Autumn Day Trip to a Utopian Future

You don’t need to travel very far to relax and explore the beauty of nature on an autumn day trip. If you live in Seoul, I suggest you visit Songdo this fall. The area has lots of halal, vegan, and vegetarian options if you would like to grab a bite to eat. Plus, all of the locations in this article are pet friendly.

Introduction to Songdo IBD

The places I will be introducing today are all located in Songdo International Business District (IBD) within Incheon. Before we set off on our autumn day trip, let’s learn a little more about this marvelous place.

According to Authentic Sources, Songdo International Business District (Songdo IBD) is a smart city or “ubiquitous city” & ” Private town ”. It was built from scratch reclaimed land from the sea along Incheon’s waterfront. Its location is 30 km (19 mi) from Seoul and connected to Incheon International Airport by a highway bridge. Along with Yeongjong and Cheongna, it is part of the Incheon Free Economic Zone.

The Songdo International Business District features some pretty impressive buildings There is the Northeast Asia Trade Tower, G-tower, and the Incheon Tower. Plus,homages to architectural hallmarks, including New York City’s Central Park and Venice’s waterways, can also be found. This 10-year development project costed in excess of $40 billion, making it one of the most expensive development projects ever undertaken.

With 106 buildings and 22 million square ft. of LEED-certified space, (the green building certification by the United States Green Building Council), Songdo IBD makes up about 40% of all LEED-certified space in South Korea. As of 2020, the population of Songdo exceeds 167,346 people [3].

Overall, it is the closest thing we can experience to a utopian city combining technology and nature. In a bright version of our planet’s future, there will be more cities like this.

To learn more about the future of smart cities, Click Here to read about the World Smart Cities Expo, where I was a speaker.

Itinerary for an Autumn Day Trip to Songdo

Songdo in Incheon is an engineering and city planning masterpiece. The district has been carved by humans to make it an attractive combination of technology and nature. If you are tired from long working hours and want to escape for a breezy autumn day I suggest three attractive places near Incheon, Songdo(송도)[1]. If you live in Seoul or western Gyeonggi, it is easy to access the following parks:

  1. Songdo Moonlight Festival Park
  2. Songdo Central park
  3. Sunrise Park Incheon

As marked above on the map, all three parks are within walking distance of each other and give a sense of harmony. As C. JoyBell [2] once said, “I have learned that you can go anywhere you want to go and do anything you want to do and buy all the things that you want to buy and meet all the people that you want to meet and learn all the things that you desire to learn and if you do all these things but are not madly in love: you have still not begun to live.” Therefore, if you live near nature, you will start loving it.

Songdo Moonlight Festival Park

송도달빛축제공원

If you live near Incheon or Suwon and still haven’t visited Songdo Moonlight Festival Park, you are missing out. Don’t worry you can still visit such a cool and calm place for an autumn day trip.

Come out of the city parking or subway station and you have to walk a little bit through the walkway of the Incheon expressway. But, without much trouble, you will find the Songdo Moonlight Festival park.

This is not only the park but sooo much more than that. It was once very famous for its night events in pre-Covid days. Now after relaxation in the restrictions, its glamor is resuming gradually.

However, it is just as good to visit during the daytime as at night, with and without family. There are many attractive places for kids, youngsters, and the elderly. The Songdo canal is unique as it has been constructed using water from the sea. The park becomes more attractive during autumn when there are many festivals and concerts carried out outdoors here.

Songdo Moonlight Festival Park

Its special lighting improves the night view and becomes the point of attraction as it gives the shade of moonlight even on the darkest nights. There are many restaurants for international tourists and also halal food restaurants. I am sure you will enjoy your day in Songdo Moonlight Park. Especially for foreigners, the place is really attractive and tourist-friendly.

Songdo Central Park

송도센트럴파크

Going Forward, you will find the big canal passing through Central park which gives its artistic view. This is definitely another place worth visiting.

Central Park on the theme of NYC central park

The skyscrapers add further beauty to the view and you are easily lost in the scene and forget all your worries.

The sunset view at Central park is awesome and seems like a view of paradise.  This park is fantastic with buildings like a piece of art.

As the first seawater park in the country, Songdo Central Park provides visitors with various water sports. There are water taxis, canoes, and more. The landmark of Songdo also provides culture and arts throughout the park.

Sunrise Park Incheon

해돋이공원

At only a 10 to 12-minute walk from the central park, there is a sunrise park. It is near to nature and contemporary to the previous two. Sunrise Park is a 7.7-mile (18,000-step) route located near Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea. This route has an elevation gain of about 219.8 ft and is rated medium.  

One best options for those looking for some exercise is to start at Sunrise Park in the morning. Then, have some fun and sunbathe at central park in the afternoon. After that, you can have a good lunch in the restaurants of your choice. After that, you can go to the Moonlight festival park and vice versa.

How to Get There

The area in this article is quite large, so I will not provide an exact address. However, if you take Incheon line 1, you can take any exit from Campus Town (캠퍼스타운역) to Songdo Moonlight Festival Park Station (송도달빛축제공원역) to access the area.

From Seoul Station, you can take the airport line to Gyeyang Station (계양역). Then transfer to Incheon line 1. In total, the journey takes around an hour and a half each way.

If you are in the area and want to try some authentic food from around the world, also be sure to stop at Ansan! Click Here to learn more about Korea’s most diverse neighborhood.

References:

[1] https://www.seoulsolution.kr/en/content/5811

[2] https://everydaypower.com/quotes-about-having-fun/

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songdo_International_Business_District