Incheon International Airport is located 52km (32 miles) from Seoul, the capital and largest city of South Korea, and the airport is the largest airport in South Korea. It is located west of Incheon, on Yeongjong-Yongyu Island on the West Coast. It is the main hub for Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Polar Air Cargo. There are currently more than 70 airlines serving Incheon International Airport. The largest carrier in terms of passenger numbers is Korean Air, followed by Asiana Airlines. Although all domestic flights depart from the main passenger terminal, the concourses are separated from the concourse for the other gates for the international flights. ...more
It is located on the 2nd floor near gate no. 115. On the floor where the Airline lounges are.
It is located on the 2nd floor near gate no. 115. On the floor where the Airline lounges are.
Incheon International Airport is located 52km (32 miles) from Seoul, the capital and largest city of South Korea, and the airport is the largest airport in South Korea. It is located west of Incheon, on Yeongjong-Yongyu Island on the West Coast.
It is the main hub for Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Polar Air Cargo. There are currently more than 70 airlines serving Incheon International Airport. The largest carrier in terms of passenger numbers is Korean Air, followed by Asiana Airlines.
Although all domestic flights depart from the main passenger terminal, the concourses are separated from the concourse for the other gates for the international flights.
272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
The airport has two multi-faith prayer rooms in the transit area. One on the 2nd Floor near in the Duty-free area and the other on the 4th Floor Concourse. They are open 24 hours and are intended for all religions.
Check here for the experience of Khadija Wan Mohd Ghazali praying in the Incheon Airport here
The closest mosque is the Seoul Central Masjid located on 732-21 Hannam 2-Dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Korea 140-212. However this is a considerable distance from the airport so it is recommended that travellers offer their prayers before leaving the airport. There is a separate prayer room for women.
The airport does not provide any halal dining outlets.
In Seoul, within about 10 minutes walking distance from the Central Masjid is the Taqwa Tandoori Restaurant located on 131-36 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea 140-200. It is located directly across Hamilton Hotel near Burger King on the third floor and has great home style cooking. It serves South Asian cuisine the owners are known Muslims and they have a full halal menu. There is no alcohol served at the restaurants.
There are many forms of transport to and from Incheon International Airport including bus, limousines, shuttle, taxis, rail and ferry.
Buses: There are many regular inter-city buses available which stop at the major districts and hotels around Seoul. The bus stop is in the passenger terminal arrival floor (first floor) 5A on curb side.
Car Hire: Car rental services are available from Avis and Kumho Rent-A-Car on the first floor in the public area near exits 3 and 14. Kumho Rent-A-Car has a worldwide network of 83 offices and 9,000 vehicles available for hire. A vehicle can easily be hired online with a large variety of options available, including airport-linked, one-way, chauffeured and long-term rental service.
Rail: When tickets for KTX and Premium Limousine (to Seoul) are purchased passengers get a 25% discount. The rail links Incheon International Airport with Gimpo Airport and local subway services into Seoul.
Taxis: Regular, deluxe and jumbo taxis (for up to nine people) can be hired at the airport (journey time to central Seoul - 50 minutes). Taxi stands are situated at the Arrivals floor exit. The taxis which are operating from this airport run in partnership with Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi taxis to avoid the long distance premium charge when travelling to Seoul. The white taxis are "normal taxis" with either a blue or green cap on the top of the car. Special taxis, also known as the "deluxe taxis" are black in color with gold accent/stripes and are more expensive than regular taxis.
Ferry: A ferry service runs from Incheon to Yeongjong-do, but further transport arrangements must be made to get into the city as the ferry dock is located a considerable distance from the airport.
More than 40 duty-free shops are operated by four companies inside the airport and the Shilla Duty Free is the largest shop offering perfumes, cosmetics, apparel, leather good and accessories on the third floor near departure hall3.
There is a supermarket in the basement area, department stores such as Missha, Etude House, and VOV selling cosmetics , convenience stores and bookshops such as Mini Stop, CVS and GS Books selling everything from toiletries, batteries, stationery, phone cards and reading material.
There are no. of ATMs located in the passenger terminal. For general banking services, foreign exchange services and travellerƒ??s cheques there are four banks located inside the airport. The banks are Shinhan Bank, Korea Exchange Bank, Hana Bank and Koomin Bank.
Travel insurance and passenger departure tax receipts are provided by Meritz Insurance, Samsung Fire and Marine, AIG General Insurance and LIG Insurance. Global Refund located in the departure area on the third floor near gate 28 allows foreign tourists and overseas Koreans to claim back tax (VAT and special consumption tax) and get cash refunds on items purchased at designated tax-free shops.
There are two internet lounges one in the passenger terminal and one in concourse which are both free of cost. There are baby care lounges equipped with nursing rooms, diaper changing tables, reclining chairs, washstands and water filters. One of the children playrooms is located on the third floor of the departure area in the passenger terminal which is open around the clock.
For passengers who love golf there is the Incheon golf club in the international business area and the Sky72 Golf Club.
The Sheraton Walker Hill Transit Hotel is located in the east and west wing of the duty-free area of this airportƒ??s passenger terminal. It has 90 guest rooms, 4 transit lounges and 2 hotel lounges.
