Jayu (Freedom) Park in Incheon has gone by many different names over the years. Jayu Park is located on Mt. Eungbongsan near the port. After the opening of Korea in 1887 a park was created in Incheon, a big port city, called Manguk Park. The park was created by foreigners and is now called Jayu Park. The park was called Seo Park during the Japanese Colonial Period but the name was changed to Jayu Park (Freedom Park) when a statue of General MacArthur was erected after the Korean War on October 3rd, 1957. General MacArthur was a U.N General who planned the Battle of Incheon which was a major turning point and victory for South Korea and the United Nations.
The statue of General MacArthur is now a very popular sightseeing spot in Incheon. Jayu Park offers stunning views of Incheon. The park has many sculptures located throughout the park along with Pagodas where people can rest. There is also a monument to the 100 years of friendship between Korea and the United States. Jayu Park is like an open museum full of history and information and a trip to the park and nearby Chinatown is highly recommended.
The park is open 24 hours a day all year round.
How to get to Jayu Park (Freedom Park):
Take line 1 to Incheon station and leave exit 1. Outside the station you will see a big Chinese gate. This is the entrance for Chinatown. Head through the gate and keep walking until you get to the park.
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