Bakrungdo © Korean National Tourist Office
Hop a bus and visit Incheon, a major Korean port city on the West Sea, about an hour from Seoul, where the surrounding irregular coastline and mountainous inland terrain provide a popular outdoor playground. Incheon is home to an international airport, but this does not stop it from being a charming little city, surrounded by rice fields, and the source of the renowned Incheon flavoursome rice. Since the days of the Joseon Dynasty the city has also been famed for its therapeutic hot springs, and the downtown hotels all operate public bath facilities and swimming pools where visitors can bathe in the spa waters, claimed to benefit skin ailments, eye problems, neuralgia and gynaecological diseases. This is also the place to buy ceramics. In the Incheon Ceramics Village there are hundreds of studios and shops with traditional wood-fired kilns producing traditional porcelain.
Transport: Buses depart for Incheon from Dongseoul Express Bus Terminal and from Gangnam Express Bus Terminal.