Discover great Travel Apps popular in Korea

These days, travel has become lighter. Because there is a lot of information, anyone can leave anytime they want. In the past, even if there were hard preparations and trials with errors, the fact that they ‘did’ travel was a special experience. But these days, people are more interested in the ‘method’ that makes travel more convenient and fruitful.

So, we have prepared a few tips to make your trip more convenient and enjoyable with a few mobile services. From airline ticket purchases to finding directions, managing expenses, and taking photos! Let’s find out which travel applications are popular in Korea now!

Purchasing an airline ticket

Preparations for the trip should start with purchasing an airline ticket, right? First, we will introduce the apps which you can use to compare the ticket prices.

 

If you don’t have to take a direct flight, you can travel cheaper with a stopover ticket. It is also a good idea to buy airline tickets 5 to 6 months in advance using the price comparison apps.

Skyscanner is one of the most popular apps when you need a cheap ticket. Airline ticket prices vary greatly depending on the date of travel, and Skycanner makes it easier to compare the ‘cheapest date’ of the ticket by making the ticket price appear daily on the calendar! Comparing tickets in order of recommendation/lowest price/shortest hours is another factor to help you plan your trip. If you set up a ‘price change’ notification service, you can even receive a notification when a cheaper ticket is available.

NAVER Airline Tickets is conveniently accessible through Naver, a search platform that Korean people are familiar with. It has the advantage of being able to use right away when you need to search for tickets urgently. If you search for ‘NAVER Airline Tickets’, you can compare tickets by entering your departure, destination, and date in the input window, and you can see the discounts of various domestic travel agencies and credit card companies at a glance. Another advantage of NAVER Airline Tickets is that you can easily check various airline tickets when using multi-section search with different stopovers!

Expedia offers a variety of travel-related services, including accommodation reservations, as well as airline ticket searches. It has the advantage of being able to book airline tickets and accommodation at once. It often helps us prepare for a more reasonable trip in terms of air and hotel promotion.

When you want an efficient journey

Now that you must be done with your pre-travel preparations, let us dive into some navigation and expense management applications you can use during your trip. For those of you who are thinking of traveling without planning, maps and account books are useful anytime, anywhere.

First, let’s look at the navigation app.

 

Google Map provides information from all over the world. From simple road finding features to public transportation methods and estimated transportation costs, so you don’t have to worry when visiting countries which information is not so easy to find otherwise. Since you can probably search in your own language, it’s easy to look for information even if you’re not familiar with foreign languages. Not only the phone number, but also the business days are updated in detail. From how many hours other people usually stay, you can see the reviews of those who have been there right away with photos.

Triple is an application that not only searches places but also records your schedule and movements. You can share your schedule with your companions, and it’s easier to navigate with Google Maps-linked road-finding service. You can easily find good restaurants, accommodations, and tourist attractions. Triple users visit and leave photos, star ratings, and personal reviews, so you can check information from various angles. You can also see reviews on blogs based on location information, so it’s good to see its shortcomings without being bothered by advertising.

Next, you will also need a budget clearance app, right?

 

Travi Pocket is a travel account application. Just enter the amount and you can simply organize your travel expenses and save receipts, photos, and memos. You can also calculate the exchange rate on the application. It’s very useful since you can register various currencies such as dollars and won, and check both cash/card expenses. It can also be exported as a PDF or CSV file, making it easier to manage overall expenses.

When you want to keep a special memory

It’s a shame to keep a lot of fun memories in the travel destination with just a basic camera. Lastly, let’s take a look at some travel photo applications that will make us as good as professional photographers. They provide a variety of filters and effects to give photos a boost.

Foodie is a photo application specialized for taking pictures of food, as its name shows. It’s good to record different foods you’ve tasted in travel destinations with various filters. Of course, it’s also useful for taking landscape pictures, too.

 

Lightroom, famous as computer photo editing program, offers similar functions in mobile applications. Compared to other applications that offer existing filters, the usage is a bit complicated, but it has the advantage of being able to create your own filters and edit them to fit the feeling you want.

 

Pixaloop is an AI-based photo animation application that allows users to put moving filters into existing photos. Add various effects such as ‘Star’, ‘Fireworks’ and ‘Snowing Day’ to create photos.

In this posting, we looked at mobile apps that are useful for traveling. From paying for airline tickets to searching for local public transportation and making memories with photos edited by myself! It won’t be difficult to travel abroad with the applications we introduced above. We wish you a safe and convenient trip, and Incheon International Airport will be back with more useful information!

There is an ‘Aircraft Boneyards’?

Did you know that aircrafts also have a lifespan?

It is said that the life span of aircrafts strongly designed for safety is close to 100 years. But they don’t usually operate for more than 30 years. This is because the older the model, the greater the risk of defects and the higher the cost of repairs, so the efficiency decreases. It’s common to replace an airplane in 20 to 40 years.

