The opening of Incheon Port in 1883 led to the start of many foreigners moving into the area for settlement. Soon, it became a rich village and many young people gradually moved out, leaving the village in a state of stagnation. As such, a renovation project was brought about to improve the development of the village by remodeling the whole area in 2013. The neighborhood is given new life by reviving the houses with vibrant colors and fairy tale character decorations. The similar initiative was also implemented in Gamcheom Cultural Village, which attracts hordes of local and foreign tourists to Busan. Let’s find out what you can expect from this magical dreamland of classic fairy tales!
Getting to Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village is not as complicated as you think, rather it is super easy! First, take a subway to Incheon Station (Line 1 or Suin Line) and walk out from exit 2. Then, follow the navigation map (KakaoMap or Naver Map) and take a 10-minute walk to the fairy tale village.
- Operation Hours: Open everyday
- Address: 17, Songwol-dong 3(sam)-ga, Jung-gu, Incheon
Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village at a Glance
Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village is a revitalized area which is covered with street murals, statues and photo zones, all related to both western and Korean fairy tales. If you are a Disney fan, I am absolutely sure that you know most of the fairy tales here. Some classic fairy tales include Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland.
You know you’ve arrived at the Fairy Tale Village when you arrive at this vibrant rainbow-coloured arch gate. Welcome to the Songwol-dong Fairytale Village!
You cannot find a single alley or corner that is not covered in bright colors and adorable decorations. Every wall, post box, street pole and street bench has been decorated like a scene of a fairy tale.
This is me taking picture with the character from The Frog Prince!
Look at this enormous Pinocchio statue! I didn’t manage to take picture in front of this statue because too many people are queueing up.
A mural of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with her castle by the roadside.
Getting swallowed by a swarm of colorful fishes!
Located in Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village, Café Oz is a One Piece themed café and it is well-known for its unique Jjajang bingsu 짜장빙수 – red bean shaved ice that is served like jjajangmyeon (black bean noodles). Moreover, the café also sells many One Piece goods like character figurines, puzzles and keychains.
The Jjajang bingsu is served with fresh fruits, mochis, vanilla ice-cream, jellies and fruit jams (placed inside syringes). It costs 14900 won for the whole plate! If you come here alone, you can try out the ‘drug ice-cream’ 마약 아이스크림 which is just nice for one-person portion.
Many K-variety shows like Running Man, MBC Live Tonight and Today had visited this café and tried its famous jjajang bingsu. Also, this café is featured in many news program like KBS 8 Morning News Time and Munhwa Il-bo.
- Operation Hours: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays / 10:30 am to 9:00 pm on weekends
- Address: 50-5 Jayugongwonseo-ro 45beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
Admit it – no matter how old we get, everyone is still a kid at heart. We recall fondly those days when we watched countless Disney films and listened eagerly to our parents when they recite us our bedtime stories. We feel a pang of nostalgia whenever we hear the familiar strains of theme songs, and secretly smile when we see little kids prancing around in princess costumes. If you miss old Disney shows and fairy tales, make sure you drop by at Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village! Other than that, you can also check out some nearby attractions like Chinatown, Incheon Art Platform and Wolmido Theme Park.