70 Useful Korean Airport Vocabulary For Beginners

October 11, 2021

Touchdown! Welcome to the home of your favorite K-pop idols and K-drama series. But first, let's learn some Korean airport vocabulary 공항(gonghang).

South Korea is definitely one of the great places on a traveler's bucket list. Because why not? Who wouldn't want to visit such amazing places as Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul Tower, Jeju Island, Bukchon Hanok Village? Who wouldn't want to visit the places where your favorite K-drama was filmed? Who wouldn't want to be closer to their favorite K-pop idols and K-drama actors/actresses? And of course, who wouldn't want to experience the Korean culture that is now well-known in the entire world?

I am sure your inner Korean wants all of these. That's why in this blog, we will take a flight to South Korea and learn some Korean airport vocabulary which is essential when you go there. Even if you're not a native speaker, knowing some basics will really help you get by.

 

Basic Korean Airport Vocabulary

One of the first places you'll ever visit when you travel to Korea is the airport. This is also where you will most likely be before you leave, so it is really important to learn some basic Korean airport vocabulary. After all, it is still better to pack Korean words and phrases in your bag.

Here are some examples of Basic Korean airport vocabulary. Don't worry. English translations are provided to make it easier for you to learn. Make sure to practice the pronunciation to avoid misunderstanding.

공항 (Gonghang)

English Translation: airport

Example Sentence: 공항으로 가는 버스 맞아요? (Gonghangeuro ganeun beoseu majayo?) - Is this the right bus for the airport?

Basic Korean Airport Vocabulary

The first Korean airport vocabulary that we will learn is, of course, the airport 공항 (Gonghang). When we talk about airport, the gateway to South Korea is the Incheon International Aiport (인천국제공항 | incheongukjegonghang). Other airports in South Korea include Gimpo International Airport, Gimhae International Airport, and Jeju International Airport.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Incheon International Aiport is very strict. Arrivals from countries with high risk are subject to verification of negative test results. But before the pandemic, the daily average of people who use Incheon International Airport is at 203,528.

Although tourism is one of the biggest contributors to their economy, the Korean Government doesn't want to compromise the health of the locals. So, if you are planning to go there, expect a strict implementation of health protocols when you arrive at the airport.

비행기 (Bihaenggi)

English Translation: airplane/ plane

Example Sentence: 비행기는 열시에 공항에 착륙할 것입니다. (Bihaenggineun yeolsie gonghange changnyukhal geosimnida. ) - The plane will land at the airport at ten o'clock.

비행기 (Bihaenggi) | Airplane

The airplane (비행기 | Bihaenggi) is one of the biggest factors to enjoy your travel experience. Everyone wants a safe, clean, and convenient plane ride. In Korea, they have Korean Air which is the largest airline and flag carrier of South Korea. Korean Air offers a safe and convenient travel experience. Here are a few cabin tips to remember:

  1. The in-flight temperature is 23–25°C so, the recommended clothes to wear are long-sleeved tops and pants. For girls, you can also wear skirts made of thin fabric.
  2. Due to the low humidity inside the aircraft, it is advised to keep yourself hydrated. If you are wearing contact lenses, use your glasses in the meantime to prevent dryness and inflammation. If you're into skincare, it is advisable to use moisturizer to keep your skin moisturized.
  3. The in-flight atmospheric pressure is kept constant between 5,000 and 8,000 feet (1,524 and 2,438 meters). If you feel discomfort, try to yawn, gently blow your nose, or drink water. If you're with a child, it may help if you give them food or a bottle of milk.
  4. Because of the continuous innovations and improvements, Korean Air's panels and seats have reduced noise. You can also ask for earphones if you want to.
  5. Korean Air cannot fully ensure that the flight is allergy-free for passengers with allergies because of the passengers' hand-carry items. So it's better to check in with your doctor before you take a flight and bring allergy medicine in case of emergency.

비행 (Bihaeng)

English Translation: flight

Example Sentence: 비행시간이 얼마나 돼요? (Bihaeng shigan ee ulmana dweyo?)- How long is the flight?

