Top 3 Best Sunrise Spots Around Incheon Airport

An eventful 2020 is coming to a close. At a time when carefree daily life has become a thing of the past due to COVID-19, aren’t you wondering what future 2021 holds for us?

That’s why we prepared this post! While wishing you a happy 2021, we would like to introduce to you some places which help you refresh and start again. This post will cover the top 3 best sunrise spots around Incheon Airport worth knowing if you come visit us around the beginning of next year. Let’s take a look at them!

Geojampo Wharf, a wharf where the sun rises and sets

There is a spot to catch the sunrise just 7 km from Terminal 1 of Incheon Airport. It is Geojampo Wharf, which is crowded with tourists on New Year’s Day.

Geojampo Wharf is a special place where you can see both the sunrise and sunset! Hence, it is nicknamed a wharf where the sun rises and sets. This is a place where you can see the last sunset of the year on December 31st and the first sunrise of a new year. Curious to find out more? Keep reading!

There is another reason why Geojampo Wharf is so special. You can see a breathtaking sunrise against the background of Maedorang, also known as a shark islet for its resemblance to a shark’s fin! When the sun slowly rises next to Maedorang, everyone makes a wish and new year’s resolution.

After you make a new year’s wish watching this beautiful sunrise, you will surely feel hungry. There are many restaurants around Geojampo Wharf where you can have breakfast! It is also easy to get there as it is just a 5-minute walk from Yongyu Station, the last station of Incheon Airport’s Maglev Line. Let’s go on a trip to Geojampo Wharf to catch a romantic sunrise!


Location

11, Jamjindo-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon

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From Terminal 1

  • Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1 Station (Maglev Line) in the direction of Long Term Parking Station (bound for Yongyu Station) → Get off Yongyu Station → Walk for 8 min → Arrive at Geojampo Wharf
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From Terminal 2

  • Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 2 Station (AREX) in the direction of Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1 Station (bound for Seoul Station) → Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1 → Transfer to the Maglev Line → Get off Yongyu Station → Walk for 8 min → Arrive at Geojampo Wharf
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Seoksangot, where the sun sits over the bridge

Seoksangot, located 7 km from Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1 just like Geojampo Wharf, is another famous sunrise spot. This is because you can see the sun rising above the main towers of the Incheondaegyo Bridge.

While Geojampo Wharf is a wharf where the sun rises and sets, Seoksangot is characterized by a sunrise above the sea and city. It is an exotic sunrise spot where the sun rising above Songdo International Business District harmonizes with the main towers of the Incheondaegyo Bridge, making you appreciate both nature and the city. Like Geojampo Wharf, it provides a special landscape with small fishing boats and ships docked in mudflats. Don’t you want to see for yourself the harmony of the Incheondaegyo Bridge and nature?

After seeing the sunrise, it would be a good idea to visit Yeongjongdo Sky Garden near Seoksangot. In this place where airplanes are flying over your head, let’s watch them pass and hope that we can fly freely someday soon!

Seoksangot, a sunrise spot where you can feel the attractiveness of nature and city at once! How about watching a red sunrise slowly rising above the Incheondaegyo Bridge and making a wish for 2021?


Location

2854-2, Unseo-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon

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Taxi recommended; no public transport

  • Taxi stand at Terminal 1: Transportation Center on 1F (8C-9C for regular taxi / 4C for international taxi)
  • Taxi stand at Terminal 2: Transportation Center on 1F

Ara Maru Observatory on Gyeongin Ara Waterway, a thrilling glass floor skywalk

The last sunrise spot is Ara Maru Observatory on Gyeongin Ara Waterway famous for its thrilling skywalk on the glass floor. Gyeongin Ara Waterway is the first canal in Korea connecting the sea in Incheon and the Hangang River. Ara Maru Observatory is famous for having the best view of this waterway.

Ara Maru is a round observatory located in a valley with its entire floor made of glass. The floor with 46 meters in diameter is made up of 3-layer reinforced glass, while handrails are made up of 2-layer reinforced glass. It is exciting yet scary as if you are walking in the sky. Imagine what a sunrise would be like here! Wouldn’t it feel as if you walk in the sky while watching the sun rise? Be sure to remember Ara Maru Observatory if you want to experience a sunrise with different sensation! J

After watching the sunrise, you can walk in a walkway built along the waterway or have a hot cup of coffee to warm you up in a rest area in front of the observatory. The rest area has a convenience store, food court, and cafe, where you can grab a bite! Keep in mind that the rest area opens at 9 AM!

