South Korea

More snaps from Incheon’s new Terminal 2

Courtesy Korean Air

I’ve got a full review of the new Terminal 2 at Seoul’s Incheon Airport up on the Today in the Sky blog at USA TODAY, but sharing some more snaps from my visit here.

The terminal officially opened on January 18 – just a few weeks before 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games- and it’s a keeper.

Four airlines will use the terminal:  South Korea’s flag carrier Korean Air, Delta Air Lines, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Photovoltaic panels on the roof and natural greenery inside the terminal help keep the air fresh and lower heating and ventilation costs. A fleet of robots help passengers find their way.

Photo -by Harriet Baskas

Korean music and cultural performances are offered throughout the day and two Korean Traditional Cultural Experience Centers offer passengers the opportunity to try their hands at a Korean craft.

Photo by Harriet Baskas

Beyond shopping and eating, there are activities to keep travelers entertained, including a large Kids Zone, the IT Experience Zone with VR soccer and flying (plus a coffee-making robot) and, in the transfer zone, a ‘digital gym’ that encourages jumping, stepping and other activites.

Photo by Harriet Baskas

There’s also plenty of art and an observation deck with a cafe, views of the airfield and exhibits about the airport.

Photo by Harriet Baskas

Souvenir Sunday: South Korea’s Incheon Airport

This week’s Souvenir Sunday items come courtesy of Anna Williams, director at Seattle’s Perspectio, who recently spent some time at South Korea’s Incheon Airport.

She reports that between the shops, the cafes, the greenery and cultural street – which features cultural events such as Korean classical chamber music concerts and a recreation of the king and queen visiting the princess who was married to a noble class family – “I was impressed and entertained and educated by this airport and that says a lot!”

In addition to spotting this doll, she also spotted two cool cafes, one with a Hello Kitty theme – the other paying tribute to Charlie Brown.

Incheon royal court

Courtesy of Tim Larson at Ross Strategic


Souvenir Sunday at South Korea’s Incheon Airport

Each Sunday is Souvenir Sunday here at, a day to look at some of the fun and inexpensive items you can find in gift shops at airports.

This week’s treasures come from Ross Reynolds (my husband), who found these cute little dolls for sale in South Korea’s Incheon International Airport . He didn’t buy them for me, but he is a big fan of Souvenir Sunday.

No need for dolls? If you’re stuck at Incheon airport, you can while away the time at the Korean Culture Museum, the traditional craft gallery, the Observation Deck or in the gardens.

Want to participate in Souvenir Sunday? If you spot a souvenir that’s inexpensive, offbeat and “of” the city or region, please snap a photo and send it along. If your souvenir is featured on, I’ll send you a travel-related souvenir.