비행 (Bihaeng) | Flight

Flight 비행 (Bihaeng) is another Korean airport vocabulary that you need to learn. Make sure to know all your flight details like flight schedule and flight number to avoid problems and inconvenience.

Now, talking about Korean Air, did you know that Korean Air won the prestigious Mercury Prize for its in-flight meal? If you're into shopping, you can also experience duty-free shopping while you're on a flight.

여권 (Yeogwon)

English Translation: passport

Example Sentence: Here is my passport 여기 제 여권입니다 - Yeogi je yeogwonipnida.

여권 (Yeogwon) | Passport

The passport (여권 | Yeogwon) is definitely one of the most important documents you need when you travel. In case you lose your passport, immediately seek the help of the authorities. This is where your basic Korean words and phrases may come in handy.

비자 (Bija)

English Translation: visa

Example Sentence: 비자를 보여주세요 Bijareul boyeojuseyo - Please show your visa.

비자 (Bija) | Visa

Another must-learn Korean airport vocabulary is visa (비자 | Bija). If you want to get a Korean visa, you should go to the Korean embassy in your country to check the requirements. The process may take you a while and will cost you a lot of money, but it will surely be worth it.

비행기표 (Bihaeng-gipyo)

English Translation: plane ticket, flight ticket

Example Sentence: 비행기표는 얼마입니까? bihaeng-gipyoneun eolmaibnikka? - How much is a plane ticket?

비행기표 (Bihaeng-gipyo) | Plane Ticket

Buying a plane ticket (비행기표 | Bihaeng-gipyo) nowadays can be done online. The ticket's cost is way cheaper when you buy it months prior to your desired flight schedule. Check the flight details on your ticket carefully to avoid problems. Put your ticket where you can easily locate it but make sure it won't be too easy for other people to get it.

짐 (Jim)

English Translation: luggage

Example Sentence: 이쪽에 당신의 짐을 놓아주세요. Ijjoge dangsine jimeul noajuseyo - Please put your luggage here.

짐 (Jim) | Lugagge

Securing your luggage 짐 (Jim) is important when you're in the airport. Airports have the required weight of luggage. You can check the website of the airport to check the minimum weight of luggage. Additional payment will be charged for those who exceed.

There are also products and objects that are prohibited upon check-in. Airports use metal detectors and X-ray Machines for the safety of all the passengers on board.

탑승권 (Tapseunggwon)

English Translation:- boarding pass

Example Sentence: -나는 탑승권을 바구니에 넣었어요 Naneun tapseunggwoneul bagunie neoeosseoyo - I put my boarding pass in the basket.

탑승권 (Tapseunggwon) | Boarding Pass

The boarding pass (탑승권 | Tapseunggwon) is another important Korean airport vocabulary because you won't be able to board.

도착 (Dochak) / 출발 (Chulbal)

English Translation:  arrival / departure

Example Sentence: 내 도착 시간은 무엇입니까? Nae dochak sigan-eun mueos-ibnikka? What is my arrival time?

도착 (Dochak) / 출발 (Chulbal) | Arrival / Departure

We can't talk about Korean airport vocabulary without learning arrival 도착 (Dochak) and departure (출발 | Chulbal). For K-pop fans, waiting for the arrival and departure of their idols is one of the happiest and most satisfying moments. Fun fact, there's this thing called "Airport outfit" for K-pop idols, actors, and actresses.

구명 조끼 (Gumyeong jokki)

English Translation: life vest

Example Sentence: 비상시 구명조끼를 착용하세요. Bisangsi gumyeongjokkileul chag-yonghaseyo. - Wear a life jacket in case of emergency.

구명 조끼 (Gumyeong jokki) | Life vest

Last, but definitely not the least, is the life vest. Let's admit it. One of the highlights of our flight experience is watching the flight attendants doing a demo on how to put on life vests in case of an emergency. But remember that this demo is not for entertainment purposes. You should carefully listen and understand the demo for your safety.

