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!

[ICN Business – Logistics #1] Know the logistics to understand the airport


An airport serves as a gateway for transportation while also being hub for business. This is because it has a great impact on the regional and national economies, creating tens of thousands of jobs and driving the development of related industries.

Through this series, [ICN Business], we would like to introduce the lesser-known appeals of Incheon Airport, which takes the lead of businesses such as logistics, Airport Economic Zone, overseas business, hubs, and construction.


Imagine this.

 

What process does a lobster in Halifax, Canada go through to get to the table of a consumer in Korea? The lobster is first captured, loaded onto a mode of transportation, and shipped across borders. It seems easy when said aloud, but there are many hidden steps within this process.

 

What if…

“live lobsters”

are added to this situation? It must not be easy to keep lobsters alive while shipping them all the way to Korea, right?

Incheon Airport boasts extensive and systematic logistics infrastructure that allows for fast and proper shipment of “cargo” including lobsters. It also provides various technical and institutional support. To help you better understand what Incheon Airport does, we would like to talk about the overall concept and flow of “air logistics” in this post.

#1) What is logistics, and why is it important?

Logistics refers to the “flow of objects” between their point of origin and the point of consumption. In other words, it refers to a process that makes it efficient to transport goods produced by the supplier to the consumer. If transported by ship, it is referred to as maritime transport. If shipped by airplane, it is referred to as air transport. Air logistics collectively refers to a broader process that includes the transport of goods.

In a global era where all types of goods and human resources are exchanged across the world, ensuring “logistical competitiveness” itself carries huge implications. Cargo volume increases where logistics are actively supported, and a higher cargo volume leads to more added value and jobs and a vitalized national economy. As of 2019, Incheon Airport’s cargo volume stands at 2.76 million tons, the third largest in the world. The third largest in the world. Amazing, right?

What made this possible? As Incheon Airport is located in the center of the Asia Pacific, it is best positioned geographically as a logistics hub. An amazing fact is that 32% of the global population, or 2 billion people, live within just 2 hours 30 minutes of Incheon Airport by air! This is why Incheon Airport positions itself proudly at the center of international business.

#2) Does Incheon Airport have terminals other than T1 and T2?

Airplanes are divided into “passenger airplanes” and “cargo airplanes,” depending on what they predominately transport. Passenger airplanes are the ones that passengers board. These types of airplanes carry passengers’ luggage, including carry-ons, in the belly cargo on the underside of the plane. Other types of cargo are loaded and shipped separately in cargo airplanes.

 

Passenger airplanes and cargo airplanes stay in different places, respectively. If passenger airplanes come into passenger terminals, where do cargo airplanes go? They come into cargo terminals!

The cargo terminals are located in a place that ordinary passengers cannot easily access. As you can see in the aerial photograph above, they are located in the Free-Trade Zone far away from the passenger terminals.

The Incheon International Airport Free-Trade Zone is garnering attention as the logistics hub of Northeast Asia as it ensures free manufacturing, logistics, distribution, and trade activities, provides rent that is 10-30% cheaper than that in the nearby area, and offers in-bond benefits. It is divided into the Cargo Terminal Area and Airport Logis Park.

The Cargo Terminal Area is the place where cargo is directly loaded into cargo airplanes. Here, security is very important as it borders both the *airside (A/S) and the *landside (L/S).

  • Airside: Area that includes the airport facilities required for takeoff and landing of airplanes such as the runway, landing strip, taxiway, apron, etc.
  • Landside: Area that includes passenger and cargo processing facilities, parking lots/garages, other subsidiary facilities, etc.

The Airport Logis Park is a free-trade zone established to store, package, and ship incoming cargo, supporting imports and exports of air cargo in Korea. It is also referred to as hinterland which facilitates the efficient operation of cargo terminals.

#3) Air logistics flow understood through the “lobster” shipping example

Now that you understand the basic concept, we will explain how cargo is transported from place to place. Let’s get back to the lobster shipping example.

  1. Frozen-packed lobsters are loaded in cargo trucks at a lobster center in Canada and sent to Halifax Airport.
  1. A cargo airplane of ☆☆ Airlines containing the lobsters arrives at Incheon Airport after a 20-hour flight. More precisely, it arrives at the “cargo terminal,” right? Of course, this is not the end of the story.
  1. Next is customs, which is a process that thoroughly checks whether the goods can be brought into the country, and then comes classification within the cargo terminal.
  1. After successfully passing customs, the lobsters move to Incheon Airport Logis Park. They are temporarily stored in a fresh cargo warehouse in Logis Park.
  1. After being re-classified depending on their destination, the lobsters are loaded in cargo trucks and sent to various wholesalers and retailers such as markets and restaurants.

I would like to give lobsters a pat on the back and tell them, “Job well done,” for flying such a long distance and going through this whole process.

In conclusion, today we took a look at the very basics for understanding air logistics, including the basic concept of logistics, logistics facilities at the airport such as cargo terminals and Logis Park, and the overall logistical flow as seen through the lobster shipping process.

 

Next time, we will introduce Incheon Airport Logis Park in greater detail. If you are wondering why the Logis Park is so great, wait for our second post on logistics!

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!

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!