Explore South Korea [Part II]
Incheon International Airport has been deemed the best airport in the world, eleven years running. Aside from the normal slew of fast food chains you’d expect, there’s a significant selection of stores, duty free shops, and cafe’s behind the security line; so even if your flight’s delayed a bit you’ll have a good time. Before you check in, you can dine at some high scale resturants, skate at the roller skating/ice skating rink, or just sit back a relax. Our entry into the country was easy and stress free. While our departure was brought with some internal delays on American Airlines end, their compensation was very accommodating— our extra day in South Korea was spent at Incheon International for 10 hours straight :( and one of the best hotels I’ve ever slept in for our overnight say (and at no cost ;)
Our departing flight cancellation wasn’t a total loss, as we were able to rebook on a Korean Air flight the next day. If you have a chance to fly Korean Air, I can tell you it’s worth the extra cost. Aside from the roomy seating (even in coach), every seatback is equipped with a 10-inch touch screen entertainment tablet— filled with audiobooks, TV shows, and over 50 hours worth of timeless classics and new release feature films. On our return flight to Chicago I watched Deadpool, The Revenant, The Force Awakens, Zealander 2, and still had a few hours to listen to podcasts, read books, and play some video games. Complimentary slippers, blankets, drinks, and six meals made it one of the most comfortable flights in my life.
Focusing back on our time spent in Korea; transportation from place to place was the subway. Trains in South Korea were clean, convenient, and kept to a tight schedule— seriously, there were mobile apps that alerted you to train locations down to the minute. Most of the underground was filled with small shops, cafe’s, eateries, convenience stores, and a wealth of kiosks and stands to buy cheap goods. Each station was like entering a small mall. The turnstiles operate on NFC cards, and rides have a variable sliding cost… tapping the terminals upon entry and exit, your card is charged based on the distance traveled.