Incheon International Airport (ICN) [인천국제공항]

Encounter (2018); The Third Charm (2018); Twelve Nights (2018); The Beauty Inside (2018); Where Stars Land (2018); Devilish Joy (2018); My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018); Lovely Horribly (2018); Why Secretary Kim (2018); Are You Human? (2018); About Time (2018); The Undateables (2018); Cross (2018); Radio Romance (2018); Eulachacha Waikiki (2018); Black Knight (2017-18); Money Flower (2017-18); 20th Century Boy and Girl (2017); Mad Dog (2017); Avengers Social Club (2017); Temperature of Love (2017); Mystery Queen (2017); Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016-17); On the Way to the Airport (2016); Jealousy Incarnate (2016); Beautiful Gong Shim (2016); Hyde, Jekyll & I (2015); Kill Me, Heal Me (2015); Emergency Couple (2014); I Need Romance 3 (2014); The Heirs (2013); Lie To Me (2011); Can You Hear My Heart (2011); Scent Of A Woman (2011); Mary Stayed Out All Night (2010); On Air (2008); Air City (2007); 9 End 2 Outs (2007); Something Happened in Bali (2004); Lovers in Paris (2004); Beautiful Days (2001)

This is, of course, the location for all international departures and arrivals that take place in K-Dramaland – with the other being Gimpo Airport (for domestic travel). Most K-dramas would have had at least one scene here; the following are just some of them.

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After their fateful trip, Cha Su-hyeon (Song Hye-kyo) and Kim Jin-hyeok (Park Bo-geum) return to Korea and (of course) land here in episode 1 of Encounter/Boyfriend (남자친구) (tvN, 2018-19). It is here that Jin-hyeok learns about Su-hyeon’s true identity, and also receives a call that he would be starting work at Donghwa Hotel, which she’s the president of.

On Joon-young (Seo Kang-joon) departs and arrives here from Portugal 5 years apart in episode 11 of The Third Charm / The 3rd Charm (제3의 매력) (JTBC, 2018). His sister Ri-on (Park Gyu-young) and her boyfriend and his best friend Sang-hyun (Lee Sang-yi) comes to see him off, and his parents and present-day girlfriend Min Se-eun (Kim Yoon-hye) is there to welcome him home.

Both Cha Hyun-o (Shin Hyun-soo) and Han Yoo-kyung (Han Seung-yeon, formerly of Kara) arrive here independently in episode 1 of Twelve Nights (열두밤) (Channel A, 2018) on the first day of their short 4-days stay in Seoul in 2010.

As managing director of T’way Airline, this is also partly where Seo Do-jae (Lee Min-ki) works in The Beauty Inside / Byooti Insaideu (뷰티 인사이드) (JTBC, 2018) — as seen in episode 1.

Lee Soo-yeon (Lee Je-hoon) and Han Yeo-reum (Chae Soo-bin) work here at Incheon Airport Service Team in Where Stars Land / Fox Bride Star (여우각시별) (SBS, 2018).

Sung Ki-Joon (Hoya of Infinite) arrives here in episode 1 of Devilish Joy (마성의 기쁨) (MBN/Dramax, 2018).

Do Kyung-seok’s (Cha Eun-woo of ASTRO) mother Na Hye-sung (Park Joo-mi) arrives here in episode 3 of My ID is Gangnam Beauty / ID: Gangnam Beauty (내 아이디는 강남미인) (JTBC, 2018).

Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) and Park Yoo-sik (Kang Ki-young) arrive at what appears to be Terminal 2 in episode 13 of Why Secretary Kim/What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까) (tvN, 2018) after their urgent business trip to Paris. In fact, they arrive a few days earlier than scheduled — simply because Young-joon can’t wait to see Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young).

Nam Shin (Seo Kang-joon) arrives here in episode 1 of Are You Human?/Are You Human Too (너도 인간이니?) (KBS2, 2018), with his bodyguards waiting for him at the terminal to escort him through. One in particular, Kang So-bong (Gong Seung-yeon) secretly takes photographs of him, which he discovers. He confronts her and an altercation ensues, which is witnessed and filmed by numerous passers-by. He slips away as his bodyguard team steps in to diffuse the situation.

