On the way back from our great visit to the Philippines, we managed to plan for an eight hour layover in South Korea. To most people ‘layover’ is a dirty word – something to be avoided – but if you have the time in your schedule, purposely looking for long layovers is an amazing way to see a place for free, which is exactly what we did on this trip. Incheon International Airport is one of the best airports for a layover, it’s a central Asia hub, voted 2nd best airport in the world a few times, and the icing on the cake; they offer free transit tours to travelers with long layovers. I highly recommend taking advantage of one you ever find yourself at this airport (I also highly recommend trying the ramen – it will change your taste bud’s life).
The tours range from 2 hours to 5 hours, stopping at multiple points of interest throughout the area (mainly in Seoul).
More information about the tours offered at Incheon International Airport here.
The Transfer Tour employees were super helpful- they made sure we picked the right tour and knew where to meet for the tour bus, making the whole thing a breeze. We went on the four hour tour, stopping at two stunning Buddhist temples (Jogyesa and Bongeunsa), as well as the Korean War Memorial.
As the bus departs, the airport the tour guide entertained us with stories and facts about the area, all in perfect English, as we headed toward the looming skyscrapers of Seoul. Upon arrival to our first destination, before even stepping out of the bus, I experienced an overwhelming flood of emotions. I was in awe of how beautiful the country was. When we got to the first temple, I couldn’t help but tear up. I had felt this strong spiritual connection with my surroundings – it’s something I will never forget.
For the tiny amount of time I spent in this country, the beauty of the country, the culture, and the people of South Korea blew me away. I look forward to the day I get the chance to spend more time here.
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