I've been wanting to visit Chinatown in Incheon for awhile now. But I always thought it was so far away, because it is. From where I live, Dongtan, it is about 2 hours away which is why I never wanted to go. But I decided I would do it because I haven't been doing much travelling lately. I got to Chinatown kind of late because I got a little confused as to how to get there. My google maps said one station and other websites said another station. But anyways I finally got there and was a little surprised at how small it was. Chinatown is right at your feet when you step out from Incheon station, so it is very convenient to visit.
As you walk in through the gates you see so much red and Hanji (Chinese script) everywhere. I actually felt like I was in China. Other Chinatown's I have visited in North America have never felt as authentic as this one did. There are three gates (Paeru) in Chinatown; Junghwamun, Inhwamun, and Seollinmun. I only saw two out of the three.
I walked down a street where cars were parked and it had images on the walls. It looked like it could maybe be images of different rituals or important events.
I kept walking down the street and ran into this beautiful gate. It was so colourful and looked like something I would see in China.
On the other side of the gate there were some stone statues of animals. Not sure about the significance here because I couldn't find any information about it. But, I think it has to do with Chinese zodiac because there were 12 of these statues of different animals.
This is a view from the top of the steps where the third paeru is.
My selfie of course.
Going down the stairs there was an area with benches and a restaurant. I thought the tiling was interesting.
I took this picture when I got closer to the main street.
This area was so busy, there people and cars everywhere! Plus it was super humid.
I didn't have a plan of what I was actually going to do, so I kind of just walked around awkwardly. I went down this street which is called Jjajangmyeong street. This is the street where you can find the famous dish, Jjajangmyeong, noodles with black bean sauce. It's so famous they have a street named after it! But I didn't try it because I've had it before.
I randomly stumbled across this Chinese garden. I think they could have done a lot more with it. There is supposed to be a little pond but there was no water in it. I really came here to rest for a little bit and take some pictures. I love all these types of gardens, they're so peaceful.
As I kept walking I came across these steps. It's actually called Qing Chinese & Japanese Concession District- Boundary Stairs. The left side of the stairs was the Qing territory and the right side was Japanese. The pillars going up the steps show the different styles of the Chinese and Japanese. Also, at the top of the stairs there is a statue of Confucius. But it was a little too hot for me to climb those stairs.
I passed by Jjajangmyeong street again! The building are really old style Chinese buildings. People actually live on top of the restaurants.
I walked back up to the main street and decided to go the opposite way of where I went before and saw this restaurant. I love these kind of old style buildings and the colours! I wish they had more like this here.
Towards the end of the street there was this Chinatown Gate where it ends. So I turned back for one last walk through.
I saw these statues earlier and thought they were so cheesy. People were taking pictures with them for some reason, but on the left is the famous Jjajangmyeong.
I never took a picture of all the red buildings which were restaurants. There are so many and also so many people waiting in line. I was really excited to come here so I could have some Chinese food but then I saw the line ups and I wasn't about to wait in line when it was about 35 degrees celsius outside.
After taking some pictures I made my way back to the subway. While waiting for the light to change I noticed the detail in the first Paeru. It was quite intricate.
I definitely wish I had spent more time here because there was so much I missed out on. I probably won't go back because there is so many other things I want to do. But it is a nice break from hanging out in Seoul all the time.
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