Must-Visit Korean Restaurants in Incheon Airport

Do you finally arrive to Incheon Airport after a long flight?

Are you headed back home after visiting Korea for travel or business?

We would like to tell you about each and every Korean restaurant and the best dishes that you can enjoy at Incheon Airport to leave you with delicious memories as you say goodbye to Korea! 😊

If you want traditional, classic Korean food …

Do you want to taste traditional Korean food? Do you want to eat something filling? Then these two restaurants are perfect.

One place specializes in bibimbap!

The other place offers Korean specialty dishes from all across the country!

 

Let’s find out why these two restaurants are so popular!

1) Jinmi Hangukjip

You can enjoy quality Korean dishes at Jinmi Hangukjip. The recommended dish here, of course, is “bibimbap.”

 

Bibimbap is one of the most iconic Korean dishes. It involves mixing rice with various vegetables, meat, and gochujang (Korean chili paste). Just looking at this mixture of various vegetables and meat makes you feel healthy. As it is a rice-based dish, it is quite filling.

This dish is quite familiar to non-Koreans as it is often served as an airline meal. This is why we recommend it to you. However, the bibimbap at this restaurant is surely different from the one served on the plane, right?

Among the various bibimbap dishes at Jinmi Hangukjip, the spicy pork bibimbap in a hot pot is not too spicy, even for non-Koreans. The harmony between the savory egg yolk, sweet and spicy stir-fried pork, and fresh seasoned vegetables creates a delicious masterpiece! It is a filling and neat dish.

Location: Middle of B1, Terminal 1

Hours of Operation: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

* Due to COVID-19, there may be some changes in store operations such as shortened business hours and business suspensions.

2) Bonuribansang

If you like restaurants that offer a variety of options, we recommend Bonuribansang!

At Bonuribansang, you can enjoy specialty dishes from different parts of Korea. This restaurant brought together all of the dishes created in different regions of Korea, like Seoul, Daegu, Tongyeong, and Yeosu. The biggest advantage here is that you can check out various specialty Korean dishes all in one place. We recommend this restaurant for enjoying the lesser-known, unique Korean dishes.

The best item on the menu here is the Anseong Market rice soup set menu. The Anseong Market rice soup set menu is a hot soup served with rice that can ease your fatigue from traveling. Vegetables such as bracken are added to the soup which is boiled with beef and beef bone. Traditionally, you put the rice into the soup and eat them together. The soup’s comforting and not-too-strong taste is its appeal!

As it originated from the market in a region called Anseong during the 1930s, it is called “Anseong Market rice soup set menu.” It also fully reflects traditional Korean taste. This menu allows you to relax with the hot soup and taste true Korean flavor. Doesn’t it sound delicious? Enjoy comforting dishes at Bonuribansang where you can also try other specialty dishes from different regions. J

Location: Near Exit 12 on 1F, Terminal 1

Hours of Operation: 9:00a.m.-7:00 p.m.

* Due to COVID-19, there may be some changes in store operations such as shortened business hours and business suspensions.

If you want to enjoy an easy meal, why not try casual Korean food?

Sometimes you want to eat something light, right? We mean, something that isn’t too heavy and can be enjoyed conveniently. If you feel a bit overwhelmed by classic Korean food, here are some restaurants that may be good options for you.

1) Byeolmibunsik

Byeolmibunsik specializes in simple but tasty “bunsik” (street food). “Bunsik” originally referred to “food made from flour,” as well as affordable dishes that are somewhere between a snack and a meal. Some of the most well-known “bunsik” dishes include ramen, blood sausage, spicy rice cakes, and gimbap. “Bunsik” is inseparable from Koreans while being a true soul food that is eaten often since childhood.

 

The most highly recommended dishes of Byeolmibunsik include gimbap, spicy rice cakes, and ramen. These dishes are the top 3 “bunsik.” Most of them cost less than KRW 5,000, making for an affordable meal.

What makes “bunsik” so appealing is that it feels like a snack but it can also make up a whole meal. If you are hungry but don’t feel like having a full course meal, then make sure to check out Byeolmibunsik!

Location: Middle of Transportation Center on 1B, Terminal 2

Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

* Due to COVID-19, there may be some changes in store operations such as shortened business hours and business suspensions.

2) Odengsikdang

As a restaurant specializing in budae-jjigae (kimchi and sausage stew), Odengsikdang serves various types of budae-jjigae. While budae-jjigae is usually served in a big pot from which multiple people eat together, Odengsikdang serves budae-jjigae for a 1-person table.

