201
Sorae Swamp Eco Park
The park opened in 1999, centering on the abandoned salt pond where salt was made until 1996. In the Eco Exhibition Hall, made by remodeling salt warehouses, you can learn and observe the ecology of wetlands and mudflats, and the salt pond learning center that restored the abandoned salt pond directly produces salt, so you can observe the process of making salt. There is also a tidal flat experience center and a seawater foot bath center where you can experience foot baths with lukewarm water by pulling up seawater from 150m underground. It is famous as a photo zone because the trail is well organized with wooden decks and exotic windmills and evening sunsets harmonize well together.
- Address77, Sorae-ro 154beon-gil, Namdong-gu, Incheon
- DirectionsIt takes 6 minutes on foot from Namdong-gu Office Station → 22 minutes on bus No. 103-1 → 9 minutes on foot.
- Tel. No. +82-32-435-7076
- Opening Hours 04:00~23:00, Inner trail 09:30–17:30, Ecological Exhibition Hall 10:00–18:00, It is closed on the day after Monday and holiday (the next day if Monday is a public holiday), January 1, New Year's Day, and Chuseok.
- Fees Free of charge
- Web Page www.incheon.go.kr/park/park010301