Incheon International Airport hosts annual Orchestra Festival
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
November 12 - The Incheon International Airport is hosting its annual autumn music concert entitled the Orchestra Festival. The airport is the main landing point of entry for visitors and athletes that will be attending the PyeongChang 2018 winter Games.
Free to the public and passing travelers Millennium Hall will be hosting the concerts taking place November 9-15 there in the airport.
The festival is themed ‘Culture Touch the Sky’ and features the Mostly Philharmonic Orchestra as well as top Korean musicians like cellist Chung Myung Wha, baritone Seo Jung Hack, and singers In Sooni and Yang Hee Eun.
Incheon airport has a strong mission to showcase Korean culture and does a good job of allowing passing travelers who have time between flights the chance to learn about the local customs and there is even a museum.
The Cultural Museum of Korea showcases a wide collection of relics dating back 5,000 years giving passengers the opportunity to have a taste of Korean culture and history without leaving the airport.
Also since 2004, there are Traditional Korean Cultural Experience Zones where visitors can learn how to make traditional artifacts such as pencil cases, fans, and “lucky bags” from the resident faculty of the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation and have unique gifts to take home.
Frequently you see Masque dances and twelve-stringed Korean harp recitals taking place right in the terminals easily reminding everyone passing by of the local culture.
Not only is it highly cultural, the airport has been named Best Airport Worldwide for the 7th year in a row by the Airports Councils International (ACI) which is considered as prestigious as a Nobel Prize for the travel industry.
Airport President and CEO, CW Lee said, “Our focus has been to build an airport that is safe, convenient, clean and fast based upon close cooperation with the various resident agencies and contractors. And at the same time introducing the concept of ‘Culture’ by operating the airport in ways that differentiate ourselves from others.
“The honor should be attributed to the 35 thousand staff working at the Airport, who have made continuous efforts in service innovation with the full support of the central government including the Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs,” he added.
Key to efficiently moving passengers through the various travel processes there is also a statistics-based ‘Passenger Traffic Forecast’ system.
This is a first and is designed to minimize passenger wait time as well as expediting immigration procedures by way of the use of an IT and BT technology-based U-Airport system.
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