Lee Do-Ha’s (Lee Sang-Yoon) half brother Yoon Do-San (Jung Moon-Sung) arrives here in episode 4 of About Time (멈추고 싶은 순간: 어바웃타임) (tvN, 2018) and Do-ha fetches him with Choi Michaela (Lee Sung-Kyung) as his driver.

Jung-eum’s (Hwang Jung-eum) and Hoon-nam’s (Namgoong Min) first encounter happens here in episode 1 of The Undateables/Handsome Guy and Jung-Eum (훈남정음) (SBS, 2018), when he witnesses how her boyfriend dumps her in public.

Lee Joo-hyuk (Kim Yi-han) sends Son Yeon-hee (Yang Jin-sung) off at the terminal in episode 16 of Cross (크로스) (tvN, 2018) by leading her to the queue to enter the immigration section.

Han Yoon-ah (Jung In-sun) and Kang Dong-goo (Kim Jung-hyun) are supposed to depart from here to their fake honeymoon in episode 6 of Eulachacha Waikiki/Laughter in Waikiki/Welcome to Waikiki (으라차차 와이키키) (JTBC, 2018) and they wait for the best moment to leave the airport unnoticed.

Radio DJ and idol Kang Min-woo (cameo by U-Kwon) decides to quit everything and leave South Korea in episode 1 of Radio Romance (라디오 로맨스) (KBS2, 2018). Next thing we know is that he is at this airport and Song Geu-rim (Kim So-hyun) desperately tries to make him stay.

In episode 1 of Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me (흑기사) (KBS2, 2017-18), Jung Hae-ra (Shin Se-kyung) works for a travel agency and guides the tourists in this airport on what to bring and not, after she put stickers in the luggage of the passengers she said “Goodbye and have fun!” she went out and was so tired of her work and she took a break to rest her feet from wearing high heels.

Kang Pil-joo (Jang Hyuk) bids Na Mo-hyun (Park Se-young) and Jang Boo-cheon (Jang Seung-jo) farewell as they depart for their honeymoon from here in episode 8 of Money Flower (돈꽃) (MBC, 2017).

Sa Jin-jin (Han Ye-seul) departs from here to Shanghai in episode 1 of 20th Century Boy and Girl (20세기 소년소녀) (MBC, 2017).

As we see in episode 6 of Mad Dog (매드독) (KBS2 2017), Kim Min-joon’s (Woo Do-hwan) brother worked here as a pilot (and his supposed crashing an airplane is the origin of all the investigations in this drama).

Lee Soo-gyum (Jun from U-KISS and UNB) sees his biological mother off here in episode 12 of Avengers Social Club (부암동 복수자들) (tvN, 2017) and pleads her to be a mother for once and tell the truth about his father. Later, we see Kim Jung-hye (Lee Yo-won) coming back from her trip at this airport.

On Jung-sun (Yang Se-jong) departs to France from here in episode 7 of Temperature of Love (사랑의 온도) (SBS, 2017) and tries to call Lee Hyun-soo (Seo Hyun-jin) for a last time. She doesn’t pick up and their first “love” finishes like this.

Ha Wan-seung (Kwon Sang-woo) and Yoo Seol-ok (Choi Gang-hee) are looking here for her in-law that fell prey to a serial murderer in episode 6 and 7 of Mystery Queen (KBS2, 2017).

In Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (역도요정 김복주) (MBC, 2016-17), Incheon Airport becomes two times center stage. Once in episode 15, when Jung Joon-hyung (Nam Joo-hyuk) sends of his mother and in episode 16 when he picks up Kim Bok-joo (Lee Sung-kyung) from here who comes back victorious from a competition in China. She ignores all the reporters who are there for her and directly runs to (or more rightly, jumps on) Joon-hyung. The best ever welcome in ages here at Incheon Airport.

This is the workplace of Choi Soo-a (Kim Ha-neul) and Park Jin-suk (Shin Sung-rok) in On the Way to the Airport (공항가는길) (KBS2, 2016).

