<!---South Korea's third largest metropolis and largest seaport on the west coast, Incheon is a bustling and cosmopolitan city, home to over 2.5 million people. In the last century, the city has been transformed into a global business hub centered around the high-tech and futuristic Songdo International City. More than 100 islands, including uninhabited ones, are located around this city where modern architecture and exotic 19-century Chinese-style buildings blend and mix, creating a unique urban atmosphere.
A beautiful waterfront along the coast offers amusement rides, sushi shops, stores and ferries, as well as the ideal location to live out an unforgettable experience during the third annual Global Model United Nations Conference.
Incheon’s mixture of old and new architecture, nature and technology, makes it the perfect location to explore and experience this year’s conference theme, “Sustainable Development: Achieving human progress in harmony with nature”. Incheon is renowned for operationalizing green growth and setting international standards for sustainable urban development. In May 2010, the 66th Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) was convened there and adopted the Incheon Declaration. The Declaration seeks to create a more sustainable development path by calling for countries to strengthen and adopt green growth strategies in response to the global economic crisis and urging governments to use incentives to encourage the private sector to pursue environmentally friendly practices.
Located 28km west of Seoul, Incheon is the largest seaport on the west coast. The city borders North Korea, and is home to the country's largest airport, which makes it Korea’s most important transport hub. In modern times, the city has become increasingly important because its location on an estuary made it a good harbor and set the foundation for the city’s future development. Incheon has its own metropolitan government which includes other West Sea islands such as Ganghwado, Yeongjong and Baengnyeong Islands.
Incheon lies in the border region between a humid subtropical and humid continental climate, so its weather is about average compared to the rest of Korea. The city experiences all four seasons, distinctly feeling the rise and fall of temperature and humidity. However, the weather is usually mild. Summer is affected by gusts of warm southwesterly winds keeping the temperature between 22 to 29 °C (71.6 to 84.2 °F). From July to mid August, it is the rainy season. During this season, carrying an umbrella and a raincoat would be a good idea.
Incheon takes the lead in the Free Economic Zone which consists of the three regions of Songdo, Cheongna, and the island of Yeongjong. The goal is to transform these three areas into hubs for international business, leisure, and tourism for the Northeast Asian region. The zone, the first to be established in Korea in 2003, is a specially designated area to create the most favorable business and living environment where foreign nationals can live and invest freely and conveniently, as well as to be a self-contained living and business district.
Activities not to missed
Songdo International City
This area is a planned international CBD (central business district) currently under construction on 1,500 acres of reclaimed land along Incheon's waterfront. It is connected to Incheon International Airport by Incheon Grand Bridge and Yeongjong Bridge. The venue for GMUN 2011, Songdo ConvensiA, is the convention centre situated in the heart of Songdo City. Nearest attractions are Central Park, Northeast Asia Trade Tower, Compact Smart City (exhibition facility) and the Venice-like Waterways.
Jayu “Freedom” Park, Wolmido, Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall
For those interested in the spots related to the Battle of Incheon during the Korean War, Jayu “Freedom” Park is the place to go. The park is festooned with cherry blossoms every April when a festival is held, and is a good place to walk and rest. Wolmido, located in Green Beach has been turned into a local tourist attraction with a boardwalk, an amusement park and many raw fish restaurants.The Incheon Landing Operation Memorial Hall contains a small museum where weapons and artifacts from the war are displayed.
It is Korea's only official Chinatown, located near Jayu Park, and promises a good time walking through its streets and eating in its wonderful restaurants. The Korea-China Cultural Centre i s also a good option which offers a variety of performances, special exhibitions on contemporary and traditional Chinese arts, as well as displays highlighting the history of Chinese immigrants in the country.
Bupyeong Station is where the Seoul subway Line 1 and Incheon subway line intersect. There is a large underground shopping centre mostly selling trendy women's clothing and cell phones. Above ground, there are many restaurants, additional shops, and a Lotte Mart.
The Incheon Culture & Arts Centre refers to a performance venue but also to a subway station and area. Within this district in Guwol-dong is Rodeo Street where there is a busy central square packed with restaurants and department stores.
Incheon is a particularly good place for epicureans. From the sea and the land, the city offers a variety of cuisine, with some dishes originating in China. For noodle lovers, Incheon Chinatown is the first place to visit, as it is where Ja-jang-myeon was first invented by Chinese immigrants.
If you love Maemg-myeon or cold noodles, Hwapyeong-dong is another good place to try. A reasonably-priced cold noodle dish served in a water basin-sized bowl makes diners shout with joy.
Dak-gang-jeong is a fried chicken piece coated with Korean sweet and spicy sauce. Sinpo Market in Jung-gu ward is always flooded with Dak-gang-jeong maniacs.
If you want to try a more typical meal, it would include rice, some type of soup, sometimes a main dish of meat or pork or poultry, and various side dishes. Kimchi, the most common group of side dishes, includes various vegetables, fermented with spices. Also, Korea produces several types of grain alcohol, most notably soju.--->