Although the TV drama Dokkaebi (Goblin) finished last January, it left numerous fans longing for more. To deal with their yearning, some watch their favorite episodes over again, while others visit places featured in them. In this issue, Korea Agrafood would like to introduce you to several sites in Incheon that have become popular as shooting locations of Dokkaebi.
# Baedari Secondhand Bookstore Alley
Baedari Secondhand Bookstore Alley, located in Dong-gu, Incheon, is the only secondhand bookstore street in the area that dates back to the 1960s–1970s. The goblin couple took walks, cried, and laughed on this alley. It is also the location of the mysterious, old-fashioned secondhand bookstore frequented by Kim Shin (Gong Yoo). You can get to the alley by taking Subway Line 1 to Dong Incheon Station and walking to the right from Exit 4 for about 10 minutes.
# Jayu Park
This is where Kim Shin and Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) liked to stroll. It is also where Eun Tak put out fire in a waste bin and grumbled over her wish to the goblin. The nearby China Town and Fairytale Village offer a lot to see and taste. To find Jayu Park, walk toward China Town from Exit 1 of Incheon Station.
# Songdo Hanok Village
This is where Kim Shin decided to draw his sword to exterminate Park Joong Heon and set out on his final journey with Eun Tak. Songdo Hanok Village is located in the Central Park of Songdo International City. The park is an ideal walking course where you can appreciate the harmony of urban skyscrapers and traditional Korean houses referred to as hanok. Take the Incheon subway line to Central Park Station Exit 3.
# Cheongna Lake Park
In this park, Kim Shin ad Eun Tak took a walk and had a conversation after getting drunk. Kim Shin revealed the secret of his sword and shoved Eun Tak when she tried to unsheathe it. The panoramic natural landscape enhanced by beautiful lighting creates a romantic atmosphere in the park. You can reach it by taking the Airport Railroad to Cheongna International City Station and taking Bus #42-2 from Exit 1 of the station to Lake Park.
At the Incheon Tourist Information Center in Songdo International City, Incheon Tourism Organization has prepared a selection of outfits appearing in Dokkaebi for tourists to try on and “transform” themselves into the main characters of the drama. You can find death angel Lee Dong Wook’s black coat and hat as well as Eun Tak’s school uniform and red scarf. The Information Center also exhibits the goblin’s sword made with iron.
# Additional Information / Representative Dishes of Incheon
There is a saying that everything goes better on a full stomach. It is equally possible that you will get hungry as you look around the drama filming sites. Below is a list of places you can explore to find delicious food in Incheon.
# Shinpo Dak Gangjeong (Sweet and Sour Chicken)
At Shinpo International Market, which is located near Dong Incheon Station, you can find the so-called Dak Gangjeong Street. Stalls here sell deep-fried chicken mixed in a cauldron with seasonings of crushed peanut, cheongyang chili pepper, and secret sauces. The business hours are from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm and they are closed on Mondays. The street is a 10 minute walk from Incheon Station Exit 3.
# Hwapyeong-dong Naengmyeon Street
The Hwapyeong-dong Naengmyeon Street is renowned for selling naengmyeon (cold noodles) in huge bowls. It is a long alley running along the railroad of Dong Incheon Station. When the street began to emerge in the 1970s, its stores attracted factory workers and dock laborers by offering noodles in bowls as large as washbasins. The dish is also inexpensive, costing only 4,000 to 5,000 won per serving, so it is a great deal both in the taste and quantity. You can reach the alley by going to the backside of Dong Incheon Station from Exit 4.
# China Town
When you get off at Incheon Station and look in the direction of Jayu Park, you cannot miss the streets evoking a Chinese atmosphere. A five-minute walk from the station, China Town offers a variety of dishes including jajangmyeon (noodles with black soybean sauce), tangsuyuk (sweet and sour pork), kkansho saeu (deep-fried shrimp in spicy sauce), chili pepper japchae (glass noodles), and jeongabok (stir-fried seafood with abalone and scallop). There are also many stalls selling lamb on skewers, hongdubyeong pies filled with red beans, and fortune cookies that are said to tell the future.
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