One of the biggest things to consider when planning your trip is accommodation. Where you stay makes a difference in how much you might or might not enjoy your holiday – convenience, comfort, and amenities are only part of the thought process required to make it perfect. Airbnb is awesome because you can find places to crash that seem tailor-made to fit your requirements, including budget. The best part is you also get to really feel like you are a part of the culture, adding on to your trip experience. With so much hype over Korean culture lately (thanks to K-Pop), Korea has been opening its doors to the world. Don’t fret about where to stay in Korea though. Feel at home in these cozy Airbnb Apartments while immersing yourself in the culture and people. 1. A Studio 52 | The K Hotel | Yangje Citizen’s Forest ST Credit: Haejun on Airbnb With a highly rated host, this studio apartment with rooftop garden access has plenty of good reviews. If you go in springtime, you’ll be blessed with cherry blossoms practically outside your window! Haejun and her husband have traveled extensively, so language is not a barrier. Chat with her about life in Korea and her travels around the world; and thanks to her husband’s profession of photography, experience those journeys through his pictures. Their house is located near train stations and a shopping mall for your added convenience, making this a wonderful homestay in Korea. Price Range: SGD$59 ($$)Airbnb 2. Tradition with modern. Lovely & cozy Credit: Dain on Airbnb Dain is a great host who has opened his house to guests. He believes in living the culture when you travel and has turned his house into something of a porcelain antique store, complete with a tea ceremony for your entertainment. With nearly a 5 star rating, this is the kind of place where you get the best of both worlds – traditional indoors with the city at your fingertips. Price Range: SGD$60 ($$)Airbnb 3. Bright Spacious Fully Furnished Apartment Credit: Dennis on Airbnb The only downside of Airbnb homes is that, well, it’s not a hotel. And let’s face it: who really wants to do housekeeping when they’re on holiday? In that case, this place is a treat! Extremely conveniently located (within 5-10 minutes of bus stands and metro stations; including direct access from Incheon Airport via the 601 Bus), one of the advantages of this fully furnished apartment is the housekeeping service available from Monday to Friday. The hosts believe in hotel service with a personal home environment giving you a great Seoul Airbnb experience. Sounds like a recipe for the perfect holiday! The neighborhood is packed with cafes and souvenir shopping stores as well. Price Range: SGD$140 ($$$)Airbnb 4. Myeong Dong Portable WiFi Credit: Seoul Sister House Located just 8 minutes away from the major shopping area of Myeong Dong, and literally, a hop, step and jump away from Chungmu-ro subway station are only a few of the perks of this furnished studio. Sisters J and K are super hosts that are readily available to answer your queries or solve any issue you might be having. Part of their 5-star rating is due to the portable WiFi egg they offer that allows you internet access when you are on the move in the city. Add in a view of the city and the mountains and you’ve got a great deal. One of the best places to stay in Korea! Price Range: SGD$68 ($$)Airbnb 5. Fantastic View in the Middle of Seoul Credit: Yeojin on Airbnb If you’re looking for a quiet area to stay that is also convenient, this is the jackpot. With a beautiful view of the Han River and a park around the corner, you can get your fill of nature and fresh air. The Dongjak station is only a 5-minute walk away with major tourist areas like Apgujeong and Itaewon less than a half an hour train ride away. Living with a hospitable family gives insight into tourist hotspots as well as what life in Korea is like. Price Range: SGD$53 ($$)Airbnb 6. Safe and comfort for Women Lovely apartment Credit: James on Airbnb Female travelers, rejoice! This clean, stylish apartment has a 5-star rating thanks to the amazing hosts and its central location. It is one of the best Airbnb’s in Seoul. The wife of the host speaks English, the kids love if you play with them, but the family also respects your privacy if you wish to keep to yourself. The metro station is a 5-minute walk away and the building has top security, so you are free to explore the city and come back to your safe spot. Since the other guests are only women, sharing the space and the bathroom (only if the other room is reserved) is much more comfortable. Price Range: SGD$37 ($)Airbnb 7. Located at Main Street at Bukchon Hanok in Seoul Credit: Donny on Airbnb If you really want to steep yourself in the culture, the best place to stay is a hanok. There aren’t too many of them available now, so jump at the chance if you get one. A hanok is a traditional Korean house and staying at this one will transport you back in time. Set in the culturally rich neighborhood of Samcheongdong, the wider setting only serves to add to the charm. The staff and hosts are extremely friendly and will help guide you around the area to popular spots. Price Range: SGD$60 ($)Airbnb 8. Bibimbap Guesthouse Credit: Bibimbap on Airbnb This traditional guesthouse is over a hundred years old and located near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ChangDeok Palace. The olden charm is enhanced with the ondol style rooms (traditional Korean) with its own private bathroom and Korean breakfast, but they do offer Western breakfast if you prefer. The hosts live on the premises and they love interacting with their guests. The guesthouse is situated just a few minutes away from the Jogno Subway Station and is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and stores for you to explore. Price Range: SGD$51 ($$)Airbnb 9. Private Queen Bedroom in a Beautiful Shared House Credit: Villa Seoul Garosugil on Airbnb If you’ve wondered what it’s like to live in Gangnam, this is the spot for you. Gangnam is an up-and-coming neighborhood and as such, is teeming with stylish cafes and spots to explore. Being located close to public transport makes this task all the easier. The host, Sarah, is highly rated on her efficiency, friendliness, and attention to detail. The place is kept sparkling clean and is stocked with the usual amenities. If you want to meet people on your travels and like sharing a space, this is the place for you! Price Range: SGD$42 ($$)Airbnb 10. Don Quixote Stay Credit: 정한(Han'S) on Airbnb Single – Have you ever wanted to sleep under the stars? Well, this isn’t really the same thing but it is a rooftop adventure! This place boasts a private room with a toilet and shower, plus basic amenities, on a rooftop, in close proximity to all the major areas. Do you need any more reasons to say yes? It is 5 minutes away from Gangnam and Itaewon and 10 minutes away from Myeongdong, not to mention close to the bicycle path, so if you’re a cyclist, this one’s for you. There is also a 24-hour convenience store nearby. With fresh air to bask in at the end of the day, this place definitely gives you your money’s worth. Price Range: SGD$36 ($)Airbnb 11. 5 minute Station, Gangnam, Super clean and spacious apartment Credit: Ann on Airbnb Located in that is known as the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Seoul, this clean and spacious apartment has a super host with attention to detail. The room in the apartment is centrally located being a 5-minute walk from the subway station and with direct access to the airport (Incheon Airport Limousine Bus stops at Cheongdam Station which is a 7-minute walk away.) With security to keep you feeling safe, stores and restaurants around the area to discover and a friendly host, this is rated as one of the top spots to stay in when in Seoul! Price Range: SGD$48 ($)Airbnb All the places listed here have a minimum of 4.5-star ratings on AirbnB. People do have slightly different experiences though, depending, so we hope yours is a good one! You don’t have to wonder about how to find accommodation in Korea now, thanks to Airbnb, so you have no excuses to put off planning a trip there!...
