Yeongjong Island is found about 2.5 kilometers to the northwest of Wolmido Island in Incheon. Yeongjong was originally named Jayeondo Island because of the presence of plenty of swallows on the island. The name was then changed to Yeongjong-do in 1953, which translates to “long extended wooden floor” when read in Chinese characters. Today, however, the island is popularly known as the Yeongjong Island of Incheon.
The island is connected to the mainland via the Yeongjong Bridge. Unfortunately, because of the creation of the bridge, many have believed that the island has lost its isolated tranquility to some extent. Yeongjong Island was originally a standalone island itself until the reclaimed area reserved for the Incheon International Airport was built. Together with two other nearby islands, the Yeongjong then became part of the mainland of Korea. Because of its proximity to the airport, the airport has facilitated the gateway for the island to have an increase in tourist count.
Not far from the island, is the famous Eulwangri Beach, which is the closest beach to Incheon City. Also known as Eul Wang Li Beach, this beach is actually found on Yongyu Island, but because of the reclaimed land that combined the three islands of Yeongjong, Yongyu and Sammok, the Eulwangri Beach is easily accessible from the Yeongjong Island.
Right smack in the center of the island is Mt. Bekuensan, which is known to the locals as a lovely mountain with great hiking trails. Upon reaching the top of the mountain, visitors claim that here lies the best view of the Incheon International Airport and its departing and arriving aircrafts. For those who would rather stay in the comforts of their car, several highways circle around the mountain to the reach the top. Take note that the Yeongjong Island is also home to the Mt. Baekunsan Gliding Range and where people can discover basic flying skills to drive small and light planes.
On top of the mountain also lies the Yonggungsa Temple. This old temple is still visited by many devotees to date. Travelers will find the exceptional zelkova tree, which is more than 1,300 years old, a nice touch to the tranquility that the temple brings. Another astonishing temple found on the island is the Yaksuam Temple. A visit to either of the temples provides a sense of calmness, especially when you add the fact that both temples are surrounded by nothing but the beauty of nature high on the mountain top.
The mountain is further blessed with its mountain water mineral spring. The island further invites visitors to take a dip at the bathhouse near the shore in hot spring water. The bathhouse can accommodate up to 3,000 people, which makes it a nice place to relax after a hard day of trailing around Incheon city.
However, despite all things Yeongjong has in store for its visitors, the first thing that really welcomes visitors to the island is its seafood market. The Yeongjong wharf is home to fresh seafood items at affordable prices. Get your share or crab, flatfishes, sea cucumbers and frog flounders. Make sure to not miss a visit to this famous seafood market before leaving the island.
It seems the Yeongjong Island has something to offer everyone from every aspect. With its scenic beaches, its hot spring baths, its hiking trails to its seafood market, Yeongjong is indeed an interesting way to spend a day in Incheon.