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Dr. Yong-Seon Song
Tips for a Quick, Smooth Trip to KASI
- Immigration: several planes often arrive at nearly the same time, so it helps to get to immigration quickly. If you take a Korean airline you will likely arrive at the main terminal. Otherwise, on arrival at ICN you go along a series of corridors and downstairs to board a train to the main terminal (they run every 5 minutes). The quickest way is to board at the third set of train doors from the right, and you will exit on the same side you entered. When the train arrives at the main terminal this lets you run upstairs to immigration since it can be slow if the lines are long. Try the rightmost line for foreign passports, since they often open another line further to the right, so you can dash to the new line; also if no line is at the Korean citizen lane, agents will sometimes bring you over there from the rightmost foreign lane.
- Luggage and Customs: past immigration there are boards giving your luggage carousel number. Go downstairs, take a free cart (push down on the handle to move), collect your luggage, walk through customs, and out (slightly left) into the terminal lobby. It's better not to change money at the booths, instead use your bank card at an ATM if needed. Along the far wall by terminal exit 9 will be a booth saying "Airport bus". Say you are going to "Daejeon" (day-jun); the ticket will cost 23,100 won. Then walk to the left outside along the terminal until you get to bus stop 9D by exit 9. There is also a bus ticket office outside if the one inside is crowded. The bus leaves every 20-30 minutes or so. Unless you have a lot of luggage you can bring it on the bus with you; if you give in your luggage to be put underneath the bus, you will get a claim ticket - show this to the driver when you exit so he will get it for you.
- Bus to KASI: the bus takes 2.5-3 hours to get to Daejeon. There will usually be a 15 minute stop at a highway rest area on the way. After the bus exits the highway through the toll gate at Daejeon, it will be only 5 minutes until your stop. The bus will go along a tree-lined street with many research institutes; KASI is on your left. You will pass it and the road curves around and comes to a Y intersection. Your stop is immediately after the bus turns right at the intersection. Walk back along the bus route for 15 minutes until you reach KASI (now on your right). If you have too much luggage to walk, take the bus one further stop to the Government Complex. There you can get a taxi to take you to KASI (roughly 10 minutes, 6000 won). If you're going to your hotel downtown, take a taxi from the Government Complex stop.
- Alternate travel - train: if the buses sell out, or you just like trains and don't have much luggage, you can take trains from Incheon airport to Daejeon. It takes about the same amount of total time, just with more transfers. Follow the airport signs for ARex trains. You can buy a ticket all the way from the airport to Daejeon via Seoul Station (in which case they'll ticket you on a slightly later train to Daejeon to make sure you catch it), or buy a ticket to Seoul Station and then there buy a ticket to Daejeon on the very next train - it doesn't make much difference. I recommend you use the local, not express, ARex train to Seoul Station since it only take 10 minutes longer but runs more frequently so you'll probably arrive earlier (the express is more luxurious though). Seoul Station is the final stop and it takes 53 or 43 minutes and costs about 4000 or 8000 won respectively. At Seoul Station, follow the signs upstairs to KTX, the express long distance trains. If you already have your ticket just go to the platform indicated, otherwise buy your ticket after looking at the departure board to find the next train to Daejeon (any KTX heading to Busan will stop in Daejeon). The KTX takes 1 hour to reach Daejeon. At Daejeon station go upstairs and cross to the main area then downstairs to the main exit. Follow the signs to the taxi rank. A taxi should take 20-30 minutes and cost ~11000 won.
- Taxi from Daejeon Government Complex or Daejeon Station to KASI: taxi drivers won't recognize "KASI", say Chun-mun Yun-gu-wun. Best is if you print out the KASI front web page or visitor guide so you can show the driver the Korean characters.
- From KASI to Incheon Airport: just before the Y intersection is a small booth (on the KASI side of the road) selling bus tickets. You can buy in advance for a specific bus, or on the day of travel. The bus stop is immediately next to it. To the airport takes 2.5-3 hours and leaves you off on the departure level. United Airlines check-in is row K.
Some Useful Information for Traveling from the US to Seoul
- Visas: US citizens can come for a stay up to 90 days without purchasing a Visa. For updates on Visas, see VISA website under the "Visa" section on the bottom left.
- Time Zone: Seoul is in the GMT+9 time zone. As of mid-March, Seoul is 7 hours earlier than California, the next day, so 12pm in CA is 5am in Seoul.
- Latitude Daejeon is 36° 21' N. Compared to Berkeley which is 37° 52' N.