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There are many historical sites in Incheon and Seoul. It is far more of a tourist destination than it advertises itself as. The windmill restaurant in Incheon (very close to the hotel) offers excellent service and very good food at good prices. The Galbi restaurants in Seoul are really worth a visit and the The Korean War museum had us returning 3 times!
We took the KTX high speed train back and forth from Seoul and Busan. It is a very nice way to travel, especially if you want to see the countryside. It is important to know that the trains can sell out, especially on Friday night. However, just as importantly, the tickets can be sold back and the "sold out" status changes moment by moment. The traveller''s information people -- while very polite -- did not really explain this to us. So, when we discovered how to read the board we had to do it on our own. The first time I tried it I only had a minute and didn''t quite make the train. Then I had to pay 30% to get the rest of the cost of the ticket back. (I could have argued, I suppose, but the language barrier was too great to overcome at that point.) The second time I had an entire 5 minutes, ran to the train and got on just before it left. Unfortunately, I didn''t realize how the seating worked -- they are assigned -- so I ended up getting on at least half the train length away from my car. I eventually made it, however. The staff was very polite and suggested that rather than dragging my suitcase all the way to my car that I store my suitcase in a closer car. I wouldn''t even have considered it if I was in a different country, but South Korea is very nice that way.
If you want to see Seoul and experience the Korean culture in one day; you may want to check out the Modern Seoul Tour and the Korea House Dinner and Show sponsored by Grace Travels. It was a great experience!
A must is to contact the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization, www.visit2005.com or ICN arrival between door 1 & 2. Ask them if it is possible for you to hire a guide after your tours (It would be money well spent). DMZ, Palace, Seoul Tower (Namsan Park) and shopping were great (with shopping it is great to have a translator & go to non tourist areas-better deals) Ask the hotel desk to direct you to the beach. It was cold but GREAT. Found a black pearl which will bring luck to the restaurant operators and my best friend. 3 nites, 2 days is not enough time. Can''t wait to return. Buses, note their schedule, and taxis are abundant.
While at this hotel we dined at a duck restaurant across the street and to the right of the hotel. Look for the picture of a duck on the sign. It was the best smoked duck we have ever tasted. It''s a little more pricey but well worth the taste experience.
Choice for car rentals is limited to Avis and Hertz. Be sure to have your International Driver''s License in Korea! You won''t get a car in this country without it.
I''ve visited the whole City of Incheon and City tour doesn''t cost much. I recommend that Korean Restaurant just accross their Hotel, just ask the front desk officer about it (great taste of food specially the beef thing). I had a great time travelling from Incheon to the Downtown of Seoul Korea, it took only 45 min to get there and very reasonable City Tour Price and a very nice Palaces I''ve visited.
I did not have a great deal of time to explore Seoul itself, but Seoul Incheon Airport is tremendous and puts UK airports to shame.