The aircrafts that served out their purpose will stay in a ‘third place’ rather than an airport or an airline hangar. We would like to talk about the behind story in this posting!

The place where 4,400 aircrafts went to sleep

Let’s take a closer look at the picture above.

Different kinds of aircrafts are gathered in one place. Even from satellite imagery, it’s easy to find out that there are a lot of huge aircrafts here.

It’s not an airport full of planes, it’s not an air force base for military aircrafts, it’s the ‘Aircraft Boneyards’, in Tucson, a city in Arizona, U.S..

It is also well-known for being managed by the ‘Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG)’ under the Air Force Material Command. Since there are more than 4,400 managed aircrafts and 13 spacecrafts, it could be regarded as a huge depository in nature.

Why do aircrafts gather at Tucson?

The Tucson area of Arizona, known as ‘land of desert and cactus’, has a high altitude of 780 to 880 meters and a solid alkaline soil. It’s also a place where it rarely rains all year round, with an average annual rainfall of only 300 millimeters.

Because of these regional characteristics, Tucson has become the eligible place to store aircrafts.

The important thing about storing airplanes is preventing corrosion. Thanks to dryness of desert region, Tucson is the best place to store aircrafts rust-free.

In addition to the Tucson area, there are various aircraft boneyards in the United States, including Logistics Airport in southern California (Google Map), Mohave Space Airport (Google Map), and Pinal Airpark (Google Map).

The Tucson aircraft boneyards is drawing attention because of its overwhelming scale. How big is this spectacular place with thousands of planes?

The place is so vast that it’s hard to tell with the naked eye. It is said to be as large as 1,400 soccer fields.

This is why it can store all kinds of aircraft, from various transport planes to bombers and fighter jets.

It's more like a ‘storage’ than a boneyard

The ‘AMARG Aircraft Boneyards’ was originally an air force base established by the U.S. military right after the end of World War II. It’s already been 75 years since it first settled here in 1946, so it must have been reborn as a historic place in the aviation and military industries.

This facility is divided into 4 areas, as shown below.

1) Area where stored aircraft are kept for immediate flight

2) Area where aircraft are kept for use after long-term storage

3) Area where aircrafts are dismantled and parts are utilized.

4) Area that sells part or all of aircraft

In other words, the facility stores aircrafts that were retired, but it also maintains and repairs them so they can be used again, and it dismantle them and find new parts that can be used internally.

In fact, there are dozens of tons of aluminum coming from a single aircraft, so it could be widely recycled, right?

Surprisingly, about 70% of the planes stored here are in a state of being able to return to active service after maintenance and repair. In fact, there are many retired aircraft to prevent defects rather than to come at the end of their lifespan, so if you replace the main parts with new ones, you can put them back in and operate them.

For your information, AMARG is a controlled area and cannot be entered without permission. But it’s possible to visit with a bus tour at the ‘Pima Air & Space Museum’, which is located nearby. The Pima Museum, the largest aerospace museum in the world, attracts more than 150,000 visitors every year. Since it is a military facility, it requires photo ID cards for all tourists over the age of 16!

Then, where do Korean aircrafts go? Unfortunately, there is no dry and spacious space to store aircrafts, so they are often donated to educational institutions or museums or sold to foreign airlines.

It’s a museum that stores various kinds of retired airplanes, and it’s also a laboratory-like place that draws new life from old aircrafts!

So far, we have looked through the world’s largest ‘aircraft boneyards.’

Next time, we will come be back with more interesting aviation common knowledge!

‘How to get to the airport’, Whatever the way, you just have to go to Incheon Airport!

Experiences are interpreted, memories are edited.

Airport is usually considered as a starting point of a journey, but real starting point would be your home. You will have to figure out ‘how’ to go to the airport from home if you want to keep up the good energy on the way.

For those of you who are seeking for the way to get to the airport in the most convenient and quickest way, a variety of transportation and information you need to get to Incheon Airport are here!

From morning till dawn...’Limousine Bus’ with a variety of time zones

Isn’t Limousine Bus the most convenient way to travel from Seoul and other major metropolitan areas to Incheon Airport?

Incheon Airport limousine buses are divided into regular buses and late-night buses. They operate not only to Seoul, but also to Gyeonggi-do, Incheon, Gangwon-do, Chungcheong-do, Jeolla-do and Gyeongsang-do. Don’t forget to check in advance because each region has a different schedule for first bus, intervals and fare.

If you’ve ever waited anxiously for a bus to come, pay attention!

If you know the real-time location of the airport bus, you would know when to leave the house, so you can avoid unnecessary waste of time, right?