In episode 6 of Jealousy Incarnate (질투의 화신) (SBS, 2016), Jung-won (Go Kyung-pyo) heads to the arrival terminal to pick up both his mother, and Hwa-shin’s (Jo Jung-seok).

Joo-wan (Sung Joon) arrives here from the States in episode 1 of I Need Romance 3 (로맨스가 필요해 3) (tvN, 2014).

In episode 4 of The Heirs (왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들) (SBS, 2013) we see the airplane that arrives with Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho). Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji-won) arrived a little earlier and is picked up by her “step-brother” Choi Young-do (Kim Woo-bin).

Bong Woo-ri (Hwang Jung-eum) fetches Na Mi-sook (Kim Yeo-jin) from here in episode 15 of Can You Hear My Heart (내 마음이 들리니) (MBC, 2011).

Hyun Sang-Hee (Sung Joon) arrives here in episode 1 of Lie to Me (내게 거짓말을 해봐) (SBS, 2011).

Jung-in (Kim Jae-wook) arrives here with his father in episode 1 of Mary Stayed Out All Night/Marry Me, Mary! (메리는외박중) (KBS2, 2010).

Hong Nan-hee (Soo-ae) sees Byun Hyung-tae (Lee Jung-jin) off here in episode 1 of 9 End 2 Outs (9회말 2아웃) (MBC, 2007).

Lee Min-Chul (Lee Byung-Hun) plans to leave from here with his sister Lee Min-Ji (Shin Min-A) to Paris in episode 13 of Beautiful Days (아름다운 날들) (SBS, 2001) to flee his family situation. Kim Yun-Soo (Choi Ji-Woo) hears about his departure and comes to the airport and they say a last goodbye and while she leaves the airport she throws her engagement ring into a wishing fountain at the airport. She is picked up by her best friend Kang Na-rae (Lee Yu-Jin).

Han Gi-ju (Park Shin-yang) and Gang Tae-young (Kim Jung-eun) both arrive in South Korea at this airport in episode 3 of Lovers in Paris (파리의 연인) (SBS, 2004) and she rejects to meet up ever again.

Also seen in: Lovely Horribly (러블리호러블리) (KBS2, 2018), episode 15 of Beautiful Gong Shim (미녀 공심이) (SBS, 2016); Hyde, Jekyll & I (하이드 지킬, 나) (SBS, 2015); Kill Me, Heal Me (킬미, 힐미) (MBC, 2015); in episode 18 of Emergency Couple (응급남녀) (tvN, 2014); Scent Of A Woman (여인의 향기) (SBS, 2011); On Air (온에어) (SBS, 2008); Air City (에어시티) (MBC, 2007); Something Happened in Bali (발리에서 생긴 일) (SBS, 2004).

Movie filmed here

Flight attendant Ham Joo-ran (Choi Ji-woo) arrives here after her flights in Likes For Likes/Please Like Me (좋아해줘) (2016).

Teaser filmed here

This airport appears as Lee Soo-Yeon’s (Lee Je-hoon) workplace in teaser no. 1 and 3 of Where Stars Land / Fox Bride Star (여우각시별) (SBS, 2018).

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Incheon International Airport (ICN) [인천국제공항] is the largest airport in South Korea and is located on Yeongjong Island [영종도] off the West coast of the city of Incheon. It is situated in Incheon’s neighborhood Unseo-dong [운서동] in the Jung district [Jung-gu/중구]. More precisely, it sits on an artificial piece of land between this island and Yongyu Islands. It now has 2 terminals — the second one opened in January 2018. While most dramas were filmed at Terminal 1, dramas in 2018 and beyond are gradually moving on to filming at Terminal 2.

272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
인천 중구 공항로 272
(운서동 2851)
Geolocation: 37.449187, 126.451425

— submitted by Marion KDL
Black Knight added by Juliana
Cross, Are You Human, Why Secretary Kim, Lovely Horribly, The Third Charm, Encounter added by Mich KDL
— Photo taken by © Mich KDL, April 2018

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