Incheon to build a “touristbelt” and designate hot spots to enjoy the city’s nightscape in Songdo,Wolmido, and the Open Port district
Incheon has announced itsplans to build a “tourist belt” with content specifically designed to takeadvantage of the nightscape around key tourist attractions in SongdoInternational City, Wolmido, and the Open Port district. The new tourist beltwill feature ten destinations that are the perfect place to enjoy Incheon’sshimmering lights in the evening.
The metropolitan citygovernment will invest a total of KRW 5.6 billion in national and municipalfunds to finish the nighttime tourist belt project by 2025.
▲ Map of Incheon’s nighttimetourist belt project
In September, the city wasselected as Korea's first “City of Light” at the inaugural “Nighttime TourismSpecialized City Contest” hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourismand the Korea Tourism Organization this year.
Inspired by its slogan, “AllNights Incheon,” the project will create a wide variety of content visitors canenjoy in the evening, and promote scenic spots across Incheon, which was thefirst port city in Korea to open its doors to foreigners in the 19th century.More than 100 years later, Incheon hopes to serve as a gateway into Korea inthe post-COVID-19 era going forward.
▲ Slogan for Incheon’snighttime tourist belt project
The tourist belt project has atwo-pronged approach. The first will feature Songdo International City (ArtCenter Incheon, G Tower, Tri Bowl, Central Park, Songdo Convensia, TripleStreet), whereas the second will include the Wolmido and Open Port district(Wolmido, Incheon Inner Port/Sangsang Platform, Chinatown, Open Port, FreedomPark). Other hot spots during evening hours across the city, such as SubongPark and Sorae Port, will also serve as important parts of the tourist beltproject.
More specifically, the projectwill be divided into four categories: nighttime tourism content, nightscape hotspots, nighttime tourism infrastructure, and collaboration with similarprojects.
Nighttime tourism content is expected to include permanent content such as specializedprograms (nighttime performances, night markets, immersive nighttime programs,etc.) and romantic sunset tour programs (sunset and nightscape bus, leisurecruise), and non-permanent content such as a signature light festival and mediaart fair.
▲ Overview of Incheon OpenPort Culture Night
▲ Nightscape of SongdoCentral Park
As for the nightscape hotspots, Incheon will select the top 10 destinations, including nighttimelandmarks and attractions, that offer great access to Incheon’s beautifulnightscape. Also, in order to improve the infrastructure for nighttime tours,Incheon will focus on stimulating the local economy, offering customized travelinformation, improving transportation and mobility options, and marketingnighttime tourism within the city. Not only that, the metropolitan governmentplans to collaborate with other relevant programs such as the smart tourismcity program, culture night program, and music festivals.
The tourist belt project willget under way in earnest from November and run through 2025. Once the projectends, the metropolitan city government plans to continue promoting Incheon’stourist belt with its own programs independently without outside support until2030. Meanwhile, in December, Incheon will host a ceremony to declare Incheonas a “Nighttime Tourism Specialized City” at Songdo International City andcelebrate Incheon’s victory in the Nighttime Tourism Specialized City Contest.