A Seoul – Incheon (ICN) layover is the best you’ll ever have, whether it’s for a few hours at the airport, or a night or two. You may have heard that Seoul – Incheon (ICN) Airport has been named the World’s Best Airport from 2005-2014. Believe me, this airport deserves it! 😀
I’ve been to Seoul twice for two short holidays and to Incheon for two long layovers, so after four trips, let me tell you, this is definitely the BEST airport for layovers, long or short!
For long layovers, you can take FREE tours! DON’T go through the transfer section of the airport! Go straight out.
Before you reach immigration, you can stop at the free transit tour counter for information if you’d like.
There are three 5-hour tours, and one 3.5-hour, one 3-hour, one 2-hour, and one 1-hour tour in Seoul and Incheon. Since I’ve already been to Seoul, I took two Incheon tours. 😀
After you get through immigration, make your way to the free transit tour counter near gate eight.
You need to show your passport and your boarding passes to prove that you’re in transit. You’ll be all set when you get your free pin. 😀
If you’re not there long enough to go on a free tour, or if you’re stuck at the airport for any reason, fret not! Being stuck in an airport for a long time is dreaded, but seriously, be HAPPY if you ever have to spend a few hours at Incheon! 😀 You won’t be bored, and it won’t take you long to find something interesting.
Personally, I don’t pin a place on my travel map if I’ve only been to the station or airport, but Incheon just might be an exception because of all the special, unique cultural, educational, historical features.
You can go up to the 4th floor to the (public) Korean Cultural Street. It has a free little art museum and a good selection of restaurants.
It also features traditional Korean architecture, like the picture to your left of the entrance.
The Korea Traditional Cultural Experience Center in the duty free zone is great for everyone – kids and adults. You can do some Korean arts and crafts, and you can also catch a mini-show. The staff helping you are all dressed in traditional Korean clothing. 😀
My favourite is definitely the Walk of the Royal Family. It was there on my first trip in March 2012, again in July 2014, and again when I was heading back to Japan from my trip to Vietnam earlier this month…I hope that Incheon keeps that going forever! 😀
Chances are good that you’ll see it since it’s done four times a day through the duty free area on the 3rd floor past immigration as well as on the Korean Cultural Street.
If you have time, follow the royal procession and when they stop once they’re finished, you can get your picture taken with them. 😀
I hope you like the two short videos I was able to take! 😀
I hope that all this makes you look forward to your layover. I know you’ll enjoy it! 😀
Let me know if you have any questions or comments! I’d love to hear about your experience!