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Old October 25th, 2010, 02:05 AM   #321
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Old October 27th, 2010, 04:43 AM   #322
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Korea JoongAng Daily 2010/10/26
It’s ‘World Best’, just not for English
[Combating Konglish: First in a 2-day Series] Airport’s Konglish doesn’t faze international travelers

Since the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Korea has waged various campaigns to internationalize its signs and menus to be more modern, less insular and provide a more comfortable experience for foreign tourists and residents in Korea.

To see how that ambition is faring, the Korea JoongAng Daily conducted a detailed investigation of signage at major tourist venues, which showed that progress has been great - but still has a ways to go.

Comical Konglish and inconsistent romanization make traversing Korea a challenge. Some tourists go home singing the praises of Ch’angd?kkung, while others do the same for Changdeok Palace (they are the same place).

Some drool over tteokbokki and others enjoy deokboggi (they are the same dish). Getting around can be tough for those who don’t know that Seoraksan and Mount Seorak are the same place.

Our investigation took us to Incheon International Airport, the ancient Changdeok Palace, the National Museum of Korea and Korean restaurants around Insa-dong, a traditional district in central Seoul.

The two-day series will take a look at misleading expressions, grammatical errors and inconsistent romanization at these venues, and also explore the efforts being undertaken to improve Korea’s public use of the English language.



A sign on a moving walkway at Incheon International Airport warns visitors
not to get their umbrellas or canes jammed in the walkway. The airport, which
promotes itself as the face of Korea, uses many Konglish expressions.
[By Jeong Chi-ho]


Both trivial and embarrassing, Incheon International Airport has for years emblazoned Konglish on everything from promotional materials to public telephones.

But for an airport ranked as the best in the world year after year - one that bills itself as the face of Korea and is filled with the latest high-tech gadgetry - the sometimes laughable English throughout its corridors comes as a surprise.

“A World Best Air Hub” is written across every luggage-cart handle in the airport. A promotional phrase below the touch-screen terminals flash “All crews of Incheon International Airport will do our best to take off for world’s best Mega hub airport.”

The ongoing language issue makes some people question the airport’s ability to live up to its pledge to be the face of Korea.

After all, it is Korea’s gateway for more than 70 percent of foreign tourists: 9.8 million foreigners visited Korea through the airport last year. To others, the poorly conceived English is trivial and does nothing to take away from the impressions that the speedy customs process, friendly employees and high-quality amenities leave on foreign tourists.

Nevertheless, Incheon International Airport’s global appeal looked doubtful to this reporter when it came to English usage. Scores of English mistakes were noticed during a visit on Oct. 7.

To help the Korean reporter, Marie Campbell, an English instructor at Soongsil University in Seoul, accompanied the Korea JoongAng Daily.

The 31-year-old New Zealander said that the phrase “take off for world’s best Mega hub airport” was trying to be cute by using the term “take off” figuratively, but that it didn’t quite make sense.

“If we were to rewrite that sentence, we could write ‘All of the crews here at Incheon International Airport will do our best to make it the world’s best international gateway,’ or ‘the world’s best mega hub airport,’” she said.

Among the first English mistakes noticed was one on the moving walkway on the B1 level of the passenger terminal. Under an illustration was the phrase “forbidden dumping cigarettes,” an expression that is likely meant to say “Cigarette disposal prohibited.” Another, “Forbidden heavy and bulky carriage,” is probably meant to say “Bulky luggage prohibited.” At a phone bank, a banner on the telephones inform that they accept “credit cards agreed with Korea Telecom”. Campbell suggested that “credit cards accepted by Korea Telecom” would be a better expression.

The airport attributed the mistakes to the lack of oversight. Correcting the mistakes, the airport said, would also be costly.



The slogan “A World Best Air Hub” has been used since at least 2006, and a public relations official at the airport said they have received complaints about its grammatical inconsistency. The official, who requested anonymity, admitted that the slogan may be wrong, but said it would be too much work to correct it.

“Once a slogan is determined, it goes as is for three or four years, until a new one is conceived,” the official said. “A change requires us to scrap all of our corporate identity ads, panels and posters and replace them with new ones. That’s annoying.”

