[WOW Korea] Incheon Asian Games 2014

I’m very very excited about this post for a couple of reasons.

1) The main reason for this post is because I’ve been accepted as a WOW Korea Supporter by Korean Tourism Organization, a group of student supporters recruited to promote tourism in Korea! I am honestly very thankful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to more activities to come πŸ˜€

2) There will be weekly missions assigned, and personally I think this is very good for the blog because it will force me to update! And all of you guys will be able to get more information about life in Korea, travelling in Korea, etc πŸ˜€

3) It can also give all of you an idea of what are some organizations and activities you might be able to join in Korea! It may give you a glimpse of your future student life in Korea (:

4) Songdo is practically like my Korean hometown, and I can’t wait for the Incheon Games to begin!! I am really happy that I can share about the Games and more about Incheon with everyone~~

So on to the main topic!

 

Incheon Asian Games 2014

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Credit: incheon2014ag.org

The 17th Incheon Asian Games will take place from September 19th to October 4th this year, with 36 sports being played and 13,000 participants from 45 member states.

Personally, what I find the most interesting about the Asian Games is the fact that they always try to include sports that are more commonly played in Asia! This year, non-Olympic sports specific to Asia such as Kabaddi, Karate, Sepaktakraw and Wushu will be played in the Incheon Games. If you have never heard of these sports, you should definitely check out the matches when the Games start in September!

The design of the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium is also worth some attention. One side of the grandstand will be removed after the Games since there wouldn’t be such a high demand after the Games, and it will be converted into a park for residents! I have to say that I’m very impressed with Korean architects and how efficient they are, as well as how there are many parks located around the city to provide a relaxing day among the greenery in the midst of the concrete jungle.

How the stadium will look like during the Games, with grand stand on both sides. Credit: http://populous.com

How the stadium will look like during the Games, with grand stands on both sides. Credit: http://populous.com

How the stadium will look like after the Games. This is the option for an athletics park. Credit: http://populous.com

How the stadium will look like after the Games, with the grand stand only on one side. This is the option for an athletics park, while there is another option for soccer field. Credit: http://populous.com

If you would like to know more about the design of the stadium, you can refer to the press release of the architect firm which designed this stadium here.

With that in mind, I’m proud to introduce to you the Incheon Grand Park!

 

Incheon Grand Park

I think it is safe to say that parks are in abundance in Korea. In Songdo alone there are already 2 parks! Instead of introducing the parks in Songdo, I chose to introduce the Incheon Grand Park instead, because it is much larger and has activities for people seeking more diverse activities.

Mascots of the Incheon Games - spotted seals named Vichuon, Chumuro and Barame - at the Incheon Grand Park

Mascots of the Incheon Games – spotted seals named Vichuon, Chumuro and Barame – at the Incheon Grand Park

I wonder how many of you remember one of my earlier posts about Fall in Korea. Actually I had already mentioned this place at that time. I was there for a little picnic to celebrate a friend’s birthday in my very first semester in Korea, and I absolutely loved the autumn colors there!

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Incheon Grand Park, November 2011

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You can take a relaxing stroll along one of the many paths in the park!

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I absolutely love the autumn colors here!

The park is next to Gwanmosan so if you’re up for some rewarding sights and exercise you can attempt to hike up the mountains! There is also a botanical garden and zoo located in the park as well. Unfortunately I have yet to visit these two parts of the park, but the rose garden is beautiful in summer and there are chrysanthemums in the fall too!

Roses in full bloom at Incheon Grand Park. Credit: panoramio.com

Roses in full bloom at Incheon Grand Park, along with cherry blossom trees in the distance. Credit: panoramio.com

If you’re looking for a quiet day spent with beautiful Mother Nature but don’t have much time to travel away from the city, or if you’re stopping by for the Incheon Games, I highly recommend you to come to Incheon Grand Park!

 

How to get to Incheon Grand Park:

From Songnae Station (Line 1) exit 1, take bus 103, 16-1 or 909.

From Incheon Bus Terminal station (Line 1), take bus 11.

Address: 236, Munemi-ro, Namdong-gu, Incheon 인천 남동ꡬ λ¬΄λ„€λ―Έλ‘œ 236 (μž₯μˆ˜λ™)

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