Talk about K-dramas, K-pop, K-beauty, and the beautiful Korean Culture, the list is endless! The worldwide interest towards Korean entertainment has been garnering popularity for more than a decade now.As endless K-dramas are released, tourists are spoilt for choice when deciding which filming site to visit. So here at HalalTrip, we attempted to narrow them down to 8 of the most famous filming locations to check out in South Korea. (Psst! Start planning your 5 Day Solo Travel to Korea!) 1. Dongdaemun Design Plaza Credit: Dongdaemun Design Plaza This landmark was not only featured in hit TV Shows like The Producers and My Love From The Star, but also in reality shows such as Infinity Challenge and Running Man. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza is not only known for its neo-futuristic style but its fame also lies in the fashion aspects of it. The famous Seoul Fashion Week is organized at this plaza due to its urban architecture as well as its LED rose gardens, complimenting different styles. Incorporating K-reality, K-dramas and K-fashion, the plaza ties in three aspects of the K-Kraze! So what are you waiting for?! Address: 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 중구 을지로 281Operating Hours: 10AM to 9PM (Mon-Fri) 10AM to 10PM (Sat-Sun)Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube 2. Gwanghwamun Square Credit: Visit Korea With a more authentic and traditional twist, Gwaghwamun Square is a fascinating location for historical lovers. It was the location of royal administrative buildings and the city center during the Joseon Dynasty, making it the perfect location for historical dramas. It may not be the exact location of all your favorite movies and TV Shows but it really gives the sense of Korean culture. The similar architectures, namely statues of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin and Sejong the Great will all transport you to your favorite on-screen moments. TV shows that were filmed in this site were Queen In Hyun's Man and IRIS. Address: 172, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 종로구 세종대로 172Operating Hours: Opens 24 hours dailyWebsite 3. N Seoul Tower credit: N Seoul Tower on Facebook There is no doubt that a key selling point of K-dramas and K-movies are the romantic love stories that touch millions of hearts worldwide. Love is a universal language that allowed K-entertainment to travel far across the world and it's the reason why the N Seoul Tower is the perfect place to visit with your significant other. It is similar to other Cadenas d’amour around the world where you can buy a lock and secure it over the glorious panoramic view of Seoul. My Love From Another Star and Boys Over Flowers are both iconic TV shows that have featured the N Seoul Tower as part of their romantic scene development. Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)Operating Hours: 10AM to 11PM (Sunday-Friday) 10AM to 12AM (Saturday)Website | Facebook 4. Korean Folk Village Credit: Korea Tour Information If you want to be completely transported on your visit to Korea, and have a taste of things you see and hear in all Korean dramas and movies, then the Folk Village is definitely an experience to NOT miss. Dramas like Jewel in the Palace, Arang and the Magistrate, and Moon Embracing the Sun were filmed here. There is something for everyone; cultural classes on the Shaman Faith, winter customs, lessons on Confucian Ideology and so much more! They also have performances that include martial arts on horseback, traditional weddings, and music shows. If neither of these is for you, there are also natural volcano sites, ice sledding sites and of course food stalls specializing in Korean delicacies! Address: 90 Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 경기도 용인시 기흥구 민속촌로 90 (보라동)Operating Hours: February to April 9.30AM to 6PM (Weekdays) 9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekends) May to September 9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekdays) 9.30AM to 8PM (Weekends) October 9.30AM to 6PM (Weekdays) 9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekends) November to January 9.30AM to 5.30PM (Weekdays) 9.30AM to 6PM (Weekends)Ticket Fee: 13,000₩ onwards (Refer here for various ticket rates)Website 5. Wolmido Island, Incheon Credit: Visit Korea In a different spin, the Wolmido Island in Incheon is a great day trip out of Seoul. This coastal island features a wide range of attractions that you can visit such as an amusement park, restaurants, a cultural street and an outdoor stage with spontaneous performances and street artists. It’s been featured in Descendants of the Sun, a huge phenomenon in Korean TV that brought many new fans to the K-Craze. Due to its proximity to the sea, there is fresh seafood at an affordable price, making your trip a delicious one. Address: 36, Wolmimunhwa-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon 인천광역시 중구 월미문화로 36 (북성동1가)Website 6. Chuam Beach, Donghae Credit: Korean Tourism Organization If you are in Korea during the hot sunny seasons, Chuam Beach is the perfect location for a mix of Korean and Mediterranean type beaches. There are beautiful landscapes with a variety of rock formations and glorious coastal cliffs that will make your beach experience more picturesque. So if you are not interested in swimming or sunbathing, you can just relax and enjoy the scenery. Make sure to get there in time for sunrise and sunset to enjoy truly spectacular scenery that will take your breath away. The beach was featured in My Secret Romance and resorts around it have also been used for filming too. Address: 26, Chotdaebawi-gil, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do 강원도 동해시 촛대바위길 26 (추암동) 7. White Block Gallery, Paju Credit: White Block White Block Gallery is an art gallery cafe with a white, sleek and clean design. It’s been featured in an immense amount of dramas including Introverted Boss, Legend of The Blue Sea and On The Way To The Airport. The aesthetics of the cafe makes it a clear choice for intense scenes and it should definitely be a priority for all tourists. The lighting here is perfect for your Instagram photo shoots. When you're done with your coffee and treats, make sure to absorb the cultural art that the gallery has to offer and wander around the beautiful outdoor gardens. Address: 1652-238 Beopheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Gyeonggi-do, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10:30AM to 6:30PM (Weekdays) 10:30AM to 7PM(Weekends)Website | Facebook | Instagram 8. Jangsado Sea Park Credit: Korea Tourism Organization Last but not least, for spectacular views and iconic photos, a stunning park named Jangsado Sea Park is great to visit all year round. You can see the blooms of Camellia flowers in the new year and witness the fields blossom to a new life in the spring. There are many scenic views varying from gorgeous greenery to calm waters. It was featured in episode 7 of Kim Woo Bin’s drama ‘Uncontrollably Fond’. It’s not particularly crowded with tourists so visiting here will allow you to experience the true charm of Korea. Address: 55 Jangsado-gil, Hansan-myeon, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South KoreaWebsite There you have it! 8 different locations, each with a wonderful and unique feature, that you can visit as a K-Fan. Annyeong!!...
