Friday, May 25, 2012

The Posh-ness of Incheon International Airport

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! 

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