Seoul to Icheon by Bus
Buses run every 15minutes from 6:30am to 9:40pm at the East Seoul Terminal.
Express buses run every half hour from 6:20am to 9:20pm at the Gangnam Express Terminal.
It takes about one hour from both stations.
The express bus terminal to Seoul is an easy walk from the Miranda hotel. One way bus fare costs 3300 won and takes about one hour. It will drop you off at the East Seoul Bus terminal. From there is costs only 700 won to get almost anywhere in Seoul by subway. Be careful though. The last bus departing East Seoul back to Ichon leaves at 10PM. If you miss it it will cost you another 60000 won for taxi back to Miranda.
To get around Ichon, try giving Mr S.B. Park a call. He is a private Taxi cab driver and his English is fairly good. 017-260-8833,.
The downtown shopping district in Ichon (i call it the The "Ginza Prominade") is about five city blocks long reserved for pedestrian traffic. But as always here in Korea, watch for the speeding delivery boys on their motor scooters. To them, sidewalks are just another narrow racetrack beset with annoying obstacles... we call pedestrians.
You will find a wide range of shops and eateries in the Ginza. Most at affordable prices. Coffee and Hofs are plenty, as are Korean Restuarants and some Western Restuarants like McDonalds and Popeyes.
For better prices you might try Korea's equivalent of K-Mart, called E-Mart. Its on the far end of town and probably best to take a taxi there.
Maybe it was just the time of year in which I visited Korea, Jan - Mar, but one of the most vulgar things I experienced while during my stay were the Koreans propencity to spit. And I'm not just talking quiet clearing of throat but that load nasal clearling hocking followed by the inevitable elimination of this nasty mucous whereever they may be at the time. Its safer to walk through the New York Yankees dugout then a Korean city street. Thank God Koreans have the custom of taking their shoes off before entering a restuarant. How'd you like to sit on those tiled floors for a meal if they didn't remove their shoes.?
Stay out of the hotel night club at the Hotel Miranda. Although they have live bands on weekends, it’s a complete waste of time and money. Its a large place but sparsely attended. That should tell you something right there. There is no cover charge but one beer will cost you @ $15. You are not permitted to talk to talk to other club patrons. You will be rudely manhandled by one of the many bouncers if you even appoarch another table and ask a girl to dance. For that privilege, you must "bribe" (they call it tip) the Mafioso bouncer 37000 won. Girls and guys separate circles, rarely mixing. In summary, it’s a high price to pay for rudeness and boredom.
Unique Suggestions: BYOD. Bring Your Own Date.
Fun Alternatives: Try the Roma Nightclub across the street from the Hynix Plant. Its not the Hyatt (in Seoul) but Ichon is not known for its party atmosphere.