Hardly breaking news, but I first came across this month-old press release a week ago. An excerpt on the story about two new general admission lounges that opened in October:
Until now, airport lounges were only made available to business class passengers and first class passengers. However, the Hub Lounge is now available to anyone for a small fee of 35,000 won. Once admitted, passengers may comfortably take advantage of the hotel-class facilities for as long as they like. Attractive characteristics of the lounge include complimentary sandwiches, coffee, and buffet-style meals along with free refreshments.
In addition, desserts, beer, and hard liquor are also provided free of charge. Internet facilities and shower booths are also offered to all customers free of charge. These facilities are made available with no reservations necessary. Furthermore, newspapers, magazines, and books are made ready for your enjoyment on one side, along with a TV room to watch the news. Currently, there are about 200~300 people who utilize the facilities every day.
Christ, there's that H word again. Can we please give it a r . . . wait, in the context of an airport it makes perfect sense. I'll tell you what, I'd really like to check these places out when I make my next trip through there. Considering how infrequently airport buses run to Incheon from Jeollanam-do, I've always been stuck with lengthy wait times. The last one was nearly eight hours. And considering the amount of food, coffee, magazines, and internet I can put away, the room would nearly pay for itself. A bit more information here, from whence the above picture was stolen. Some more photos from this Naver blog.