Picture Credit - Original Image © Marvel Studios' Black Panther ***Spoiler alert!!!*** The following article contains spoilers from the Black Panther film. You have been warned! via GIPHY Marvel Studio’s Black Panther has been making waves online for its empowering representation of a futuristic, ethnic hybrid of pan-African culture and civilisation that is Wakanda. Fans all over the world have been raving over the beauty and significance of all sorts of details in the film. So, we're taking a look at 6 features of Wakanda's technology, fashion, nature, culture and diplomacy that you can actually experience in real life. Check out our top Travel Destinations for 2018 Find things to do on our Halal Travel Blog 1. Ride a Maglev train Picture Credit - Tim Adams, flickr.com Agent Ross: These...these train things, that’s magnetic levitation, right?Shuri: Obviously!Agent Ross: Obviously? I’ve never seen it this...efficient. The light panels, what are they?Shuri: Sonic stabilisersAgent Ross: Sonic what?Shuri: In its raw form, Vibranium is too dangerous to be transported at that speed, so I developed a way to temporarily deactivate it.Agent Ross: There’s Vibranium on those trains?Shuri: There’s Vibranium all around us. That’s how I healed you. via GIPHY While we may not have Vibranium, Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) trains actually exist in real life! There are only three countries in the world right now that have them: China, South Korea and Japan, and while they don’t have sonic stabilisers to temporarily disable raw Vibranium at high speeds, these trains can move pretty fast! Maglev trains average over 300km/h, and have clocked in maximum speeds of above 500km/h. Some trains, like the ones in China, also have an LED signboard to tell you how fast they’re going, so it could be an Instagram-worthy moment to capture if you ever find yourself in the Far East. Picture credit - Bernt Rostad, flickr.com Right now, the Maglev trains in South Korea and China are relatively new compared to Japan’s, so they might be better for those who just want to experience a shorter ride, exploring the attractions around Shanghai or Incheon. China’s Shanghai Maglev train can take you from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road Station, while South Korea’s Ecobee can take you from Incheon International Airport to Yongyu, 6 stops away. Find Attractions near you in Shanghai, China Find Attractions near you in South Korea For those who crave longer journeys, you can get yourself a Japan Rail Pass to get train tickets at discounted rates. The Shinkasen, Japan’s Maglev, runs through pretty much the whole country, so you’d be able to visit Mount Fuji in Shizuoka, go shopping in Kagoshima and relax at an Onsen in Semboku City, even if you were travelling for just a few days. Picture Credit - www.nippon.com In the works: The Hyperloop Vactrain Picture Credit - Reuters Dubai is upping the tech ante by working with Elon Musk to build the Hyperloop, its own Vactrain; a Maglev train that operates within a vacuum tunnel. Without any air resistance, it can reach speeds of up to 1200km/h (theoretically!) A prototype is slated for completion by 2020, the route connecting Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Right now, it takes slightly over 1 hour 30 minutes by car, and 1 hour 40 minutes by metro. With the Hyperloop, the estimated travel time is an incredible 12 minutes, which would be great for locals and tourists alike, so there'll be much more opportunities to explore both Abu Dhabi and Dubai! 2. Remotely pilot a drone (and ride self-driving vehicles) Picture Credit - trailers.apple.com In Black Panther, we see Shuri remotely driving a car while T’Challa battles the baddies, and Agent Ross pilots a Wakandan aircraft remotely from Shuri’s lab. While we’re still some way from remote-piloted cars being commercially available, you can content yourself with remote-piloting a remote control (RC) drone with a camera. As for riding a vehicle without actually driving it, the closest thing we have right now are probably self-driving vehicles, like the electric pods in London, at the London Heathrow Airport: Picture Credit - wtsinternational.org You can also grab a ride on a driverless shuttle around Gardens by the Bay, if you’re in Singapore: Picture Credit - straitstimes.com If being on the ground isn’t exciting enough for you, you can place your hopes in Dubai, where they've pilot-tested self-flying taxis to be rolled out some time in 2021: Picture credit - gulfnews.com 3. Promote distinct, modest fashion Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther Black Panther featured an ethnically inspired fashion from all over Africa, which is great for its unique, colourful and fresh perspective it gave the fashion industry. In Indonesia, some have commented on how life imitates art... Picture Credit - Rima Wahyuningrum, Kompas.com ...and how art imitates life: Picture Credit - tribunstyle.com Besides ethnically inspired African fashion, Modest fashion also happens to be facing a similar trend in rising interest as a distinct philosophy and design attitude. More and more big names in fashion have been releasing modest fashion lines in their endeavours to capture a slice of the Muslim market, the most recent one being Macy’s. Stylist.co.uk's Ramona Aly reports that, “according to a recent report from Thomson Reuters and Dinar Standard globally, Muslims spent £185 billion on clothing and footwear in 2013. That tops the total fashion spend of Japan and Italy combined.” With so much potential from the Muslim travel and fashion markets, dignified beautification is, in sha Allah, fast becoming the next big thing in the fashion world. Here’s some ethnically inspired modest fashion designs: Picture Credit - @hijabstyleicon, Instagram