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Mobile Searching

If you know the bus number you need to board, you can easily search the portal site to know everything of the bus from operation time, interval, station, to real-time location.

When you must move in the early morning because of the flight time? Use the late-night bus! There aren’t many stops like regular buses, but it’s useful for people living in Seoul.

Best in keeping time and speed! Airport Railroad (AREX)

If you want to arrive at Incheon Airport at the right time and quickly, using the Airport Railroad is recommended. There are two types of trains: a direct train and a regular train.

  • Direct Train: Seoul Station-Incheon Airport (non-stop)
  • Regular train: Stopping at all 14 stations to Incheon Airport

If you use a direct train from Seoul Station, you can get to Incheon Airport Terminal 1 in ‘43 minutes’ and Terminal 2 in ‘51 minutes’.

However, because the regular train stops at all 14 stations, it takes longer than the direct train. It takes 59 minutes to get to the Incheon Airport Terminal 1 and 66 minutes to get to the Terminal 2. Instead of taking a little more time, you can board the train at other stations besides Seoul Station! The superior accessibility is the advantage of regular trains.

(*Regular train route: Seoul – Gongdeok- Hongik Univ. – Digital Media City – Magoknaru – Kimpo Airport – Geoyang – Geomam – Cheongna International City – Yongjong – Unseo – Incheon Airport Terminal 1 – Incheon Airport Terminal 2)

Also, you can use the Seoul Station City Airport Terminal for free if you use a direct train. Here, you can check in the airline’s check-in, baggage check-in, and departure inspection quickly without waiting time. How about moving conveniently through departure way only for Incheon Airport at City Airport Terminal?

Wait! If you get off at Gwangmyeong Station by KTX after boarding at outside the Seoul metropolitan area (Busan, 2 Daegu, Gwangju, etc.), try using the Gwangmyeong Station City Airport Terminal! Like Seoul Station, you can check in and check departure inspection in advance, and get to Incheon Airport quickly and comfortably via the limousine bus.

Also, just like Seoul Station, the City Airport Terminal is operated at COEX in Samseong-dong, Seoul, so please keep that in mind!

* COEX City Airport use procedure information

When you have a lot of people to go with and a lot of luggage? 'Private car'

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What if you have too much luggage or a lot of people are moving with you? It can be more convenient to drive your own car than taking public transportation. However, you must check the cost and congestion when using the parking lot at the airport. It is because you might find out there are no space to park after arrival, or could get in trouble if you get a lot of parking fees while you’re abroad.

If you are using a car, please check the way to Incheon Airport, the location of the parking lot, the cost of the parking lot, and the congestion level in advance.J

If you think ‘I don’t have time to park!’ or ‘I didn’t check the parking lot location in advance!’ Why don’t you try Incheon Airport Parking Service?

 

It is available 24 hours a day as an official parking company of Incheon Airport, and parking conveniently and quickly is possible. J  

For more information, please refer to the link below!

So far, we have look through how to get to Incheon Airport. What kind of transportation do you usually choose when you go to Incheon Airport? We hope you enjoy a comfortable and pleasant journey from the airport by using various transportation methods. 🙂

[Destination City Traveling No.2] Tour to Bangkok, Thailand? I’m going on a learning trip!

Thailand

In Thailand, you can enjoy cultural heritage where history and tradition live, splendid night culture, and delicious food full of spices!

Among them, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the largest city in Southeast Asia, has been loved by passengers.

If you get away from this tour-focused trip and visit places you can only enjoy in the country, it could be happier trip.

china town

If you’ve been sick and tired of trip that only takes you to necessary courses, why don’t you now make plans for a trip that you can actually learn and get something?

Incheon Airport blog will introduce you to three exotic experience sites where you can fully experience Bangkok!

Journey to Bangkok, Thailand, starting at Incheon Airport!

Before introducing exotic travel destinations, the flight information to Bangkok, Thailand will be introduced

Bangkok, Thailand is one of 181 destination cities of Incheon Airport, and six domestic airlines of Incheon Airport (Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air, T’way Air and Eastar Jet) has launched to the city. In addition, many foreign airlines, including Thai Airways, a large national carrier of Thailand, are operating the Incheon Airport-Bangkok route.

With countless domestic and international airlines operating the Incheon Airport-Bangkok route, you can choose various dates and time zones to travel.

Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport
Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport

In Bangkok there are two major airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport. Most of flights go to, Suvarnabhumi Airport, some others go to Don Mueang Airport. It would be helpful to choose an airport based on your destination in Bangkok!

*Incheon Airport-Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) airlines: Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air, T’way Air and Eastar Jet

*Incheon Airport-Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) airline: Thai AirAsia X

As of February 2020

Most air routes from Incheon Airport to Bangkok, Thailand, are evening flights and often arrive in Bangkok at late night.