Finally, check here for sunrise time, which is important for your sunrise trip! J


Location

Gyeongin Ara Waterway Ara Maru, 228, Ara-ro, Gyeyang-gu, Incheon

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From Terminal 1

  • Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1 Station (AREX) in the direction of Incheon Int’l Airport Cargo Terminal Station (bound for Seoul Station) → Get off Gyeyang Station, and transfer to bus 597 at Exit 1 → Arrive at Ara Maru Observatory in Duksil-dong
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From Terminal 2

  • Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 2 Station (AREX) in the direction of Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1 Station (bound for Seoul Station) → Get off Gyeyang Station, and transfer to bus 597 at Exit 1 → Arrive at Ara Maru Observatory in Duksil-dong
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We have looked at three sunrise spots around Incheon Airport. Let’s make a new year’s resolution and wish in one of these sunrise attractions! Incheon Airport hopes that COVID-19 goes away as quickly as possible and we can meet passengers excited about their travel soon.

Heartwarming Commercial Campaigns From Airports Across the World

An airport has been considered a place where you stay as little as possible before visiting somewhere special. We used to say true memories are made from the moment when we get out of the airport.

“What if we create good memories for passengers, which can only be experienced inside the airport?”

The commercial campaigns, which brought new sensations to passengers following their regular routine in the airport, began with this question. This post introduces campaigns held by the London Heathrow Airport, the Canadian West Jet, and the Incheon Airport! 😊

London Heathrow Airport, “Coming Home for Christmas”

Heathrow Airport is an airport near London, representing the UK. It is the largest airport in the UK, the most crowded in Europe, and the third-most crowded airport in the world.

During the winter of 2016, Heathrow Airport drew a lot of attention when it first revealed the commercial “Coming Home for Christmas,” featuring the travel of an elderly teddy bear couple.

The camera follows the teddy bear couple, who picks up their baggage and finds an exit, with warmth in their heart. The couple, arriving at the exit, looks for someone among the crowd waiting for their loved ones. Then, two kids run into the arms of the couple, and the commercial ends with teddy bears switched to humans and hugging their grandkids.

This commercial delivers the warm message that the best gift of all” is being together with your family, which caught the attention of the world. Most of the people wants to spend a warm end-of-the-year with their beloved ones. Many people seemed to empathize with Heathrow Airport’s campaign.

West Jet, “Real-time Giving”

West Jet is an airline headquartered in Calgary, Canada. It is the second largest airline in Canada, following Air Canada.

West Jet unveiled a video titled “Christmas Miracle: Real-time Giving” during the winter of 2013. As its name suggests, it features the event of giving out gifts in real time.

At the event zone installed by West Jet within the airport premises, Santa appears on the screen, asking passengers the gifts they wanted to receive this Christmas. The video dynamically captures the process of how West Jet quickly noted down the list of gifts responded by the passengers until the gifts were delivered even before the passengers could arrive at their destination.

It was impressive to see people satisfied and happy with the gifts and especially a couple who mentioned a big screen TV. This was a campaign that delivered a message saying, miracles do happen when we all work as one.

Incheon Airport, “Experience the Wonders of Korea”

And of course, there is a campaign from Incheon Airport! As a smart airport, Incheon Airport provided a different level of fun with its VR-based commercial campaign, “Experience the Wonders of Korea,” showcased at the end of 2016.

This campaign answers the question on how to turn boredom of passengers waiting in the airport into excitement” with a great idea of bringing the virtual world into reality. It was a surprise event where they set up a VR experience booth inside the airport, where the images the passengers saw in VR were transformed into reality right in front of their eyes. When they took their headset off after seeing various images of Korea in VR, they were surprised to see what they saw from VR unfolding before their eyes.

This campaign was designed to allow people to experience various traditions in Korea such as food, fashion, and martial arts and gained positive feedbacks from both Korean and international passengers. It must have helped foreign tourists who visited Korea for the first time to get more interested in Korea after experiencing such joy and excitement at Incheon Airport, right?