Picture Credit - @YazTheSpaz89, Pinterest 4. Stunning Natural Locations Picture Credit - Still from trailer, © Marvel Studio's Black Panther Black Panther sure had a lot of impressive filming locations, and what better way to destress than to leave the hustle and bustle of the city, watch the sunset with a loved one, or gaze at the stars? Here, we look at four of the stunning natural scenes in this section: the ancestral plains, the mountains and the waterfalls. Savannah Grasslands Sunsets When T’Challa is sent to the ancestral plane to meet his father, we see them set in a beautiful Savanna Grassland. For us at least, it's a good thing we don't have to go to the ancestral plane to experience this, in Africa! Mountain sunsets Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther Having bested Killmonger, we see T’Challa honour Kilmonger’s final request to see the Wakandan sun, set behind the mountains. Those mountains may have been in Wakanda, but if it’s just mountains you’re looking for, any mountain will do, right? The beauty and majesty of these natural formations never fail to inspire awe in their visitors, and the best part is, there are literally hundreds of mountains out there in every continent of the world. View from the top of Jerangkang waterfall, Pahang, Malaysia: Picture Credit - mohdfaizaladha, Instagram Find a majestic mountain near you Waterfalls (with lakes at the bottom) Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther The landscape shots for the river district, where the proving rituals were done, was filmed in Iguazu Falls, Argentina (the close-up scenes were filmed in a studio set), but with so many waterfalls in the world, there’s something for everyone, no matter where you are. Victoria Falls, Zambia-Zimbabwe border Niagria Falls, Canada Plitvice Falls, Croatia Picture Credit - croatiaweek.com Dua Warna Falls, Sibolangit, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia Picture Credit - Ariana Photography, wowshack.com Sri Gethuk Falls, Menggoran Beleberan Village, Playen, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Picture Credit - Soga Soegierto, wowshack.com Find a wondrous waterfall near you 5. Learn a Foreign Language Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther In the film, we see the Wakandans speaking English and Xhosa, (and Nakia apparently speaks Korean, too!) Learning to become a specialist in one or more languages might open your doors to more exciting opportunities, and in today’s fast-changing world, who knows how knowing a foreign language could come in handy? You can try taking up diplomatic work like Nakia does, or do business in new and emerging markets around the world. Also, you may not necessarily have to learn a new language to understand one, and be understood. The Google Translate app lets you use your camera for instant text translation: Picture Credit - Google LLC, play.google.com Google's other translation product, the Google Pixel Earbuds, can translate 40 spoken languages for you on the go. Paired with the Google Assistant, you can even ask it for directions to nearby amenities, making the wireless earbuds a potential, worthy travel companion to consider. Note that an Assistant-enabled Android device and a data connection is required for these features, though. Picture Credit - store.google.com 6. Build Bridges! Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studio's Black Panther “We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” - T'Challa T’Challa’s message to build bridges strongly resonates with the Muslim experience of the war on terror and Islamophobia. The constant reinforcement of terrorism and “Islamic” radicalisation in the media means that Muslims have to reach out to their neighbours, now more than ever, to promote peace and mutual understanding between peoples from all walks of life, no matter where they are in the world. Hence, here are four initiatives that one can get involved in to build bridges. The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies is an annual forum to address and diminish and hatred and clarify Islam’s position as a religion of peace and justice. The forum was responsible for convening the Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities together with the Moroccan government in Marrakesh, Morocco. UN Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) The United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) mentions in their Vision Statement that they work “toward a more peaceful, more socially inclusive world, by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, and highlighting the will of the world’s majority to reject extremism and embrace diversity.” The Organisation hosts and sponsors an entire spectrum of initiatives to this end. Study Peace Studies Picture Credit - Best Goods on Sale, aliexpress.com Yes, you can actually become a scholar in peace studies! Peace studies programmes tend to be at the postgraduate level, so you won't have to worry if you've already got a degree in any field. In any case, what better way is there to prepare for the role of promoting peace, than by actually spending some time to study it? There are peace studies programmes found in literally every continent, so if you’re considering a career in diplomacy, scholarship or a career in an NGO, this might be a very possible path to pursue to build bridges. Promote Inter-faith Relations Picture Credit - Harmony Centre @ An-Nahdhah Mosque, Singapore | Facebook It might seem counter-intuitive for the adherent of one religion to study another religion, but according to Dr Marianne Moyaert, a professor at VU University Amsterdam, interfaith experiences can lead a person to become more committed to their own tradition, because understanding the other requires understanding the self. The process can cause individuals to become more rooted and more vast in their understanding as they encounter the depth and breadth of the landscape of human spirituality. Enjoining good neighbourly relations with the members of other communities also helps raise awareness about the true, upright character of Islam and dispels any misgivings that non-Muslims may have. Wakanda's Spirit lives on... Picture Credit - redbubble.com Wakanda may not exist in real life, but if the film was inspired by real people, real places, real ideas and real practices, at least we know that the spirit of Wakanda is out there, and not just in Africa! So get up and get going, because Wakanda awaits! Check out our top travel destinations for 2018 Find things to do on our Halal travel blog...
