When booking your flights going to South Korea, remember that Incheon (ICH) is the airport closest to Seoul. Cebupacific (5J) has two hubs for SK – Busan and Incheon. Busan is in the southern part of SK. Although you can travel to Seoul from Busan, I believe that Busan warrants a separate trip. For this trip, it is all about Seoul.
Incheon International Airport was the world’s number 1 airport in 2012. Quiet a feat. Upon landing, I was reminded of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Clean. Spacious. Posh.
Long elevators. Reminds me of those in Shangrilla Mall.
|Flowers. Keeping the theme with Spring.|
If you want to get a tax refund for the items that your purchased, you have to drop off your check-in baggage in this lane after checking-in. For items in your carry-on bag, no need to queue here. Grab a map of the airport to locate this line.
|I shopped but I didn't get the tax refund (another story)|
They have this train called the “Concourse” that runs from the main airport to the “take-off” place.
We were early so we had time to roam around and marvel at the chic-ness of the place. The duty free shops also carry Longchamp items. If you are eyeing a piece like Le Pliage, it is worth a look – I didn’t really look at the price since I alreadybought some in Paris. Lotte Items are also sold at almost the same price in the groceries so you can do some last minute pasalubong shopping. I wish I bought more green Lotte Peppero Almond. I ended up eating a lot those intended for pasalubong. I’ll buy more next time.
I wandered around the airport in search of the tourist shirts with South Korea printed on it. I didn’t find any in Myeondong. I found them in souvenir shops which cost me an arm and leg at $25 a piece. Pricey but I still bought them for my parents. They have good quality and the design was not so generic.
For dinner, I opted for more familiar dishes. Not really craving for Korean dishes.
|Fries. Potato wedges. Forever food staple.|
Samsung and LG TVs are placed in the waiting areas.
You can charge your electronic gadgets here.
Our plane is here! See you again someday Seoul!