Incheon International Airport
Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea, the primary airport serving the Seoul Capital Area, one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. Since 2005, it has been rated the best airport worldwide by Airports Council International every year, it is rated as the world's cleanest airport and the world's best international transit airport by Skytrax. The airport has a golf course, private sleeping rooms, an ice skating rink, a casino, indoor gardens, a Museum of Korean Culture. Airport authorities claim that average departure and arrival takes 19 minutes and 12 minutes as compared to worldwide average of 60 minutes and 45 minutes ranking it among the fastest airports in the world for customs processing, its duty-free shopping mall has been rated the world's best for three years in a row in 2013 by Business Traveller. Incheon International Airport claims that it has only a 0.0001% baggage mishandling rate. The airport opened for business on March 29, 2001 to replace the older Gimpo International Airport, which now serves domestic destinations and shuttle flights to several East Asian metropolitan areas including Tokyo, Beijing and Taipei.
Incheon International Airport is located west of Incheon's city center, on an artificially created piece of land between Yeongjong and Yongyu Islands. The two islands were separated by shallow sea; that area between the two islands was reclaimed for the construction project connecting the once separate Yeongjong and Yongyu islands. The reclaimed area as well as the two islands are all part of Jung-gu, an administrative district of Incheon; the airport holds a record of being ranked the Best Airport Worldwide for 11 consecutive years by the Airports Council International's Airport Service Quality Award from 2005 to 2016, has been rated the world's best among airports of its size and region since 2012 due to the institution's decision to discontinue the Best Airport Worldwide category. Incheon International Airport's terminal has 111 boarding gates altogether, with 44 in Terminal 1, 30 in Concourse A, 37 in Terminal 2; the airport was constructed to share the demand for air transport in the 21st century and to serve as a hub airport in Northeast Asia.
After the Seoul Olympics of 1988, international air traffic to Korea increased. In the 1990s, it became apparent that Gimpo International Airport could not cope with the increase in air traffic. To reduce the load on Gimpo International Airport, the government decided to build a new airport; the new airport was planned to be located in Cheongju, 124 km from Seoul, but due to its distance, it was opposed by Seoul and Gyeonggi citizens. Hwaseong was the other choice, but it was rejected due to similar reasons; the area chosen was Incheon. In November 1992, the construction of the Incheon airport began on reclaimed land between Yeongjong Island and Youngyu Island, took eight years to finish, with an additional six months for testing. Completion was scheduled for 1997 but delayed due to the economic crisis; the airport was opened on March 29, 2001. On 15 November 2006, the Airbus A380 landed at the airport as part of the first leg of its certification trip. Tests on the runways and ramps showed that the airport could handle the aircraft.
To further upgrade service and major Korean logistics firm Hanjin Corporation agreed on January 10, 2008 to build Yeongjong Medical Centre, completed in 2012. This hospital serves nearby residents and some of the 30,000 medical tourists who come to Korea annually. Located 48 km west of Seoul, the capital and the largest city of South Korea, Incheon International Airport is the main hub for Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Polar Air Cargo; the airport serves as a hub for international civilian air transportation and cargo traffic in East Asia. In 2016, the Incheon International Airport was the fifth busiest airport in the world and third in Asia by cargo traffic, 19th in the world and eighth in Asia by passenger traffic. In 2016, the airport served a total of 57,849,814 passengers; the airport opened for business in early 2001 to replace the older Gimpo International Airport, which now serves domestic destinations plus shuttle flights to alternate airports in China and Taiwan. The airport was planned to be built in three phases, incrementally increasing airport capacity as the demand grew.
