Stuck on a Seoul layover at the Seoul-Gimpo Airport (GMP) in South Korea? The Seoul-Gimpo Airport is one of two main airports in Seoul (the other being the Incheon International Airport – the Layover Guide for Incheon can be found here). The Seoul-Gimpo airport is located approximately 11 miles from Seoul’s city center, which makes it an accessible location for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Seoul layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the Seoul airport during your layover, the terminals host a number of services to help you bide your time. The International Terminal has a number of services including bank and currency exchange, shopping (outlet and duty free), a CGV Theater, food, an information desk, baggage storage, a convention center and much more. An interactive map of the terminal as well as additional information can be found here and for a complete list, broken down by floor number, click here.
If you’re located in the Domestic Terminal, there’s also plenty to do here. Click on this interactive map of the Domestic Terminal where you’ll find services including shopping, food and beverage, banking, shoeshine, baggage storage, post office, children’s playroom and child care facility, pharmacy and more. For a complete list, broken down by floor number, click here.
In addition, there is a Top Class VIP Lounge located on the 3rd Floor of the Departure Hall and the 1st floor of the Arrivals Hall. The lounge costs 77,000 won for less than two hours and 22,000 won for every additional hour. It is suggested that you make a reservation via telephone 2 days in advance (+82-2-2660-2403).
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many options. To find a comprehensive list of Seoul hotels with varying price points, click here and for a list of hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your Seoul layover, there’s a number of transportation options available. Taxi platforms are available in front of each airport building, including regular, deluxe and short distance taxis (pricing and more info can be found here). A rail map and info is here and subway information is located here with information on routes, tickets and stations. In addition, there is an assortment of bus options listed here. Drivers often do not speak English so you may want to write down your destination in a Korean on a piece of paper.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions of Things To Do On A Seoul Layover:
If you only have limited time in Seoul, a tour might be a great way to see a bunch of sights. There’s many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, night cruises, dinner theater, outdoor activities, and more.
The art district of Insadong is a great place to take in the sites of Seoul. Whether weaving your way in and out of antique shops and private galleries, grabbing a cup of tea at one of the many tea houses, or wandering through the Historic Tapgol Park where you can visit the Pagoda, the location that Korea’s Declaration of Independence was read in 1919.
The Gyeongbokgung Palace houses the National Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum. The Palace, built by the Chosun dynasty six centuries, is one of the most famous and oldest Seoul attractions. You can also check out Dongshipjagak, the ancient watch tower.
If you’re looking to shop, the Myeongdong is a big street flea market as well as a historic walking area. If you’re looking for more serious shopping, check out Namdaemun Market. As one of Korea’s largest wholesale markets, it covers over 10 acres and is the one of the best spots to get some nice souvenirs and clothing, as well as some knock offs. It is closed on Sundays.
N Seoul Tower
If you’re looking for a good aerial view of the city, check out N Seoul Tower. With an observation deck 370 meters tall you can get a great birds eye view of the city (pollution and weather depending).
The Deoksu-gung Palace is one of Seoul’s smallest of Seoul’s palaces, built during the mid-fifteenth century. Known for its unique stone wall road and the wide bridge of Geumcheon. Here you can also find the Palace Treasure exhibition, and part of the National Modern Arts Center.
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