 

More Korean Words And Phrases Related To Airport

After learning the basic Korean airport vocabulary, let us now widen your horizons by learning these additional words, phrases, and sentences.

Words

HangulRomanizationEnglish Translation
수하물suhamulbaggage
-수하물 찾기suhamul chajgibaggage claim
수하물 카트suhamul kateubaggage cart
탑승 게이트tapseung geiteuboarding gate
컨베이어 벨트keonbeieo belteuconveyor belt
환전소hwanjeonsocurrency exchange
- 기내 반입 수하물ginae banip suhamulcarry on
탑승구tapsseunggudeparture gate
출발일chulbarildate of departure
출발 시간chulbal sigandeparture time
면세품myeonsepumduty-free goods
-면세 점myeonsejeomduty-free shop
지체된 비행jichedoen bihaengdelayed flight
엘리베이터ellibeiteoelevator
비상 출구bisang chulguemergency exit
승무원seungmuwonflight attendant
비행 일정표bihaeng iljjeongpyoflight timetable
격납고gyeongnapggohangar
헤드폰(이어폰)hedeupon(ieopon)headphones(earphones)
출입국 신고서churipguk singoseoimmigration form
출입국 관리소churipguk gwanrisoimmigration
분실 수하물bunsil suhamullost baggage
분실물 보관소bunsilmul bogwansolost and found
무빙 워크mubing wokeumoving walkway
기장gijangpilot, captain
여권 번호yeogwon beonhopassport number
개인 신분증gaein sinbunjeungpersonal ID card
금속 탐지기geumsok tamjigimetal detector
예약하다yeyakhadareserve
슬리퍼seullipeoslippers
안전 벨트anjeon belteuseatbelt
난기류nangiryuturbulence
공항 터미널gonghang teomineolterminal
엑스레이 기계ekseurei gigyeX-ray machine
편도pyeondoone-way
왕복wangbokround-trip 
창가 좌석chang-ga joasukwindow seat
통로 좌석tonglo joasukaisle seat

Phrases

HangulRomanizationEnglish Translation
여권을 갱신하다yeogwoneul gaengsinhadato renew your passport
놓다notato put
벗다beotdato take off
가득 채우다gadeuk chaeudato fill
가져오다gajyeoodato get
데리러 가다derireo gadato pick up
비행기에 탑승하다bihaenggie tapsseunghadaboard a plane
틀린 탑승구teullin tapsseungguwrong boarding gate
격납고에 있는 비행기gyeongnapggoe inneun bihaenggiairplane in the hangar

Sentences/Expression

HangulRomanizationEnglish Translation
어디로 가십니까eodiro gasipnikkaWhere are you going?
휴가차 왔습니다hyugacha wassseupnidaI am here on vacation
사업차 왔습니다saeopcha wassseupnidaI am here on business
안전 벨트를 매 주십시오anjeon belteureul mae jusipsioFasten your seatbelt
몇 시에 도착할 예정인가요?myeot sie dochakhal yejeongingayoWhat time are we going to land?
담요 좀 주시겠어요?damyo jom jusigesseoyoMay I have a blanket?
여권을 잃어버렸어요.Yeogwoneul ireobeoryeosseoyo.I lost my passport.
창가 좌석으로 주세요.Chang-ga joasuk euro jooseyo.I would like to have a window seat, please.
통로 좌석으로 주세요.Tonglo joasuk euro jooseyo.I would like to have an aisle seat, please
출장을 갑니다chuljangeul gapnidaI am going on a business trip
비행기가 왜 지연된 건가요?bihaenggiga wae jiyeondoen geongayoWhy has the plane been delayed?
어디에서 수하물을 찾을 수 있나요?eodieseo suhamureul chajeul su issnayoWhere can I claim my luggage?
몇 개의 가방을 가지고 계십니까?myeot gaeui gabangeul gajigo gyesipnikkaHow many bags do you have?

 

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