This was changed, however, to four phases. In Phase 1, the airport had a capacity of 30 million passengers annually, a cargo capacity of 1.7 million metric tonnes annually. In this phase, a passenger terminal with a floor space of 496,000 square metres, two parallel runways, a control tower, an administrative building, a transportation centre, integrated operations centre, three cargo terminals, international business centre, a government office building were constructed. Phase 2 construction began in 2002, was expected to be completed in December 2008. However, in an attempt to have the airport ready for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which took place in August 2008, the schedule was modified, Phase 2 construction was completed on 20 June 2008. During this construction phase, a third parallel 4,000-metre-long runway and a 13-hectare cargo terminal area were added. A 16.5-hectare concourse connected to the main passenger building via two par
Moon Jeong-hee is a South Korean stage and television actress. Moon Jeong-hee graduated from the Korea National University of Arts with a degree in Theatre Studies, she made her theater debut in a 1998 staging of Blood Brothers. Though she hasn't found full-fledged stardom, the actress has built a solid body of work alternating leading and supporting roles. 2012 hit Deranged was her first starring role in a commercial film, for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Moon has drawn positive reviews for her performances in Hide and Seek and Mama. Having learned salsa in middle school, Moon became an accomplished salsa dancer, she has worked as a salsa dancing teacher in between projects, can do jazz dancing and the pansori. Moon is fluent in three languages - Korean and French, she was named the goodwill ambassador of international children's rights group Safe Kids Korea in 2010. In 2012 she hosted the closing ceremony of the Jeonju International Film Festival. Moon Jeong-hee on Twitter Moon Jeong-hee at Prain TPC Moon Jeong-hee at HanCinema Moon Jeong-hee at the Korean Movie Database Moon Jeong-hee on IMDb Moon Jeong-hee on Instagram
Choi Ji-woo is a South Korean actress. She is known for starring in the television melodramas Beautiful Days, Winter Sonata, Stairway to Heaven, The Suspicious Housekeeper and Temptation and the romantic comedy series Twenty Again and Woman with a Suitcase. Choi Mi-hyang was first discovered when she won a talent audition organized by MBC in 1994 made her acting debut in the drama series War and Love in 1995. Afterwards, she adopted the stage name Choi Ji-woo, she was cast in her first major role in 1996 film The Gate of Destiny, but her limited acting skills resulted in her being replaced during filming. In the next couple of years Choi continued to star in both TV dramas and films, including The Hole, as well as the romantic comedies First Kiss with Ahn Jae-wook and The Romantic President with Ahn Sung-ki, it was her portrayals on TV of tragic heroines with a pure and innocent image—notably in Truth opposite Ryu Si-won and Beautiful Days opposite Lee Byung-hun—that boosted her rising popularity.
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Choi spent the next few years overseas, shooting the Chinese drama 101st Proposal with Sun Xing, the Japanese drama RONDO opposite Yutaka Takenouchi. She returned to Korean television in 2007 in Air City alongside Lee Jung-jae. In 2009, she starred opposite Yoo Ji-tae in the drama Star's Lover, playing a top actress who falls in love with an ordinary man. Choi received ₩ 48 million per the highest salary for a Korean actress at the time; that same year, she set up her own management agency called C,JW Company with her brother as CEO. She joined the ensemble cast of semi-improvisational mockumentary Actresses, arguably her most significant film yet. During the press conference for the 2011 series, Can't Lose, co-starring Yoon Sang-hyun, featuring a lawyer couple facing their own divorce suit, she was asked if she worried about shedding her pure and innocent image. Choi said, "I've had the same image for 15 years. Isn't it time for me to break out? I was a melodrama queen and now I want the title of romantic comedy queen."
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She reunited with previous costar Kwon Sang-woo in Temptation. Choi joined the fourth season of travel-reality show Grandpas Over Flowers in 2015, where she and Lee Seo-jin backpacked through Greece with veteran actors Lee Soon-jae, Shin Goo, Park Geun-hyung and Baek Il-seob; this was followed by the cable series Twenty Again, where she played a woman who became a wife and mother at 19 decides to experience campus college life for the first time at age 38 when she becomes a university student alongside her 20-year-old son. In 2016, Choi returned to the big screen in seven years, starring in the ensemble cast romance film Like for Likes; the same year, she starred in the legal romance drama Woman with a Suitcase. In 2017, Choi was cast in the family melodrama The Most Beautiful Goodbye, a remake of the drama The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World by Noh Hee-kyung. Choi majored in aerobic dance at Busan Women's College, she enrolled in Hanyang University's
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Lee Jin-wook is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading role in the romance series Glass Castle, the time-traveling series Nine, romance series The Time We Were Not in Love and a supporting role in the comedy film Miss Granny. Lee Jin-wook was studying Environmental Engineering at Cheongju University when he dropped out to pursue acting, he began his entertainment career as a print model for Panasonic in 2003 made his acting debut in My New Boyfriend, a 2004 short film directed by Hur Jin-ho. Roles in television dramas followed, namely: a good-natured stalker in Alone in Love, a baseball player in Smile Again, a private investigator in Someday, an Incheon Airport employee in Air City, a plastic surgeon in Before and After, the president's son in Formidable Rivals, a newly married chaebol in Glass Castle. Lee served his two-year mandatory military service from May 6, 2009 to March 7, 2011 at the Defense Media Agency of the Ministry of National Defense, his comeback project was Myung-wol the Spy.
After playing the heroine's on-and-off boyfriend in I Need Romance 2012, Lee starred in his most high-profile role yet as a TV anchor in the time-traveling romance Nine. The positive reception he gained from Nine led to his being cast in a supporting role in the comedy film Miss Granny, followed by his first major big-screen role in The Target, a remake of French action movie Point Blank. Lee reteamed with the writer and director of Nine in The Three Musketeers, a period drama set during the Joseon era where he played Crown Prince Sohyeon, he starred in two films in 2015, the romance comedy The Beauty Inside and the thriller Time Renegade. He returned to the small screen in Taiwanese drama In Time with You titled The Time We Were Not in Love. In 2016, Lee starred in Goodbye Mr. Black, based on the manga of the same name. In 2017, Lee was cast in three films. In 2018, Lee returned to the small screen with crime dramas Return and Voice 2. After meeting on the set of Air City in 2007, Lee began dating actress Choi Ji-woo.