If you're looking for a place to enjoy a solo trip, you might want to consider travelling to South Korea alone. As this nation boasts a rich history, amazing cultural splendor, endless sightseeing options, and a wide array of modern-day luxuries, a vacation in South Korea could be the perfect way to spend some time on your own. To help you get started, we have put together a few tips for planning your first solo trip to South Korea, including a 5-day travel plan, but before we get down to it, let’s take a look at the top reasons why South Korea is awesome for solo travel. Find a Halal Restaurant near you in South Korea via GIPHY Unique Cultural and Historical Splendor South Korea is one of those nations which boasts a proud history, dating back over a thousand years. Whether you are a history enthusiast or not, this is great, 'cause it ensures you will have lots to learn that will make your solo travel to South Korea much more meaningful. This historical splendor extends to regal palaces, royal tombs and beautiful places of worship, some of which have even been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is truly amazing to see how a mix of age-old traditions blend in with modern-day luxuries, which makes for the perfect setting for a rejuvenating holiday experience. Beautiful Nature and Vibrant City Life While the hectic lifestyles of vibrant cities like Seoul and Busan might dominate your itinerary, you should also make some time to enjoy the scenic, natural surroundings of South Korea. Even among the city landscapes, you can find well-preserved countrysides, majestic mountain ranges and pristine-quality beaches, perfect for relaxing during your solo trip to South Korea. Trendy Stores and Boutiques In recent years South Korea has gained much popularity for the unique trends it has introduced into the fashion world. So, as you explore the many wonders of South Korea alone, you can treat yourself to a very enjoyable shopping experience in their glamourous shopping malls and shopping streets. This is also a perfect time to grab gifts for all your near and dear ones, who surely must be missing you while you are out on an adventurous holiday in South Korea. You might notice that South Koreans have also mastered the art of maintaining flawless and radiant skin, so you might want to keep an eye out for some of their popular make-up and skin care brands that are some of the best, internationally renowned products available. Enjoy Exciting Korean Cuisine Picture Credit - http2007, www.flickr.com South Korean cuisine is known to be one of the most exciting culinary options from around the world. Be prepared to enjoy a variety of dishes made from fresh ingredients that'll most certainly tantalize your taste buds. For this reason, we've also included some of the best places to enjoy Halal food in South Korea as part of your South Korea solo travel guide. via GIPHY Now that you know plenty of reasons why South Korea is awesome for solo travel, you might want to make a note of the following useful tips for planning your first solo trip to South Korea. Make the most out of the public transport system – the public transport system in South Korea is known to be very efficient and cost-effective. especially around the busy city areas. Try and download a few transportation apps that provide information on the subway and bus systems and you're good to go! Taxis, too, are a great way to get about quickly, and to avoid the crowd during the rush hour. Get yourself a T-money card or Hanaro card to pay for transport and other amenities. Be mindful of your luggage and carry around identification wherever you go.Dial 1330 for South Korea’s 24/7 hotline maintained to provide information for tourists.Take a look at this 5-Day Itinerary which could be a great inspiration for your vacation in South Korea. DAY 1 – 2: Seoul Picture Credit - Deiameth, en.wikipedia.org What better way to kickstart your holiday than exploring the wonders of one of the best-known travel destinations in the world, Seoul. You will have the choice of landing between two of Seoul's premier airports - Incheon International Airport or Seoul Gimpo Airport. Once you're there, you'd probably want to first settle down at your hotel and freshen up before you begin your journey. Here are some of the best Muslim-friendly hotels you could consider for your stay. Follow our airport guide to Incheon International Airport 1. BoA Travel House Picture Credit - www.boatravelhouse.com Address: 510-14 Changcheon-Dong, Seodaemun-Gu, 120-836 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: 5-minute walk from Hongik University Subway Station 2. Hamilton Hotel SeoulAddress: 179, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu , Yongsan-Gu, 04350 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: Just in front of Itaewon Subway Station 3. Eid Muslim Friendly Guesthouse Photo credit - www.hotelscombined.com Address: 67-20, Usadan-ro 4-gil, Yongsan-gu, Yongsan-Gu, 140-824 Seoul, South Korea 4. FN