Odengsikdang’s best dish is the “modeum budae-jjigae (assorted kimchi and sausage stew).” It includes various types of sausage, ham, and other ingredients for a rich taste.

budae-jjigae is a “fusion dish” that was created during the Korean War. It was easy to find sausage and ham near the US Army bases that were stationed during the Korean War. The story behind kimchi and sausage stew is that the sausage and ham tasted too greasy for Koreans, so they boiled gochujang (Korean chili paste) and kimchi together to create this spicy stew that perfectly matches Koreans’ appetites.

budae-jjigae, which combines Western and Eastern cuisines, is loved by many Koreans. As a combination of sausage, ham, and rice in a spicy broth, it is a magical dish that disappears before you know it, right before your eyes! Check out the Korean soul food, budae-jjigae, through which you can feel the history of Korea!

Location: Middle of Transportation Center on 1B, Terminal 2

Hours of Operation: 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

* Due to COVID-19, there may be some changes in store operations such as shortened business hours and business suspensions.

We have introduced a few Korean restaurants at which you can make great memories in Korea. If you know of an even more delicious Korean restaurant or want to recommend one, please let us know! Hunger never ends, and it is an endless journey to find great restaurants.

 

We hope you experience “true taste” during your travels at Incheon Airport. We will come back with an even more delicious post!

How to Travel between Terminals (T1-T2) in Incheon Airport

If you often visit Incheon Airport, you probably know that there are two passenger terminals in the airport.

 

Many people do not seem to know that different airlines are designated to different terminals. This is because in a rush to make their flight, some people go to the wrong terminal and end up lost or missing their flight.

 

For these individuals, we would like to inform you which airlines are located in which terminal, and how to travel between the terminals quickly if you end up in the wrong one.

Different Airlines Fly from Different Terminals

Incheon Airport once transported 54 million passengers every year from Terminal 1 and Concourse. With the opening of Terminal 2, it became an international airport hub that can accommodate up to 72 million passengers.

 

Shortly after the opening of Terminal 2, four airlines (Korean Air, Air France, Delta, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) relocated to Terminal 2, and as a result, all of the airlines were split between T1 and T2. As of May 2020, T2 accommodates 11 airlines.

Terminal 1 (T1)

Terminal 2 (T2)

All airlines other than those in T2

(Asiana Airlines, LCCs, foreign airlines, etc.)

Korean Air, Air France, Delta, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Aeromexico, Alitalia, China Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, XiamenAir, Czech Airlines, Aeroflot

3 Ways to Travel between T1 and T2

“Can I get off the train at Terminal 1 and walk to Terminal 2?”

 

No, no! It is not possible to get from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 in Incheon Airport by foot!

 

If you think that it will take a short amount of time to walk between terminals, you may need to think again. Incheon Airport is so vast that it takes the bus about 15-18 minutes to travel between terminals.

 

There are three options from which you can choose: Free Shuttle Bus, Airport Railroad, and Shuttle Train. Let’s take a look at where and how you can find them.

1) Free Shuttle Bus

Go to Exit 8 on the third floor in T1 or Exits 4 and 5 on the third floor in T2. If you walk out one of these exits, you will find the bus stop for the Shuttle Bus. Check the schedule for the Shuttle Bus, which comes every 7 minutes. It is free to ride, so you can use it without any financial burden.

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2) Airport Railroad (AREX)

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The Airport Railroad is another option to consider, as the 13 stops provided by the Airport Railroad include Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

 

The Airport Railroad is located in the Transit Center on B1 in both T1 and T2. Simply follow the Airport Railroad signs in the airport to conveniently find the train. As there is only one stop between T1 and T2, you can move between terminals quickly! But remember, the Airport Railroad costs KRW 900!

* Currently, people arriving from overseas cannot use the Airport Railroad. Please note that the “Express Train,” not the All Stop Train, is currently shut down due to COVID-19.

3) Shuttle Train

The Shuttle Train is another means of transportation that connects the two terminals. The Shuttle Train is convenient as there is a train every 5 minutes, 24/7. Nonetheless, there are various restrictions that need to be checked before boarding the train.

 

Those boarding airplanes departing from Concourse can only move from Terminal 1 to Concourse.

Those arriving to Concourse can only move from Concourse to Terminal 1.

 

From Terminal 2, only transfer passengers can use the Shuttle Train to move to Concourse and Terminal 1. Most locals departing from Incheon Airport are unlikely to need to travel between Terminal 2 and Concourse.

 

Unlike Terminal 1, you cannot use the Shuttle Train on the Arrivals Floor of Terminal 2. Passengers must go from the air-side on the Departures Floor of Terminal 2 to the stop in Terminal 2 to get on the train to go to Concourse.