Incheon Airport had again prepared something special at the end of last year to allow passengers to begin a new year with more happiness—the “Hello to Your New Year” holiday campaign! It’s an event that when passengers say hello in front of the booths set up at two different places, they would receive gifts from Korean lucky bags. Click the link below to see more details about the campaign. 😊

So far, we have looked at the heartwarming commercial campaigns from airports across the world, by turning our expectations or giving out unexpected gifts! These campaigns seem to give us the message of how to make use of expectations” of participants. While it is a shame that we cannot do more campaigns due to COVID-19, we hope to see new commercial campaigns at airports crowded with passengers, surprising passengers at the end of next year! 😊

Which Would You Pick as the Best Airport?

Every year, we can see the world’s best airport announced on the news. Who judges and under what criteria? Generally, flight service consulting companies rank airports through various polls and surveys. A major consulting company of such is Skytrax.

Skytrax is a UK-based consultancy that specializes in airport and airline reviews. The company awards in 20 categories every year, based on online surveys about key services of airports, such as check-in, arrival, transit, and shopping, targeting travelers from around the world.

Then, what is the rank for Incheon Airport, the main gate of the Republic of Korea, that has been summed up by Skytrax? Incheon Airport took first place in the categories of terminal and transit airport at the 2020 World Airport Awards held by Skytrax in May this year. It was awarded the World’s Best Airport Terminal and the World’s Best Transit Airport. In particular, Terminal 2 of Incheon Airport was acknowledged as the best airport terminal in the world within three years after its opening in January 2018!

World's top ranking! What’s the secret to Incheon Airport’s excellence?

The secret to Incheon Airport’s becoming the world’s top airport is its introduction of convenient, smart technologies and the culture & arts service that showcase the beauty of Korea.

Unlike other airports, Incheon Airport shows strong IT power from the boarding process. You can use various convenient smart technologies, from Smart Check-in Zone where you can check-in and bag drop by yourself to AI chatbot services where you can easily find the answers to your curiosities. Additionally, there are AIRSTAR guide robots around the airport to help travelers with cutting-edge ICT technologies including autonomous driving and voice recognition.

As the main airport of the Republic of Korea, Incheon Airport is not simply a gate of transportation, but it also gives unique impressions and a pleasant experience to domestic and foreign travelers. In it, there are large-scale artworks of domestic and foreign artists installed and the access road to the airport is like a gallery where artworks are displayed as well. Additionally, you can enjoy traditional cultural performances that may make the audience touched and excited, such as “Walk of the Royal Family,” and “Changing of the Guards Ceremony.”

Incheon Airport was not only awarded the World’s Best Airport Terminal but also the World’s Best Transit Airport two years in a row. It was praised as it provides tailormade transit programs, including a convenient and rapid transit process, various transit convenience facilities, and a multi-language transit information service.

Voters’ pick for the Best Airport in the World!

Skytrax is selecting the world’s best airport at the end of 2020 again through the vote of travelers from around the world. What airport would be the world’s top airport this time?

It is said that there is an airport that has become a role model for other airports around the world in preemptive response to COVID-19 and disinfection as it is ranked first place in Airport Service Quality (ASQ) 13 years in a row 😊 You know which airport it is. We hope there will be another good score for the clean and clear Incheon Airport this time again. Thank you for your support!

Green Survival! Incheon Airport, Transforming Into A Low Carbon and Eco-Friendly Airport

We are now living in a time of green survival when environmental protection is not an option, but a must. Environment can no longer be neglected, even in business management. From big issues such as climate crisis to smaller ones such as particulates, various environmental problems are demanding for greater corporate social responsibility.

Incheon Airport is also striving for sustainable management by establishing a vision for eco-friendly management and converting into an energy-independent airport. In this post, we’ll tell you about the blueprints of Incheon Airport for realizing corporate social responsibility and what we have been working on!

Incheon Airport’s vision for eco-friendly management and 4 major initiatives

A crystal-clear vision can function as a strong motivation of behavior. While continuing our innovations on converging the Industry 4.0 and fostering the services as an international airport, Incheon Airport is placing great importance in its vision as a global-leading, low-carbon and eco-friendly airport.

Incheon Airport’s 4 major initiatives that support its vision are specific missions made to accomplish the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They include 1) Advancement of eco-friendly management, 2) Improvement of energy efficiency, 3) Increased low-carbon operations, and 4) Reinforced management of environmental resources.

  • While the “advancement of eco-friendly management” focuses on improving the energy management system and the management structure,
  • “Improvement of energy efficiency” looks for specific ways to strengthen energy efficiency and implementing new energies.
  • For “increased low-carbon operations,” innovative measures such as an expanded eco-friendly traffic system or carbon offset programs will be implemented,
  • As well as focusing on strengthening the management of environmental resources that monitor and manage the above.