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Incheon the Incheon Metropolitan City, is a city located in northwestern South Korea, bordering Seoul and Gyeonggi to the east. Inhabited since the Neolithic, Incheon was home to just 4,700 people when it became an international port in 1883. Today, about 3 million people live in the city, making it South Korea's third most-populous city after Seoul and Busan; the city's growth has been assured in modern times with the development of its port due to its natural advantages as a coastal city and its proximity to the South Korean capital. It is part of the Seoul Capital Area, along with Seoul itself and Gyeonggi Province, forming the world's fifth largest metropolitan area by population. Incheon has since led the economic development of Korea by opening its port to the outside world, ushering in the modernization of Korea as a center of industrialization. In 2003, the city was designated as Korea's first free economic zone. Since large local companies and global enterprises have invested in the Incheon Free Economic Zone, including Samsung which chose Songdo International City as its new investment destination for its bio industry.
As an international city, Incheon has held numerous large scale international conferences, such as the Incheon Global Fair & Festival in 2009. The 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014 was held in Incheon on 19 September 2014. Incheon has established itself as a major transportation hub in northeast Asia with the Incheon International Airport and Incheon Port; the city is home to the Green Climate Fund, an international organization addressing environmental issues. The first historical record of the Incheon area dates back to 475 CE, during the reign of King Jangsu of Goguryeo, by the name of Michuhol, supposed to be located on today's Munhak Hill; the area underwent several name changes with successive dynasties. In Goryeo era, Incheon was called Inju; the current name was turned to Incheon in 1413. Incheon County became Incheon Metropolitan Prefecture. Old Incheon consisted of today's southern Incheon and northern part of Siheung City; the city centre was Gwangyo-dong, where the local academy were located.
The "original" two remaining buildings of the Incheon prefecture office are located in Munhak Elementary School, while the newly built prefecture office buildings are right across from Munhak Baseball Stadium. Another historical name of the city, was not used until the opening of the port in 1883. After the opening of the Incheon port, the city centre moved from Gwangyo to Jemulpo. Today, either Jemulpo or Gwangyo-dong is considered "Original Incheon", it was renamed as Jinsen during Japanese rule in Korean peninsula. In 1914, the Japanese colonial government merged outer parts of old Incheon with Bupyeong County, forming Bucheon County. Through 1936 and 1940, some part of Bucheon County was recombined into Incheon City, by which some part of "old" Bupyeong was annexed into Incheon. Incheon was part of Gyeonggi Province, but was granted Directly Governed City status on July 1, 1981. In 1989, neighbouring islands and Gyeyang township of Gimpo County were ceded to Incheon and in 1995 Geomdan township of Gimpo Country and two counties of Ganghwa and Onjin were annexed to Incheon Metropolitan City.
Incheon was known as Inchon prior to South Korea's adoption of a new Romanization system in 2000. The city was the site of the Battle of Chemulpo Bay, where the first shots of the Russo-Japanese War were fired. During the Korean War, Incheon was occupied by North Korean troops on 4 September 1950. Eleven days Incheon was the site of the Battle of Inchon, when United States troops landed to relieve pressure on the Pusan Perimeter and to launch a United Nations offensive northward; the result was a decisive UN victory and it was recaptured on 19 September 1950. The USS Inchon was named after the tide-turning battle. Incheon has hosted a series of major international events; the Global Fair & Festival 2009 Incheon was held in the Songdo District in August 2009. It was open from 7 August to 25 October for a period of 80 days, it was a comprehensive international event with global institutions and corporations as participants. Various musicians and artists performed during the event; the city hosted a meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers in February 2010.
