Life in Seoul #4: Incheon Runaway

Incheon Asiad Main Stadium
Incheon Asiad Main Stadium

So, as I told you before, I got a free ticket to watch athletics on Incheon Asian Games 2014 (yeay! Alhamdulillah!). Since going to Incheon from Seoul needs some effort, and the game would start at 6:30 pm, I tried to find some other stuff to do before the game.

I stumbled upon a website which said that the Airport Railway would go to a temporary station called Yongyu Station, which is one station further from Incheon Airport (which means it’s so close to the sea). This is rather unique because it actually doesn’t look like a station at all. Stepping out of the train, we just had to go a little bit downstairs and there we are in the “outside world”. Even the card-tapping machine is located outdoors!

Yongyu Station
Yongyu Station

Not knowing where exactly to go, we just followed some old lady assuming that they would go to the best spot nearby. We ended up walking for around 1 km and reached a wharf. Apparently, we could took a ferry to cross the sea and reach Muuido Island, an island with beautiful beaches. The lady at the tourist information center just right across the wharf was nice enough to suggest what to do to us, in English. Unfortunately we couldn’t seem to go because of hour time limit.

On the way to the wharf (1)
On the way to the wharf (1)
On the way to the wharf (2)
On the way to the wharf (2)

Knowing that there was almost nothing to see nearby, and that the train back to Geomam (where the stadium at) was only coming once in an hour, we decided to head back. Before going to Geomam station, we stopped by at Unseo¬†station so that my friend could check in to the hostel she was planning to stay at. Go here if you want to check the hostel out. I only saw a glimpse of it, but it looked clean and nice. Plus, it’s only about 5 minutes away from Unseo station.

According to the hostel owner, there’s a park with sea view in a walking distance. We tried walking there, but we didn’t seem to reach the park mentioned by the owner. It was okay, though, because we got to see local neighborhood which somehow looked European.

The neighborhood
The neighborhood

After eating Japanese udon for (very late) lunch, we headed straight to the train station. Alhamdulillah we could reach Geomam station before 6 pm, which means we could still take the free shuttle bus provided by Asian Games committee departing every 30 minutes. We found many foreigners on the bus–they probably won the free tickets just like I did LOL.

The stadium itself was pretty crowded with Korean small families. They brought their cute children to cheer for Korean athletes. Since I found no Indonesians in the list of finalists, I just cheered for random athletes LOL. Oh, and since it was an athletic game, we could see many different branches simultaneously.

Inside the stadium
Inside the stadium

I was never a fan of athletics, but it felt really great to see how the athletes compete. I even almost cried every time the medal-giving ceremony took place.

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