Culture and Nature at Incheon Airport?

Airports as we know it are changing—they are not just places for visitors to travel, but where they can stay, experience culture and nature, and discover new things.

This post will introduce you to how such changes are taking place in Incheon Airport and how Incheon Airport will change in the future!

Let’s travel back in time to the Joseon dynasty!

Despite the convenience of various automated systems having significantly shortened the immigration procedure, passengers still end up spending three to five hours at the airport due to air travel protocol. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly important to enhance the airport’s services to provide quality travel experiences.

In line with this sentiment, Incheon Airport has been providing various art programs to become an airport of culture and nature. With the Walk of the Royal Family and Gate Guard Changing Ceremony, which reenact the daily life of the royal family in the Joseon dynasty, and Talchum, which captures Korean taste and style, Incheon Airport showcases traditional Korean art and culture as well as various artworks from famous Korean and global artists to grow as a cultural center.

Are Culture and nature trending at other international airports?

It is becoming an international trend for airports to transform into a cultural space.

This is in part because airports compete to become a hub airport. It is important for airports to provide creative and attractive services as a stopover.

Singapore Changi Airport attracts passengers with gardens and playgrounds, while Amsterdam Airport Schiphol establishes a young and stylistic image with tulips and spatial design symbolizing the Netherlands. Hong Kong International Airport also uses the image of Hong Kong, which includes shopping and gourmet, and is becoming a Hong Kong-like airport with luxury shopping stores and restaurants.

Dreaming to become an island of culture and nature beyond an airport

Incheon Airport’s endeavors are still ongoing. It tries to include more diverse and new content so that it can be not just a place for departure but also arrival. One of Incheon Airport’s concerted efforts is its mid- to long-term roadmap as an airport of culture and nature.

The mid- and long-term roadmap consists of three phases: phase 1 prepares the foundation of an airport based on culture and nature; phase 2 establishes the airport culture and economic zone; and phase 3 completes ICN as an “Island of Culture and Nature” by connecting with the local economy and establishing Incheon as an island of culture and nature. Let’s take a look at it in more detail.

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In phase 1, a strong foundation as an airport of culture and nature is being built by establishing a brand identity, building a mid- to long-term master plan, and installing landmark structures.

To become an airport of culture and nature, there has to be more than just changing the airport itself. The local economy must grow together to generate air travel demand and establish the airport culture and economic zone. To do so, Incheon Airport will take the lead in developing cultural and natural landmarks in the local airport economic zone and establishing spaces for culture and nature for the local community.

What if we connect the Airport Culture and Economic Zone and the local economy? The ultimate vision of Incheon Airport is an island of culture and nature. The mid- to long-term roadmap aims to spread excitement about Incheon Airport across the entire island and complete culture and nature airport branding. This is a future where the local area to which Incheon Airport belongs becomes a place of culture and nature.

Let’s imagine, shall we? In the near future, coastal walkways with artworks could become a tourist attraction you must check out after visiting Incheon Airport. A balance between art and nature can be established as Incheon Airport’s original branding image. Furthermore, if future means of transportation, such as maglev and autonomous driving buses, connect with air travel, a giant culture and art belt can be created around Incheon Airport. That means another tourist attraction will be created promoting the appeal of Korea.

We have so far looked at the present and future of Incheon Airport as an airport of culture and nature. Are you looking forward to Incheon Airport becoming a center of culture and nature beyond just where you board airplanes? Incheon Airport will grow together with the local area and work hard to become an airport of culture and nature. We look forward to your support!

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