Get lost in the magical fairytale village located in Songwol dong, Incheon, South Korea. Many popular K-Dramas have been filmed Songwol Dong Fairy Tale Village like Goblin, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, and more. This is a great location to take photos, try some sweet delicious street foods, and visit the nearby Chinatown as well.
Songwol Dong Fairy Tale Village
This beautiful Songwol-dong fairy tale village was created because of the many foreigners that were moving into the area. This colorful village was inspired by classic fairy tales from around the world. This entire village has been painted in bright colors with some of the famous characters like Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Repunzel, Pinnochio, and more.
Just neighboring next to Songwol Dong Fairy Tale Village is Chinatown where many Chinese Korean immigrants settled. Songwol Dong Fairy Tale Village is known to be one of the perfect places for couple dates, photography, visiting KDrama sites, and street art.
How to get to Songwol Dong Fairy Tale Village
Take the subway to Incheon Station on the yellow line and take exit 1. Go across the street on the main road and then head towards exit 2 until you see the entrance on the right. The second option is to go through the Chinatown entrance gate and walk straight, turn left at the end of the road, walk straight to reach the Fairy Tale Village.
Things to do in Songwol Dong Fairy Tale Village
Get a stamp made using any picture you have
As an ESL teacher in Korea, one of the ways we reward our students are through a stamp board. Some of the teachers and I have created a stamp reward system where when you have a certain amount of stamps, you get a prize, coupon, or candy.
So naturally, I had to buy a one of a kind stamp for my kids and stumbled upon this cute little shop. I bought a stamp with my face on it, maybe not ideal, but the kids absolutely love it and are shocked to see me in their books. It would be great for letters, postcards, etc. Something personal and a great souvenir to take back home.
Stroll and get lost in the village
This is a great place just to get some fresh air and enjoy the beautiful scenery. A lot of couples come here for dates so they can talk, hold hands, and take cute photos together. It’s a great place to just relax and treat it like a park. It’s not a fairly large place, so just embrace the small-town kind of a feel.
Take photos by the Rainbow Steps (KDrama filming location)
This is the KDrama filming location from What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim. We honestly had the most fun here. Prior to coming to Korea, I really got hooked on What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, it was such a great show that one of my best friends and I would watch together. When watching it, I was desperate to find the place with the rainbow steps before I moved. It was one of the first things I did when I got to Korea was arrive here. These cute little steps mark my first steps of moving to Korea and its something I will always treasure in my memories and photos.
Eat local street food
There are a lot of options for street food especially heading towards Chinatown, but if you want some sweets in Songwol Dong Fairy Tale Village, I highly suggest you go to the one near the front. They have a variety of different sweets, however, I did not like the chocolate ice cream, please get the vanilla instead!
Some of the sweets there are:
- Ice Cream
- Strawberries on a stick
- Bungeo-ppang (붕어빵)
- Character Cotton Candy
Buy Souvenirs, Socks, and other cute accessories
Since Songwol Dong Fairy Tale Village is popular for foreigners, it is also a hot spot for tourists. There are a lot of Chinese tourists who visit the area and so there are some souvenir shops in the area as well. Be sure to support some of the local businesses if you can.
Take photos in the popular Painted Sea of Fish
Just like in the entrance of Busan’s Gamcheon Culture Village there are painted fish here as well. Although, I do find these fish to be a million times better than the ones in Busan. I think I enjoy them more because of the colors chosen or maybe the fact that this area is less crowded than in Busan. Busan attracts so many tourists, that it’s nice to have a less touristy feel of getting a good shot.
Things to do near Songwol Dong Fairy Tale Village
There are a lot of things to do near Songwol Dong Fairy Tale Village which I’ve listed below. Be sure to also read about my local guide to things to do in Incheon.
Incheon Chinatown (인천 차이나타운)
Once you are done exploring parts of Songwol Dong Fairy Tale Village, take a walk toward Chinatown. In Chinatown, have a delicious lunch at one of the Chinese Restaurants. I highly suggest you try Jjjajangmyeon, which is a Korean Chinese black bean sauce noodle dish, sweet and sour pork, and the fried mandu. Many of the restaurants in Chinatown are quite famous due to mastering these dishes.
Where to eat in Chinatown
- Mandabok (만다복)
- Gong Hwa Chun (공화춘)
Incheon Art Platform (인천아트플랫폼)
The Incheon art platform is a multiplex cultural arts center and is based on artists-in-residency programs. The Incheon Art Platform hosts exhibitions, performances, and concerts all over the year and runs various events and educational programs for the general public.
Sinpo International Market (신포국제시장)
This international market is filled with foreigners from all over the world. It was initially created because of many Chinese and Japanese immigrants. This popular market dates back to the early 19th century and is filled with many delicious treats. Be sure to try the dakganjang which is a sweet crispy fried chicken.
Wolmi Park & Theme Park (월미공원)
This is a popular destination for couples yet again. Here you can play a lot of different carnival games, ride classic carnival rides, eat tons of street food, shoot off fireworks at night, sing karaoke, and just enjoy the relaxing beach vibes. There are a lot of rocky areas where you can sit and enjoy the sunset as well. Many people will fish from these rocky areas as well.
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