House Picture Credit - facebook.com/fnsquaredseoul Address: 634-8, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 135-895 Seoul, South Korea Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 5. G Guesthouse Itaewon Picture Credit - en.gguest.com Address: 131-11 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-Gu, 140-858 Seoul, South KoreaAccess: One minute walk from Itaewon Subway Station Facebook As a premier shopping destination, Seoul has quite a number of ultra-modern shopping malls, street markets and boutiques that are perfect for every type of shopping need. While you might have to resist the urge to purchase everything great that catches your eye, this sure is a great way to wander and explore all the amazing things the city has to offer in the top shopping locations like Dongdaemun Market, Lotte Department Store, Times Square Mall and I’Park Mall. In between your shopping expedition you can stop by some of the famous historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum located nearby. On your second day in Seoul you could get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beauty of the seven mountains, a great place to enjoy an adventurous hike. Among the main prayer facilities and mosques in South Korea, you should visit the Seoul Central Mosque as it is famous for being the first mosque in South Korea. Food-wise, you will have plenty of options to enjoy some great tasting Halal food in South Korea. Our top picks include: 1. EID Korean Restaurant Picture Credit - facebook.com/eid.halal.korean.food Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, SeoulOpening Hours: Tuesday - Sundays: 11.30 am - 9 pmContact: +82 070 8899 8210 Facebook | Instagram 2. Makan Halal Korean Restaurant Photo credit - facebook.com/MakanKorea Address: 52, Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea 140-911Opening Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays - Sundays: 10.30 am - 10 pm Facebook | Google+ 3. Yang Good Korean BBQ Picture Credit - Rotasız Agasshi Address: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-ro, 95 gil, 15Opening Hours: 4 pm - 2 am daily 4. Murree Muslim FoodAddress: 140-7 Itaewon-Dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-858Opening Hours: 10.30 am - 11 pm Facebook 5. Mr. Kebab Picture Credit - facebook.com/mrkebabkorea Address: 192 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm Facebook 6. Kervan Traditional Turkish Restaurant Picture Credit - www.kervan.co.kr Address: 127-3, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 11.30 am - 11 pmContact: 02-792-4767 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 7. Persian Palace Picture Credit - www.facebook.com/DrShapour Address: 110-522 9, Sungkyunkwan-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, SeoulOpening Hours: 11 am - 10 pmContact: +82-2-763-6050 Facebook DAY 3: DMZ/JSA The De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) are very important sites every traveler should visit in South Korea. You can join a group tour which has to be booked in advance, and this is a great way to learn about the historic division of the peninsula. The tour includes stops at main attractions like the Imjingak Park, the Unification Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and Dorasan Station – the famous railway between South and North Korea. Following the tour, you can go back to Seoul and get set for the next part of your journey. DAY 4: Jeju Island This is the largest island in South Korea, and you need to take a short flight from Seoul to get there. The island includes many amazing attractions and relaxing things to do, like enjoying a serene walk among the bonsai trees of Hallim Park, following the nature trails of Seolbong Park, witnessing the splendor of Cheonjiyeon Falls or Manjanggul Lava Tube, relaxing on the beautiful beaches, or spending time in the Seongeup Folk Village. DAY 5: Busan Photo credit - www.goodfreephotos.com You can leave from Jeju Airport to reach South Korea’s second most-populous city, Busan. There are quite a number of fun places to visit in South Korea alone within the city, so this is a great way to end your vacation. Some of the things you can do during this time include relaxing on one of the top beaches, like Haeundae, Dadaepo, and Gwangali, or exploring Dongbaekseom Island – famous for the iconic mermaid statue, Gamcheon Cultural Village and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Before you catch your flight at Gimhae International Airport to head home, you'll be able to find some authentic souvenirs in Nampodong. The Busan Al-Fatah Mosque is located nearby for prayer facilities. To enjoy a great South Korean meal before you leave, the Busan Jib Restaurant is a great place that serves mouthwatering, spicy Halal food in South Korea: Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm dailyAddress: 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, South Korea Facebook | Instagram via GIPHY Go on a Halal Trip to South Korea with us...
