Korean Air Seoul-Incheon Airport Prestige Lounge, April 2011

The previous posts of this two and a half week quasi-‘Round the World adventure:

April 15, 2011

I love these enormous departure boards.

I was pleasantly surprised to find their home Prestige lounge open at 4am, even though on their website it says that it doesn’t open until 6am.  But then again, why would Korean Air have such a prominent flight arrive, only to have the First & Prestige (business) passengers wait in the terminal with no lounge to relax in.  That makes no sense.

KE loves having to cross a bridge/tunnel to get to their lounge

The Prestige class and First class lounges had separate and dedicated entranceways.

When I got there, obviously it was still pretty empty.  I only counted about 4 people in the lounge.  I lingered on the plane a little bit longer to take a few pictures during deplaning, so I was one of the last premium cabin passengers to get off the plane.

Its a pretty large club, though nowhere near as large as the KLM Crown Lounge in Amsterdam Schiphol.

Front half has dividers for more privacy

Back half sans dividing walls

View from the lounge

Buffet spread

.....the plethora of wine & spirits.

Ever have these before? I haven't.

Plenty of soft drinks available.

Water packaged in a jello cup. I've never seen this anywhere else in the world except this lounge. Guess I should look around more.

Catering for the lounges is provided by the Hyatt Regency Incheon.  Not the best I’ve tried, but better than average.

Only Continental breakfast at 4:30am.

Didn't bother me though. I could eat croissants all day long.

At about 7am-ish, they brought out the hot food.

They tasted better than they looked

Special?

Didn't try it, though it probably not bad.

They also brought out some more pastries too.

Cheese danish, Green tea muffins

At about 10am or so, lunch stuff started coming out, though the hot lunch items came a little later.

This pasta salad was delicious. I think I came back 3 times for it.

Just as I was leaving, these came out. Wish I could've had some more, but it was a long walk, and I didn't want to get stuck just over some dim sum.

There weren’t any fancy amenities out of the normal in this lounge, except for the free international calls via skype.  There were a couple terminals like these along the window desks.

The internet was fast, I didn’t notice any slowdown when people started flowing in.  If you need anything, like a room key for the showers, or a plug adapter, or help with printing something, just ask the desk clerk near the coffee island.  There is a small button to page them if they are away from the desk.  Simple showers, with more than enough toiletries for any traveler. They provide two bath towels (I assume one for a floor towel?  or maybe one for hair?) and a small hand towel.  I didn’t have to wait long for a shower.  And to make sure you don’t walk off with their key, they make you give them your upcoming boarding pass.

Simple shower room, getting a little old though. In Asia, in many places, what they refer to the "bathroom" is just that. A place to clean yourself. The "toilet" is usually separate in a different room. Makes sense. Why excrete in the same place you make yourself clean?

If you don’t have the luxury of an airline lounge, there are also several other lounges in the airport that you can pay entry into.  But I wasn’t about to pay unless somebody else is picking up the tab.  If you don’t feel like paying, Incheon Airport is one of the most friendly to spend a long amount of time in.  Unlike many other airports, there is free wifi throughout the entire airport.  There are plenty of food and drink options, a viewing area of the runway, a spa and massage, a foreigners only casino (located outside the airport inside the Hyatt Regency, easy immigration to leave the airport, free transport to hotel), even a golf course and driving range!  Also, there are various free museums and cultural experiences.

Free for foreigners, and there are many things you can see/do there, including wear traditional clothes and learn their calligraphy

Wouldn't be S. Korea without shopping.

Next time I’m through ICN, I’ll only swing by the lounge quickly to eat, drink, and freshen up, then see more of what the airport has to offer.  If you ever have an itinerary that goes through ICN and it says the layover is at least 6 hours long, don’t automatically dismiss it!  There’s so much to do, you’ll find it one of the most pleasant connections you’ll ever do.  If you have a lot of time, they have day tours you can take of the surrounding area, or even Seoul (its about an hour away).

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4 Responses to “Korean Air Seoul-Incheon Airport Prestige Lounge, April 2011”

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  3. can i pay to get in the lounge?

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