with the opening of Korail Airport RailRoad Express linking the old downtown in the Capital of Seoul and inCheon international Airport in mere 43 minutes ! now comparable to Narita Express linking the Japanese Capital of Tokyo and Narita international Airport afar almost 2 hours by limousine bus .
normal train intervals every 10 minutes while direct Airport Express every 30 minutes
operating from 5:30am until midnight daily
you will be arriving below the massive UFO form parking lot and make your way across onto the main terminal, Right to Left on the map below :
upstairs where in the middle section of all the departure gates you will find various shopping store booths before you enter the Duty Free zone . but behold, once inside the immigration check-point await larger shopping areas .. for inCheon Airport is huge !
however before you pass that gate, I recommend eating further upstairs where you will be able to enjoy panoramic view of the Airfield runway, for once inside immigration the choice vary but pricey and stuffed in-doors .
when portable electronics run out of stock at onset of a new model Korean consumers head onto the airport for travel is much frequent than the limited totalitarian State following the Korean War especially when South-East Asia is cheaper than the Korean resort island of JeJu .
first-off South Korea has several Duty Free Shops within larger cities such as Seoul and Busan with the same tax-free benefits, only that you will have to pick up your merchandise at the Airport when departing the country .
buying at Duty Free Shop relieves you of 10% VAT Value Added Tax mandatory within the Republic of Korea . plus many local credit cards more-over the high-end Platinum Cards offer 10% discounts .
but you get that much benefit ONLY compared to Official Retail Prices . for in neighboring Japan and also at discount outlets in the States, prices usually fall well below Duty Free . and so is the case with South Korea, especially when so many on-Line Store compete for cut-throat discounts .
for example the price of Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16GB :
- at the Official Korean On-Line Store apple.co.kr W640,000
- at Lotte Department Store Duty Free Shop W580,000 (-W10,000 for VIP card holders)
- at lowest discount on-Line Shopping Mall W598,000 (with various credit cards regularly offering 5% ~ 10% discounts more AND 3~12 month installment payment options)
aside from independent boutique who house large space at Airport Duty-Free shopping zone, major department stores have large block within also and it is inside Lotte Department Store Branch you will find an Apple-contracted store .
( RELATED LINKS )
12.5 inCheon AirPort Electronics Duty Free Shop MAP
12.4 AirPort Apple Store
12.2 inCheon AirPort Express Train
10.10 KTX Bullet Train
12.2 Korea MAPS
– Korea Tech BLog, mid-May 2011 –
( January 2012 Update ) and should you get lost in this city-size airport
how about a lucrative iPhone app from Surround Networks
in Live Airport inCheon Seoul – Airport Code ICN
although paid, seems more geographic-friendly than its free counterparts //