Gimpo International Airport is an airport in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to the construction of Incheon International Airport, Gimpo International Airport was South Korea’s main airport. Now, it primarily operates domestic flights and a few international flights to China, Taiwan, and Japan. Gimpo International Airport was designated as the international airport of Seoul in 1958 and has grown significantly since.
Airport Layout & Amenities
Gimpo International Airport has two passenger terminals, one cargo terminal, and two airport runways. Several major regional airlines fly to the airport, such as Air China, All Nippon Airways (ANA), EVA Air, Japan Airlines, and China Airlines. The airport is the hub for Asiana Airlines and Korean Air.
The terminals are equipped with modern amenities, including restaurants, money changers, retail shops, luggage storage, a medical clinic and pharmacy, and baby care facilities. There are also airline lounges located on Level 3 of Terminals 1 and 2, which have facilities such as computers, fax machines, and meeting rooms.
The airport also provide free wireless Internet. There are many daily direct flights from Hong Kong to Seoul on airlines such as Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Jeju Air, Eastar Jet, Jin Air, and Thai Airways, just to name a few. The flight journey will take only 3.5 hours.
Currency in South Korea
The currency used in South Korea is the South Korean Won, with an exchange rate of HK$1 to ₩157.
Transportation in Seoul
The airport is located about 16 km away from Seoul. You can get to the city centre via subway, bus, or taxi. The airport is connected to Gimpo International Airport Station -- via Seoul Subway Line 5, 9, or Airport Railroad -- by an underground passageway. Cheap and convenient, the subway is your best transportation option to downtown Seoul.
There are also various buses that take travellers to various destinations within and outside the city. Many “limousine” buses will have drop-off points at major hotels, while the public buses travel to major transit hubs in the city. Limousine bus tickets cost about ₩14,000 (HK$87.50) while public bus tickets cost about ₩8,000 (HK$50).
There are many bus ticket sellers (distinguished by their vests) who will be near the arrivals area from whom tickets can be purchased. Travellers can also take taxis into the city. The starting fare for regular taxis is ₩1,900 (HK$11) with a ₩1,000 (HK$6.25) incremental increase for every kilometre travelled thereafter. Luxury taxis cost more, with a rate of ₩4,500 (HK$28) for every 3 km travelled and ₩200 (HK$1.25) for every 164 metres.
Sightseeing in Seoul
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a sprawling metropolis located on the banks of the Han River. Seoul has a humid continental climate, and has four seasons. August is usually the hottest month of the year, with temperatures averaging 22.4 to 29.6 degrees Celsius. Winter is usually cold, with temperatures often averaging 0 degrees Celsius.
However, Seoul attracts visitors at any time of the year as there are activities and things to see no matter the season. Consistently ranked as one of Asia’s most livable cities, Seoul offers an excellent quality of life and has many fun activities for the old and the young alike to indulge in. One of the main pastimes in Seoul is shopping.
There is an abundance of shopping areas to explore – such as Myeong-Dong (the city’s biggest shopping district), Namdaemun Market (the largest traditional market in South Korea), and Dongdaemun Market (a popular clothes and street food market). Shopping addicts will rejoice to know that many of the markets close as late as 7am!
Another favourite pastime is café-hopping, and there is no better area than Hongdae, an area well known for its cafes, bars, clubs, and underground music festivals. For those interested in culture and history, be sure to visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is South Korea’s very first royal palace, and Bukchon Hanok Village, a quaint little village in the city that has showcases traditional Korean culture.
All information is valid as of February 2016.
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