 

* Note that you cannot go back once you board the Shuttle Train!

Today, we learned about Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 in Incheon Airport and how to move between them. Be sure to check the terminal from which your airline departs in advance, and use one of the options above that suits your situation best! 🙂

Make both your body and heart lighter! How to Use Incheon International Airport ‘Free Lugg’

Have you ever been worried because you have too much luggage on your trip that should be comfortable and enjoyable? Or having a hard time taking care of your luggage because you must leave for your destination of business trip right after arrival at the airport? If you’re pressed for time, no matter how small the luggage is, it often becomes a big burden.

‘Hands-Free’ services that help convenient travel are gaining popularity as travel culture develops, including not only general travel but also leisure travel, immigration, and long-term business trips.

Incheon International Airport is also making efforts for the convenience of airport users by quickly introducing various smart services.

‘Free Lugg’ is one of the most popular services. With the Incheon International Airport Free Lugg, from your home to Incheon International Airport, and from Incheon International Airport to your home! No matter how much luggage you have, you can send it conveniently.

What is Free Lugg Service?

Free Lugg is a ‘travel luggage delivery service’ officially operated by Incheon International Airport.

When you go to the airport from home, you can send your luggage at home on the day of departure and pick it up at the airport between 4 p.m. and 12 p.m. on the same day. It sounds perfect for a night trip after work, right?

If the departure flight is early, you can pick up between 5 a.m. and 12 p.m. on the day of departure after you send your luggage from home the day before departure.

On the contrary, how about returning from a trip and going home from the airport? If your luggage has become very heavy with souvenirs and gifts purchased from your travel destination, you can send your luggage at the airport counter on the day of your arrival. Home reception is between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the same day.

It is also possible to conveniently plan your schedule because the airport provides a storage service where you can check your luggage in advance and receive it on the day you want. However, the storage period cannot exceed 7 days, and the storage fee is 5,000 won per day.

Free Lugg Service, how can I use it?

Then, how can you use the Free Lugg service?

1) Service Use Procedure

Free Lugg is a service that requires a reservation. Service bookings are available on the Free Lugg Official website at (https://freeluggkorea.com). The procedure is as follows.


#1 Enter reservation information
Enter the date and time of collection, place of collection, date and time of receipt, place of receipt, product, etc.

#2 Enter customer information
Name, cellphone number, and e-mail

#3 Payment of service charges
Credit card and simple payment

#4 Pick-up Travel Luggage
Collect travel luggage at home or at the airport

#5 Airport – Identity Check
Confirm identity at the place of receipt

#6 Receipt of travel luggage
Receive travel luggage at the airport or at home

For customers who have difficulty booking online, don’t forget that you can also make a phone reservation at 1644-7146!

2) Service Charge

It is also important to know the fee to use this convenient luggage delivery service, right? Free Lugg charges travel packages in two main categories: ‘carrier’ and ‘parcel’.

1) Travel Carrier
  • Travel carriers less than 28 inches
  • Briefcase
  • Backpack
  • Boston Back, etc.

Luggage weighing less than 20 kg are priced between 20,000 and 25,000 won per piece

2) Parcel
  • Large carrier of 28 inches or more
  • Immigrant bag
  • Golf bag
  • Surfboard, etc.

Parcels with a total of 160cm or less and a weight of 20kg or less can be delivered at a price of between 25,000 won and 30,000 won per piece.

There is a price difference for each area in Seoul, so please check the table below!

If you make a reservation for more than two pieces of luggage, you should also check for a 5,000 won duplicate discount for each additional piece, okay?

3) Service Registration & Receipt Method

Next, let’s check location of counters in the airport!


#1 Registering at the airport

If you register at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1, please visit the Hanjin Shipping Office located at counter 62 next to gate 13 on the 1st floor.

In case of Incheon International Airport Terminal 2, you can register at Hanjin Shipping Office on the 3rd floor located at the opposite side of check-in counter H!


#2 Receiving at the airport

If you receive your luggage at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1, please visit CJ Korea Express Office located between check-in counters A and B on the 3rd floor.

If you are picking up your luggage at Incheon International Airport Terminal 2, you can go to the Hanjin Shipping office located at the opposite side of check-in counter H on the 3rd floor.

(*Free Lugg is in limited operation at counters due to the spread of COVID-19, so be sure to check before using it!)

So far, we have looked through the various services of Incheon International Airport for more comfortable and relaxing time, and especially among them, the ‘Free Lugg’ service.

 

Incheon International Airport will work hard for your exciting, light hearted & light body trip!