Seoul Airport is Great for Connections
Long layovers are a common occurance when traveling internationally, so I am always on the hunt for the best airports to connect. In my opinion, Seoul, Korea just so happens to be a great choice.
With five hours to kill on my way from JFK to Hong Kong, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this little gem didn't disappoint. The Asiana Business Class Lounge is roomy and stylish and has lots of little bells and whistles. With massage chairs, showers and a nice food and drink presentation you can't help but be comfortable during your stay. Not to mention the WiFi and baby grand piano, but the fun doesn't stop there.
The airport itself has a cultural center, live music and a great spa, in addition to all the shops you could ask for - Gucci, Prada and Burberry, to name a few.
But the best feature, in my opinion, are the Free Korea Transit Tours. These tours range from one to five hours and take you by bus to local attractions. The one hour tour brings you to Yonggungsa Temple. The two hour tour visits the Incheon Temple. Three hours gives you a Culture Tour or a City Tour and five hours offers a Seoul City Tour or Shopping Tour. All for free and departing right from the airport terminal.
The Asiana flight service is great and the business class seats are lie-flat beds. The food was exceptional and the movie selection expansive. My only critisism would be the cheap head phones they give you to use onboard. I know I sound like a princess but it's such an easy fix and would give it that finishing touch. Next month Asiana will introduce the A-380, so this is a great option for travelers heading to Asia. Two thumbs up and a snap in my book. :-)