Incheon was the site of the third Global Model United Nations Conference, held from 10th to the 14th of August 2011. It first hosted the Incheon Women Artists' Biennale in 2004 which expanded into welcoming international artists in its subsequent 2007, 2009 and 2011. Incheon hosted the Asian Games in 2014. On 27 February 2007, Incheon declared itself an "English City," and inaugurated the "Incheon Free English Zone" program; the goal of the program is to make the city as proficient in English as Hong Singapore. This is for the ultimate purpose of establishing Incheon as a commercial and business hub of northeast Asia; the official slogan of the program is "Smile with English." Incheon is home to a number of colleges and universities: George Mason University Korea Campus Ghent University Global Campus Gyeongin National University of Education Incheon campus Inha University Gachon University Medical·Ganghwa campus Gyeongin Women's College Inha Technical College Incheon Catholic University Incheon City College I
Lee Jung-jae a South Korean actor. He debuted as a fashion model began his acting career on television, notably in the campus series Feelings and the iconic drama Sandglass. After his acting breakthrough in An Affair, Lee's film career took off, he has starred in a variety of film genres, among them romantic films such as Il Mare and Over the Rainbow, melodrama Last Present, comedy Oh! Brothers, action films The Last Witness and Typhoon, heist film The Thieves, film noir New World, period film The Face Reader, he won Best Actor awards at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for City of the Rising Sun, at the Fantasporto Director's Week for The Housemaid. Lee Jung-jae was discovered by designer Ha Yong-soo while he was working at a café in Apgujeong worked as a fashion model for a number of years. Upon making his acting debut with the 1993 TV drama Dinosaur Teacher, Lee became a star overnight, was always cast in lead roles thereafter. A year he received favorable reviews for his first big screen role in Bae Chang-ho's The Young Man, but it was the 1994 hit campus drama Feelings that made him a household name.
In 1995 what was supposed to be a small supporting role as the heroine's silent, devoted bodyguard in ratings behemoth Sandglass turned Lee into a national heartthrob, such that his screen time was increased throughout the series' run. Lee's acting breakthrough would come in late 1998 in the award-winning film An Affair by E J-yong; this was followed up by another success, City of the Rising Sun, for which he won Best Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards. Though his time-travel romance Il Mare was not a popular success in 2000, since it has developed a loyal fan base a la Somewhere in Time and attained the status of a minor classic among Korean cinema fans. Lee followed up with melodrama Last Present alongside Lee Young-ae and action mystery The Last Witness directed by Bae Chang-ho. In 2003, he starred opposite Lee Beom-soo in Oh! Brothers, a comedy about two brothers, one of whom has an unusual disease; the film was one of Lee's biggest hits topping three million admissions at the local box office.
Nonetheless he remained out of the limelight for the next couple years. At the end of 2005 he returned in Typhoon, a big-budget action blockbuster by Kwak Kyung-taek, the director of Friend. Lee's much-anticipated return to television a decade after his memorable turn in Sandglass was not successful ratings-wise. With the period action comedy The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan, Lee said he wanted to try his hand at playing a different kind of role, a comical loose cannon type of character. Though it was not successful at the box office, he still considers it one of his most memorable films. Lee rejuvenated his career in the high-profile 2010 erotic thriller The Housemaid, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival. Lee nabbed a Best Actor award at the Fantasporto Director's Week; as his next project, he joined the star-studded ensemble cast of The Thieves, a 2012 heist film that became the second all-time highest-grossing movie in Korean cinema history.
El Fin del Mundo is a 13-minute split screen film made by visual artists Moon Kyung-won and Jeon Joon-ho, which depicts the destructive environmental changes the world faces in the future and the subsequent end of art and birth of new art based on dialogue between two artists in different times and space, played by Lee and Im Soo-jung. The film was screened at dOCUMENTA in 2012, considered the world's most prestigious and innovative contemporary art platform. A longtime art collector and honorary ambassador for the National Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011-2012, Lee narrated the 2013 TV documentary Contemporary Art, Bury the Boundary which highlighted homegrown Korean artists. In the noir thriller New World, he played a police officer who goes undercover in a crime organization. Lee said, he signed on to be managed by C-JeS Entertainment choosing the agency after he worked with Song Ji-hyo in New World. Lee portrayed Prince Suyang opposite Song Kang-ho in the period film The Face Reader, for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Baeksang Arts Awards.
This was followed by action-comedy Big Match in 2014, where he played a mixed martial arts fighter trying to save his brother by winning an elaborate high-stakes game. In 2015, he reunited with The Thieves director Choi Dong-hoon and actress Jun Ji-hyun in Assassination, set in 1930s Korea and Shanghai during the Japanese occupation. Lee won a Best Actor award at the 24th Buil Film Awards and was named Actor of the Year at the 3rd Marie Claire Asia Star Awards. Lee starred in his first Chinese film, crime drama Tik Tok, he returned to the Korean screen with the box office hit, Operation Chromite, playing a South Korean lieutenant in the navy, the man responsible for reversing the tide of the Korean War. Lee's films in 2017 include the historical epic Warriors of the Dawn and the fantasy blockbuster Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds. In 2019, Lee starred in Svaha: The Sixth Finger, an occult film.. The same year Lee confirmed to make his drama comeback in ten years with the drama The President's Aide alongside Shin Min-a.
He is set to play a character of a political advisor.. In August 2008, Lee was awarded his master's degree from Dongguk Univers