But last month, as I was waiting for my turn at the Lotte Duty-Free pick up station before my flight to Manila, I noticed the sign KOREA TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCE CENTER, and decided to drop by.
Luckily, it was a few minutes before 9PM and it was still open. The two staff from the Korea Tourism Organization, Jurim and Hyunhwa, told me that there are actually three centers like this at the Incheon International Airport. At the main passenger terminal, there's one at the East Center Passenger Terminal (near Gate 25) and another one at the West Center Passenger Terminal (near Gate 29).
I was at the Korean Cultural Center on the 3rd floor of the Concourse, near Gate 122.
Although the performances are scheduled at specific times of the day, the costumes can be enjoyed any time. The handicraft-making though is only available when the instructors are around during the day.
Early this year, my friend Maria had a few hours of layover at the Incheon International Airport and she was able to see the capital. But if you don't have enough time to go to Seoul during your layover, this cultural center is the best way to know of the country and the culture, even if it's just for a few minutes.