 

*Access to Incheon Airport-Bangkok Flight Information ▶https://www.airport.kr/ap/ko/dep/pasRegSchList.do

 

So why don’t you spend your first day of the trip at Incheon Airport with a variety of amenities?

Make a special travel course with unique foods, attractions and things to enjoy only at Incheon Airport!

 

*Access to Incheon Airport facilities and services information

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Incheon Airport Instagram ▶https://www.instagram.com/incheon_airport

The fact that there are so many Incheon Airport-Bangkok flights proves that Bangkok in Thailand is such a popular destination.

Incheon Airport- Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok) flying hours
Incheon Airport- Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok) flying hours

First of all, the flying hours between Incheon Airport and Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) is not long, averaging only 5 hours and 50 minutes. In addition, you can enjoy spa & massage, various tourist attractions and food at reasonable prices throughout the four seasons

bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand, has become the most popular destination for travelers, having consistently topped the list of number of passengers by route for several years! In 2019, the number of passengers was the highest among 181 destination cities of Incheon Airport.

2019 Incheon Airport Number of passengers by route
2019 Incheon Airport Number of passengers by route (Source: Airportal)

Only in Thailand? Into Bangkok's exotic experience sites!

Now you will be introduce of exotic experience sites of Bangkok, Thailand.

Learn original & traditional  ‘massage’ of Thailand

‘massage’ of Thailand

Thailand Massage is famous everywhere in the world, so much that a massage comes to mind when thinking about Thailand. That’s why many people cite ‘Massage’ as a must-do course for their trip to Bangkok. So why don’t you learn it yourself, instead of getting a massage on this trip? At Wat Po Thai Traditional Massage School, where you can learn traditional Thai Massage!

Wat Po Thai

‘Wat Po Thai Traditional Massage School’ is located in the Wat Po Temple, the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok. This place is always visited by tourists who want to receive or learn traditional Thai massage.

A course that tourists can learn massage in a short period of time is the General Thai Massage. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., tourists learn massage for 5 days (Monday to Friday), and can get a certificate if they pass the test on the last day.

For more specifics of massage and course introduction please check the link below!

Wat Po Thai Traditional Massage School: https://www.watpomassage.com/

Have a special trip by enjoying traditional Thai massage and getting certificate at Bangkok’s Wat Po Thai Traditional Massage School!

Learn traditional martial arts of Thailand, 'Muay Thai'

Muay Thai

If you think Thailand is famous only for massage, spa and food, you are mistaken!

As Taekwondo is Korean national martial art, there is Muay Thai, one of the national sports of Thailand. It’s a culture of Thailand’s soul and a traditional martial art that has been practiced for a very long time. Today, it is not only for the purpose of fighting but also regarded as a hobby sport for health.

Muay Thai2

Tourists can also experience Thai traditional Muay Thai in Bangkok. There are more than 100 Muay Thai gyms in downtown Bangkok alone, with each gym full of experienced coaches. So novice travelers can learn Muay Thai easily and funny. Each gym varies slightly, but you can participate in any number of classes, from one hour to one week, or whatever you want, according to your schedule.

*Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand

 

1. RSM(Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai Academy)

 ▶https://www.facebook.com/RsmAcademy/?ref=bookmarks

Gym popular to women for its clean facilities.

 

2. Krudam MuayThai School

http://www.krudamgym.com/

Gym run by the Muay Thai Champion who created the Muay Thai Curriculum himself.

 

3. Muay Thai Mania Academy

http://www.mtm-academy.com/

Gym with well-organized weight-loss programs, neat facilities and spacious spaces.

 

4. FIT FAC Muay Thai Academy

http://www.fitfacmuaythai.com/index.php

Gym where sports scientists reside and former Muay Thai fighters teach classes.

During your trip to Bangkok, why don’t you experience Muay Thai, train your body and mind and feel Thai culture fully?

Make 'Traditional Food' of  Thailand

Traditional Food

One of the easiest ways to feel a country’s culture is trying traditional food. On this trip to Bangkok, it would be better to cook and taste the ‘Traditional Food’ of Thailand and feel the culture of Thailand

So, the last experience site introduction is making traditional food of Thailand, which is very hot these days!

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Traditional Food3

Thailand’s traditional food making experience is very popular because even if you’re not good at cooking, you can easily learn it! Also, if you take classes in the morning, you can get a chance to tour a traditional market of Thailand and shop there.

You can see Bangkok’s local market and listen to detailed explanation, so two birds with one stone!

There are a set menu for each day of the week, so if you have any favorite dishes, please make a reservation by referring to the Cooking Class schedule in advance!

These were travel places where you can experience traditional Thai culture in Bangkok.

Why don’t you design your own special trip to experience Bangkok, not just as a simple sight-seeing tour?