The airport official said there is no particular department responsible for overseeing English signage. Teams responsible for the management, maintenance and refurbishment of certain areas of the airport are also in charge of signage in their assigned areas.

A lack of English information at the airport was also noticed. On the moving walkway, a Korean sign warned women that high-heeled shoes with a 1-centimeter or narrower heel could get stuck on the conveyor. But the English sign only said “Caution.”

While one solution would be to employ native English speakers as advisers, the airport official said that when they come up with English expressions, they instead seek advice from Korean employees.

“English has become so common these days, and we have many good English-speaking employees who can help with English expressions for the airport,” he said.

The official, however, said the airport will try to reflect the points raised by the Korea JoongAng Daily. A subcontractor commissioned by Incheon International Airport is working on revising the airport’s corporate identity, including its English usage, and the revision will be completed by early next year.

Despite the abundance of Konglish, most travelers seem unfazed, and the airport continues to receive high overall praise.

The Airport Service Quality Survey has named Incheon the best airport for five consecutive years out of 1,700 international airports — bolstering Incheon’s claim as a leading global airport.

Robert Erbetta, a traveler from the United States, said that English is not a problem for the airport. “I noticed the international airport is pretty Englishfriendly,” Erbetta said. “Probably one of the best in Asia, I would think. It is pretty self-explanatory.”

Campbell said she was impressed with the overall level of English at the airport, despite the occasional Konglish.

“We only found a few small mistakes — some kind of awkward phrases and some spelling mistakes. But apart from them, I think the airport has done a great job,” she said.

Campbell said English does not need to be perfect, as long as people can communicate. “I think the meaning is obvious from awkward expressions we found. They are not correct, but cute,” she said.

There is room to improve, according to Campbell, if the airport wants to look more professional to travelers.

“The airport should make the effort to find and utilize native English speakers or Koreans who speak English fluently in order to help them create signs and notices that make sense to English speakers and would not be out of place, at say, Heathrow Airport,” she said.

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Old December 11th, 2010, 06:17 PM   #323
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Etihad Spreads Its Wings To South Korea

DUBAI, Dec 11 (Bernama) -- Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has begun a daily service from Abu Dhabi to Seoul's Incheon Airport in South Korea.

Seoul is Etihad's 65th destination in seven years of operation.

The inaugural flight departed Abu Dhabi at 10:45pm Friday, arriving at Incheon at 12:05pm Saturday (local times).

Etihad deploys the A330-200 aircraft for the route, offering 2,800 seats each week in a three-class configuration, according to a statement from the airline.

The new service will operate under an Etihad (EY) and Asiana (OZ) flight code, following the codeshare agreement signed between the two airlines in October.

"We're confident this new route will be a success for both our passenger and cargo operations, and we look forward to facilitating business and leisure traffic between the two countries," said Etihad Chief Executive James Hogan.

South Korea is emerging as a key trading partner for the UAE, with Korean companies maintaining a strong presence in this Gulf nation, particularly in the energy sector, construction and technology.

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Old January 9th, 2011, 05:36 PM   #324
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Old January 11th, 2011, 04:57 AM   #325
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Not too many Jumbo jets serving Seoul. Only foreign ones I saw were that of Emirates and United. Does a lot of Koreans go to UAE?
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Old January 11th, 2011, 05:02 AM   #326
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Koreans go to the UAE and everywhere else to the Middle East and East Africa.

With the number of Korean companies establishing new markets with stiff competition from China, Koreans can be found in huge numbers in countries like Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique.

As for the UAE, it is THE hop off point for Koreans to get into Central Asia and North West Asia (Uzbekistan / Tajikistan / etc)

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Old January 24th, 2011, 03:12 AM   #327
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Old February 28th, 2011, 03:56 AM   #328
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Old March 27th, 2011, 07:21 PM   #329
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Old March 31st, 2011, 01:44 AM   #330
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Asiana Inaugurate Flights to Istanbul

Asiana Airlines (President: Young-Doo Yoon) will be inaugurating 3 weekly flights to the mystical and ancient city of Istanbul starting from the 29th of March.