Incheon Airport is also engaging in activities that share environmental values with the world. Incheon Airport regularly publishes its environmental reports and participates in activities to keep the environment clean!

Incheon Airport’s 4 major initiatives

1) Advancement of eco-friendly management

Let’s find out what Incheon Airport is doing to become an eco-friendly airport! Incheon Airport is in pursuit of being a “Green, Eco, Smart Airport,” and decorated spaces according to these themes.

To be a green airport, Incheon Airport created eco-friendly and ecological foundation and experiential spaces, as well as a green space in the east and west sides of Terminal 2. To be an eco airport, Incheon Airport installed solar energy generators on the rooftop of the terminal to shed natural lights inside the airport. Finally, to be a smart airport, Incheon Airport applied the latest information and communications technology (ICT) and installed a greenhouse inventory that can effectively reduce carbon emissions.

Like this, Incheon Airport has been focusing on projects to improve the airport environment through activities for reducing particulates, noises, and carbon emissions. This is how Incheon Airport is now able to provide smart services with eco-friendly and the latest ICT technologies applied from the airport entrance!

2) Improvement of energy efficiency

In Incheon Airport, there’s a department in charge of the measurement of environmental quality within the airport by monitoring the atmosphere, aircraft noise, water quality, and indoor air quality for 24 hours a day.

Real-time Environmental Monitoring Facilities

Incheon Airport operates a remote monitoring system to watch the outlets of water treatment facilities and prevent the leak of pollutants by inspecting the main waterways of the airport.

At the same time, Incheon Airport increased the recycling rate of waste up to 69 percent from 2019 and strive for the reuse of waste, sanitary sewage, and water resources through systematic management of the resource recovery facility, resource sorting facility, and graywater facility.

3) Reinforced management of environmental resources

Let’s not forget about energy management. Incheon Airport uses a building energy management system that shares data of energy use in real time to analyze the pattern of energy use within the airport and reduce it by finding out from which areas the airport is unnecessarily wasting energy.

Terminal 1 - Building Energy Management System

Another important point related to energy management is Incheon Airport’s effort to strengthening an energy-independent foundation. Incheon Airport is actively working on a paradigm shift for new and renewable energy needed for airport operations through expanding and applying new and renewable energy of the phase 4 construction of Incheon Airport and increasing solar energy generators.

There are detailed tasks that are conducted along for saving energy and improving energy efficiency. Incheon Airport is continuously setting a goal for reducing energy use and discovering areas for reduction in each department. Incheon Airport has also replaced facilities with high energy-efficiency equipment, practices energy saving, uses new and renewable energy, and promotes energy saving to companies stationed in the airport. Thanks to these endeavors, Incheon Airport achieved great results like the following!

2019 Performance of Energy-saving Activities

4) Increased low-carbon operations

To expand low-carbon operations, Incheon Airport proposed the operation of the airport collaborative decision-making (A-CDM), establishment of eco-friendly traffic system, and minimization of carbon footprints with the objective to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from aircrafts.

Firstly, A-CDM is a single system that exchanges the time information of flight movements to predict flight operation times and manage target times. This system allows enhanced airport capacity, control the take-off times, and reduce waiting hours. This cutting-edge system optimized the management of resources, such as fuel, equipment, and human resources, reducing the amount of fuel used on the ground as well as carbon emissions.

In addition, like you can see from the image above, Incheon Airport established an eco-friendly traffic infrastructure and charging stations for electric cars with the aim to reduce carbon emissions from means of transportation. Incheon Airport will be implementing low emission cars, such as electric cars, hybrid cars, and compressed natural gas buses, for some of the airport’s official vehicles.

Carbon Footprint of Incheon International Airport

Finally, Incheon Airport strives to reduce its carbon footprint. Like in the image above, Incheon Airport monitors the greenhouse gas that is discharged directly and indirectly during our airport operations and works on reducing the amount of emissions.

So, we shared Incheon Airport’s vision and initiatives as well as direction for eco-friendly management. Aren’t there more changes going on than it appears? Incheon Airport will continue to create a sustainable airport environment to realize our vision as a “global-leading, low-carbon and eco-friendly airport”! We ask for your continued interest and support. 😊