Seoul is one big shopping heaven, so you are not at a loss when it comes to wondering what to buy in Korea. With millions of shoppers every day, the city is conveniently organised into distinct areas that cater to specific groups of shoppers. Not only does this mean that comparing prices and products is much easier, it also saves time if you are targeting just one kind of item. It has to be noted that the areas in concern are rather large and requires a lot of walking between shops, so get your walking shoes on because you are really going to rack up those steps on your pedometer! Since South Korea understands its shopping vibe so well, almost all the major shopping areas are located near train stations for ease of access, and the stations provide lockers to store your purchases thus far so that you don’t have to lug them around the whole day. How cool is that! Here are the top 10 places to shop in Seoul: For Traditional Items and Souvenirs 1) Insadong Street Picture credit - theseoulguide.com You can’t visit Seoul without going back with souvenirs and local items for yourself and friends and family. The best place to get these is Insadong, a 700-meter long street that sells Korean tea, antiques, traditional clothing like the hanbok, pottery, folk craft, and more. You better have Google translate handy as all the signs are in Korean, even Starbucks! Opening hours: 10 am to 8 pm, Daily Address: Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea Nearest station: Anguk Station, Exit 6 or Jonggak Station, Exit 3 2) Gwangjang Market Picture Credit - www.migrationology.com This bustling place is one of the oldest marketplaces and hence, one of the most quaint ones. Open for more than 110 years, Gwangjang Market is THE place Koreans go to purchase wedding wear and wedding food. Even if you don’t require any such items, it is worth visiting it just for the vibe – and they do sell local fabrics and food, amongst other items. Besides, how often do you get to visit such old marketplaces? Opening hours: Clothing stores open 9 pm to 10 am the next day, Monday to Saturday General stores open 8:30 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday Address: 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Nearest station: Jongno 5-ga Station, Exit 8 or Euljiro 4-ga Station, Exit 4 For Local Designer Clothes 3) Common Ground Picture credit - english.visitkorea.or.kr Even though Seoul carries international brand names like H&M and Zara, if you are in South Korea, you should shop like a South Korean. They are known for their trendy fashion sense that is evident amongst the youth, and local designers have many opportunities to showcase and sell their items. Common Ground is a pop-up container mall that has an artsy vibe where you can find small shops set up by local designers with a range of items. An insider tip: Most locals look for the “Made in Korea” tag, not just because of their patriotism, but because they are of much better quality than imported Chinese items, even if they are a bit pricier. Opening Hours: 11 am to 10 pm, Daily Address: 200, Achasan-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul Nearest Station: Konkuk University Station, Exit 6 4) Hongdae (Hongik University Street) Picture Credit - theseoulguide.com More of a cool hang-out area than a shopping one, Hongdae caters to the youth and is inspired by Hongik University. Even if you don’t want to purchase anything from the area, it is worth a visit as they have plenty of entertainment in the form of street performances and festivals by the students of Hongik University. There are plenty of fashion stores that are owned by local designers – Koreans label the area as where local retailers go “when they can’t afford to rent in Myeongdong”, but stores that once were in Myeongdong have also moved to Hongdae and blended in with the fun atmosphere, making this a great place to experience. Opening hours: 11 am to midnight, Daily Address: Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul Nearest station: Hongik University Station, Exit 8 or 9 For Street Fashion 5) Namdaemun Market Picture Credit - www.english.visitkorea.or.kr If you really want to experience street shopping in Seoul, Namdaemun Market is where you need to be. With a whole array of items – not just fashionable clothing – you can find things you didn’t even know you were looking for, at great prices. Namdaemun Market is where you go to find unique items as gifts and souvenirs, and where you can bargain to your heart’s content. Get lost amongst the rows of stalls to have a true shopping adventure! Opening hours: 11 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday Address: 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea Nearest station: Hoehyeon Station, Exit 5 6) Goto Mall (Gangnam Terminal Underground Shopping Centre) Picture Credit - www.english.visitkorea.or.kr While many subway stations are connected to underground malls, Goto Mall is the biggest and has some cheap shopping in Seoul. 800 meters of clothing, cosmetics and accessories, it is most popular amongst locals like Namdaemun is popular amongst tourists. They have the same quality stuff for even cheaper prices, so you might want to check this out first before heading out anywhere else. Opening hours: 10am to 10pm Address: 128-4 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea Nearest station: Express Bus Terminal Station For Cosmetics 7) Myeongdong Picture Credit - www.korea.net //something else With 1 million shoppers passing through daily, Myeondong used to be a local hotspot but is now a tourist favourite too. It is the largest shopping area in Seoul with some of the biggest department stores and malls housed here. Myeongdong is the perfect place to shop for cosmetics as every single make-up, cosmetics and skincare brand in Korea has at least one store here. So you are not left without a choice, and it is easy to compare prices when shopping in Korea, and you can decide which products and prices suit you best before making a purchase. Check out a Myeongdong shopping map to plan your route if you don’t want to be overwhelmed. Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm, Daily Address: Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Nearest stations: Myeongdong Station, Exits 5, 6, 7, or 8 or Euljiro 1 (ij-ga) Station, Exits 5 or 6 8) Lotte Department Store Picture Credit - visitkorea.or.kr A tourist’s favourite (and extremely convenient if you are staying at Lotte Hotel), one of the offers travel-friendly services Lotte Department Store offers is tax returns. If you show your passport and boarding pass while making a purchase, they also allow you to pick up your items directly at Incheon airport by showing your receipt there, instead of you having to carry it around. So if you have purchased cosmetics that are over 100ml, they are still allowed on the flight as they come in sealed bags. Lotte is home to some big brands, as well as plenty of sales, so it’s worth stopping by. Opening Hours: 10:30 am to 8 pm, Daily Address: 30, Eulji-ro 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea Nearest station: Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station 9) Ewha Women’s University Shopping Street Picture Credit - fishavenue.files.wordpress.com Catering to the university students, you will find discounted cosmetic items here in popular local brands. In addition to that, there are fun, trendy items like accessories and jewellery, and of course, street food. If you’re looking for cheap things to buy in Korea, check out Ewha Women’s University Shopping Street. Opening hours: 11 am to 10 pm, Daily Address: 52, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul Nearest station: Ewha Woman’s University Subway Station, Exit 2 or 3 For Snacks 10) E-Mart Picture Credit - english.visitkorea.or.kr While there are multiple places you can Korean snacks from in Seoul (Home Plus by Tesco being one, and Lotte Mart another) E-Mart is said to be cheaper and less crowded than the others, which is why it is the only one on our list. You need to bring your own plastic bags as the store does not provide any, but check the ingredients with Google Translate or look for a Halal sign before purchasing anything to make for Halal travel in Seoul! Opening hours: 10 am to midnight, Daily Address: 55, Hangang-daero 23-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul Nearest station: Yongsan Station, Exit 4 Seoul makes it easy to plan your shopping schedule and make the most of your day. So if you travel to Korea, take empty suitcases and a full wallet and shop till you drop!www ...