At first I contemplated taking a taxi, but it would've been way overpriced (about 50-70,000w at the bare minimum), thought about taking a bus (it was leaving in 15 minutes), but in the end I decided to wait at the airport until 5:30am to catch the first train aboard the newly constructed AREX Incheon to Gimpo Airport subway line. I first saw pictures of the station through Jon Allen's blog.
Man, the arrivals area of Incheon is pretty dead at 4:45am...I felt like I was walking through a ghost town. On my way down to the AREX line, it was so empty and bare it led to an eery feeling (which is unusual because Seoul is so densely populated):
Here are the toll gates to access the line below...not a soul in sight! I had to do the Asian squat and wait patiently till 5:30am...
All the subway stations in South Korea have maps showing you where you are. The subway lines are very deep. This picture below is nothing compared to others, such as the purple line, line 5:
Check out this video of me boarding the first train (with that dude in front of me and a couple others)...I'm all alone!
Now when I told you it was EMPTY...this picture speaks for itself! I had the best seat on the train--every seat! Compare this to jam-packed subways in the morning and it was really an incredible sight:
These new subway cars had some improvements...such included some LCD screens displaying commercials and some other misc. broadcasts:
Also the subway line maps now had LEDs showing you the progress of your trip:
Now here is the train in action...
By the time I reached Gimpo Airport, then to my final destination in Mokdong, it was about 7am. I was dead tired and I just jumped right into bed. After waking up at 1pm, it was time to get ready and get back to work!