Catching the first rays at Incheon

Catching the first rays at Incheon
CHASING LIGHT: Photographers and visitors watching the sunrise along the water's edge at Geojam Port in Incheon, South Korea.

INCHEON, South Korea - Looking for the perfect spot to watch the sunset and sunrise that is not too far from Seoul?

Situated on the west coast, the city of Incheon has eight top places to catch the sunset and sunrise.

The Incheon Development and Tourism Corporation suggests four great places for sunsets: Jeongseojin, Mount Seoksan in Songdo, Sunset Village in Janghwa-ri, Ganghwa, and Wangsan Beach.

Located at the starting point of the Gyeongin Ara waterway, Jeongseojin is known for its beautiful sunset, which inspired a local story about a young scholar who falls in love with the daughter of a guesthouse owner in the town, while on his way to Seoul to take a civil servant employment exam.

Famous as a shoot location for the hit drama My Love From The Star, Mount Seoksan has become a popular tourist spot.

The Sunset Village in Janghwa-ri, Ganghwa, is also a popular tourist site valued for its historical importance and the pristine natural environment. The village is surrounded by the Ganghwa mudflat, one of the five best mudflats on the west coast.

Four ideal sunrise spots are Geojam Port, Mount Manisan, Donggeomdo Island and the lighthouse on Palmido Island.

The sunrise train between Seoul Station and Yongyu Temporary Station offers easy access to Geojam Port, which is 100m from Yongyu Temporary Station.

The Korea Railroad Corporation provides hot tea and heating pads to visitors aboard the sunrise train.

Mount Manisan is one of the most popular places to watch the sunrise in South Korea. The historic mountain is known as the place where Dangun, the legendary founder of Korea, offered sacrifices to heaven.

For those not keen on hiking up the 470m-high Mount Manisan, Donggeomdo Island is the right spot. The small island, connected by a bridge from Ganghwado Island, has a popular reed field and restaurants that serve local delicacies, such as roast eel and pork rib soup marinated with salted shrimp.

The white lighthouse on Palmido Island offers a breathtaking view of the sunrise as it is located at the entrance of the ship route to Incheon port.

Registered as the first modern lighthouse built in 1903, the site preserves the old structure and untouched natural surroundings. There are regular ferries to the island from Incheon Ferry Terminal.

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