Photo Journal: 안녕하세요, 한국! (Hello, Korea!)

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Guess who’s back at Gathering Books? =)

I just got back in San Diego on Monday, April 13th, from my two-week stay in the Philippines. It was too short for a vacation but too long to be away from my desktop and writing for Gathering Books. But now I’m back! Yay! For my comeback post, I decided to post pictures from my recent trip, and I realized just now how perfect these photo journal posts are for our current theme, From Asia with Love. It wasn’t my first time flying alone, although it’s my first time paying for a full price roundtrip ticket AND flying alone after more than five years of living in San Diego. I decided to fly via Korean Air, and it was such a wonderful experience. Thanks to BBC’s Sherlock, my 13-hour flight from Los Angeles to Seoul, Korea only felt like 5 hours, maybe less. The food was delicious and the flight attendants were so friendly.

It was my first time at Incheon International Airport in Korea, and I loved it! It didn’t look like an airport at all but a huge shopping mall. It was very clean, the signs were huge, and shops were everywhere. Two hours would go by fast just walking around the airport. On my flight back, there was a group of violinists playing in one of the main hallways. I was thrilled to find lots of coffee and dessert shops as well as a book shop! It was a whole lot of fun. Here are the pictures I took while walking around Incheon. By the way, it’s so easy to connect to their Wi-Fi. I love it! All photos were taken by me and edited through my phone. Enjoy!

This looks like a shopping mall with holiday decorations.

This looks like a shopping mall with holiday decorations.

This is where travelers can check departure times.

This is where travelers can check departure times.

Incheon has a lot of stores for cosmetics and perfumes.

Incheon has a lot of stores for cosmetics and perfumes.

While every hall looks the same, you won't get lost since signs like this are everywhere.

While every hall looks the same, you won’t get lost since signs like this are everywhere.

Airport clock.

Airport clock. My waiting area is in Gate 10.

If you're too tired, they have walkalators you can use.

If you’re too tired, they have walkalators you can use.

Next time I stop over at Korea, I'll be sure to try going inside the Korea Traditional Cultural Experience Center. I forgot to ask how much for their services.

Next time I stop over at Korea, I’ll be sure to try going inside the Korea Traditional Cultural Experience Center. I forgot to ask how much for their services.

Books, K-Pop CDs, stationery, and all that good stuff. Books are expensive, but the prices are only a little over the dollar prices.

Books, K-Pop CDs, stationery, and all that good stuff. Books are expensive, but only a little over the dollar prices.

A more close-up view of the walkalator.

A more close-up view of the walkalator.

Of course, they also have escalators.

Of course, they also have escalators.

Kids that get on your nerves? No problem. Here's a mini-playground for them!

Kids that get on your nerves? No problem. Here’s a mini-playground for them!

If you live in a city like San Diego where Dunkin' Donuts are hard to come by, they have it here! Yum!

If you live in a city like San Diego where Dunkin’ Donuts are hard to come by, they have it here! Yum!

Spacious waiting area with comfortable seats.

Spacious waiting area with comfortable seats.

A partial view outside.

A partial view outside.

 

What about you?
Have you been to Incheon International Airport in Korea?
What’s your favorite airport?

2 Comments on Photo Journal: 안녕하세요, 한국! (Hello, Korea!)

  1. Super duper welcome back my love!!!!!

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