Gimpo International Airport, or more popularly referred to simply as Gimpo Airport, is one of two airports serving the South Korean capital city of Seoul. It is ranked as the third busiest airport in the country after Incheon International Airport in Seoul metropolitan area and Jeju International Airport in Jeju Island.
The airport also used to be known as Kimpo International Airport. It is located south of the Han River in the western end of Seoul, around 15 km west of the city centre. Originally built as a military airfield during the Japanese Imperial period, Gimpo was designated as the international airport of the capital in 1958 and was the primary international gateway until the opening of Incheon International Airport in 2001.
Today, the airport primarily serves domestic and limited international flights to Japan, Taiwan, and China. Gimpo International Airport handles shuttle services to Taipei-Songhan, Tokyo-Haneda and Osaka-Kansai in Japan, Beijing Capital International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in China, as well as domestic flights, mostly to Jeju Island.
Compared to the much larger Incheon International Airport, Gimpo International Airport is closer to the city centre. It is easily accessible by rail via the A'REX link from Seoul Station or Incheon Airport, as well as Seoul subway lines. There are many direct bus services to various destinations in the capital. Taxis are also plentiful at the airport terminal.
Seoul is the vibrant capital of South Korea, situated in the central western region of the Korean Peninsula, close to the North Korean Border. The megacity has a population of more than 20 million spread through its entire metropolitan area, and is easily one of the world’s global cities.
As a major economic and cultural hub in Asia, Seoul boasts of a wide array of interesting attractions-- from theme parks to ancient palaces and temples.This diverse mix of ancient traditions and cutting-edge technology and lifestyles makes the city of Seoul one of the top holiday destinations for all ages.
Getting around this vast city can be very intimidating to the first-time visitor. Traffic jams are common and the subway network is very extensive. Not to worry though as most street and subway signs are written in English as well as Korean. Bus services are also colour-coded, with the yellow buses serving most of the tourist areas. Most major attractions in Seoul are easily accessible by subway. It is also highly recommended to get a T-money stored value contactless smart card, if you are planning to use the Metro extensively during your visit.
What to do and see in Seoul
One great tip in getting your bearings and navigating a big city is to identify major landmarks. N Seoul Tower is a good start. Another landmark is the Han River that runs through the city. Once you familiarize yourself with how Seoul is laid out, then this mega-city will be easy to explore and appreciate. Here are some of the top sights in Seoul that are a must in any itinerary—
N Seoul Tower
Also known as the Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower, the N Tower is a communication and observation tower located in central Seoul. This national landmark is considered the highest point in Seoul at 236m. Take a scenic cable car ride up Mt. Namsan and walk to the tower. The amazing panoramic view of the city is well worth your time.
The Gyeongbokgung, which translates into the Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven, was built in 1395 in the Joseon Dynasty. It was heavily damaged during the late 1500s but was reconstructed in 1876. Today, Gyeongbokgung is one of the magnificent and most important places in Seoul. Free guided tours for tourists are available.
National Museum of Korea
The largest museum in the country, the National Museum of Korea is a must visit. Here you can see comprehensive exhibits on Korean culture and history. Showpieces include prehistoric relics, royal artefacts and manuscripts as well as traditional arts and crafts like calligraphy and pottery.
Another must visit in Seoul is the very famous Myeong Dong district. This trendy shopping mecca is one of the most vibrant areas in the city. Tourists and locals pack the streets to shop at the numerous stalls and retail outlets here that sell items ranging from cosmetics to electronics and trendy fashion to luxury branded goods.
War Memorial of Korea
Opened in 1994 on the former army headquarters site, this museum commemorates the country’s military history of Korea. It has six large indoor exhibition areas and an outdoor exhibition centre displaying thousands war memorabilia. In the galleries at the sides of the museum are rows of black marble monuments inscribed with the names of Koreans who died during the various wars in history.
Best times to visit Seoul
There are many more sights to see in this amazing city of contrasts. From its heritage sites to its high technology and pop culture scenes, Seoul is truly an exciting destination for all ages. The best times to visit Seoul are from spring and autumn, when the weather is pleasant and hotel room costs are moderate. Get the best flight deals to Gimpo International Airport in Seoul today! No fixed dates are needed –simply search all the best flights available using Skyscanner Singapore.
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