Asiana Airlines held an inauguration ceremony celebrating the first maiden flight from Incheon to Istanbul on the 29th of March at 8:50 a.m. at the departure gates located on the 3rd floor at Incheon International Airport. Asiana Airlines President & CEO Young-Doo, Yoon, Chae-Wook, Lee President of Incheon International Airport, Seoul Regional Aviation Administration President Seung-Ho, Lee and other distinguished guests and airline officials were present.

Asiana will be deploying a B777-200 carrier every Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9:45a.m. (Korea Time) departing from Incheon and arriving at Istanbul at 2:55 p.m. (local Time). Flights departing from Istanbul will be at 3:55 p.m. (local Time) and arriving at Incheon 7:35 a.m. (Korea Time) the next day. Also flights will be departing Incheon on Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. (Korea Time) and arriving at Istanbul on 3:55 p.m. (local Time). Flights departing from Istanbul will be at 5:55 p.m. (local Time) and arriving at Incheon at 9:35 a.m. (Korea Time) the following day.
By inaugurating flights to Istanbul, Asiana will aid the exchange of culture and business between the two great nations of Korea and Turkey. Also with our previous European routes such as London, Paris, Frankfurt and acquiring another foothold in the European market, Asiana hopes to strengthen it’s competitiveness in the European market by composing a variety of products.

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Old April 12th, 2011, 04:14 PM   #331
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Racing Towards a Magnetic Future
Incheon-Yeongjong area selected as showcase area for Korea s first Maglev service



Magnetic levitation trains are the ultimate in railway transport, and Incheon will be the first city in Korea to operate this futuristic mode of transportation.

Incheon beat out three other Korean cities (Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon) in the competition to become the showcase city for the Urban Magnetic Levitation Train Project, overseen by the Ministry of Construction and Transportation and conducted by Korea Institute for Construction&Technology Evaluation and Planning, with Yeongjong Island and areas around Incheon International Airport slated as the site of the nation s first operational magnetic levitation railway line.

After the Japanese city of Nagoya, Incheon will be second city in the world to build a low speed maglev line, which follows a course running 6.1 kilometers from Incheon Airport Transportation Center, through the International Business Area, and ending at Yongyu on Yeongjong Island. Plans for the maglev line will be drawn up by next year, which puts the date of the completion of the line at 2011, with test runs to begin in 2012. The second stage construction will extend the line by another 9.7 kilometers through the Incheon Asian Game yachting course to Ulwangri beach by 2014, eventually culminating in the full 37.4-kilometer railway that encircles the entire Yeongjong Island.

There were two major considerations behind selection of Incheon, and especially the Yeongjong area. Incheon International Airport status as the gateway to Korea as well as its high-tech image was deemed ideal for showing off progress Korea will make in the creation of a maglev train system, resulting in increased competitiveness and stature not just for Incheon International Airport, but the Republic of Korea itself. There was also the fact the Incheon International Airport possesses accumulated experience in construction and operation of advanced railway systems in the form of its automated, intra-airport transit system, IIAC Starline? therefore increasing the likelihood of efficient operation.

Magnetic levitation trains literally floats on a cushion of electromagnetic field without the train actually touching the railway, reducing noise associated with rail travel as well as unhealthy dust, and its ability to turn corners and curved lines deftly provides great advantage for urban rail transport.

This next-generation transportation built in and around Incheon International Airport is expected to generate additional for travelers and transfer passengers, not to mention economic value, and last but not least, increasing Incheon International Airport's competitive edge in its bid to become the logistical hub of Northeast Asia.

Does anyone have any updates on the Incheon Maglev? Have they actually started construction? There have been a few news articles over the months of construction beginning, but no photos or any real proof.

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Old June 6th, 2011, 01:39 AM   #332
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1st. A380 Delivery Flight Arrival to Incheon for Korean Air



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Actually why is the part under the tail not painted ?
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Old June 7th, 2011, 01:44 AM   #334
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Actually why is the part under the tail not painted ?
I was think about that myself. It would have looked cleaner if they painted that part.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 01:49 AM   #335
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More Picture of Korean Air A380, this time in RKSS Seoul Gimpo

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Old June 12th, 2011, 06:19 PM   #336
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Old June 20th, 2011, 07:32 AM   #338
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