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Airport Zen | Seoul Incheon Airport (ICN)

Jake Redman April 3, 2014 2

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It might be my favorite airport in Asia, but I don’t exactly know why. Our earlier visits have been quick connections but each time I wanted to stay longer and look around despite only passing a glut of duty free shops, departure boards and frantic travelers. My suspicion is that it’s allure is in the airport’s relative cleanliness, the airiness of its spaces and that I’ve been lucky enough to be here at less chaotic times. So, hit the Keurig and cozy up to 2 full minutes of Airport Zen at Seoul Incheon Airport (ICN) with us…

Apron at Seoul Incheon ICN
A truck pulls up slowly for a standoff with someone from Seoul Incheon ground crew.

This airport zen is all inside the concourse built for non-Korean airlines as we were departing with Thai Airways. It’s a long terminal with high-numbered gates and much simpler layout than the large, main terminal. While it’s significantly smaller the concourse has plenty of shopping and a few good hideaways for napping or zoning-out between flights (in case you don’t have lounge access).

Food? Not so much. Your best bet for eats is to hit the food court in the main terminal before you shuttle over. There’s a Bennigans here…a Bennigans.

Departures Board at Seoul Incheon ICN
We’re suckers for a departure board. It’s no antique, but it’ll do. – Concourse at Seoul Incheon

What we didn’t know until after this visit is that there’s an observation deck outside the terminal where, as Incheon’s website claims is “…the best place for enjoying the view of the whole airport”. Other than it’s official single web page, there’s little online evidence that the place exists. Searching Google would lead you to believe that this place has never been visited or ever photographed by anyone other than airport staff. It’s on our list for next time.


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Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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    • modhop on April 25, 2014

      It was simply overcast. Nothing like our smog-filled trips to Beijing or other parts of mainland China.

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