Korea is a great stopover point whenever you’re traveling from North America. Like Tokyo, it’s one of the main hubs you fly over first before heading to other destinations that’s more South in Asia.

 

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convenient destination if you’re traveling from North America

 

 

So a layover we commonly do when we want to change things up is to stop by Seoul to get our fashion and cosmetic cravings on.

 

Cue the paparazzis

 

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This celebrity is sporting a questionable attire featuring a brand new Gentle Monster shades w/ Pokemon Squirtle next to his Hugo Boss pants

 

 

All Asiana Airlines flights at ICN departs in Terminal 1. After the security checkpoint, there are various signage around the Duty Free shopping area that leads you to their Business Class lounge.

 

 

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1st floor main entrance

 

 

 

The lounge itself is located on the 2nd floor of the terminal after the escalators. This is a Star Alliance lounge that welcomes its Gold members and any airlines within the network that’s flying First or Business Class.

 

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First & Business Class + Star Alliance Gold Members

 

 

If you’re flying neither of those, don’t fret. It’s a Priority Pass lounge too.

 

priority pass

 

 

My initial impressions were very positive. It looks elegantly decorated with lots of real estate space. Not to mention, an awesome A380 model right in the front at check-in.

 

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2nd floor main entrance

 

 

After showing our boarding pass, Paul requested if any showers were available.

 

Sorry… currently our shower is a 2-hour wait

 

 

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Squirtle…. SQUIRTLE?!
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Paul is screaming inside

 

 

It was a foreshadow of what’s to come….

 

This lounge was CROWDED.

 

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zoo

 

 

Like the Centurion Lounge in Miami & Seattle, almost every seat was occupied anywhere you go.

 

 

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I think there’s space on the floor

 

 

With minimal staff working, even the one large water bottle needed a refill…

 

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only one staff in the food area

 

 

And the food offerings was a dreadful sight for the eyes.

 

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iceberg lettuce anyone?

 

 

On a positive note, the lounge had some large T.V. with entertaining Korean shows.

 

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television… the highlight of the lounge

 

 

And a pretty piano that I appreciated.

 

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missing a piano player

 

 

Overall, this is the perfect example of never judging a book by its cover. Even though my eyes initially loved the lounge decor, it fails pretty much in all other aspects in what a business class lounge should be.

 

  1. No seats to even relax in 
  2. No premium amenities offered
  3. 2+ hour shower wait time (was probably unlucky when this happened… but really come on, two hours?!) 
  4. Inedible foods 
  5. Understaffed in maintenance of the inedible foods 
  6. A piano missing a piano player

 

Maybe it was the Gentle Monster shades Paul bought or maybe it was Pokémon Squirtle making all of us too bougie… but this place definitely was a huge disappointment. It’s a shame, because I feel like this place has potential, but it doesn’t even try to be “premium”.

 

Oh well, let’s go Squirtle. We’ll go to the duty free shops instead.

 

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