After spending 5 nights in Seoul, my flight back to Taipei was in Business Class on Asiana Airlines’ A350 from Seoul Incheon (ICN) to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE). We made it past security about an hour and a half before my boarding time, so we headed to the Asiana Business Lounge (East) which was right after clearing passport control, and on the way to our gate.

a sign on the ceiling of a building to the Asiana Business Lounge East

Asiana Business Lounge (East) Entrance

Access and Location

The Asiana Business Lounge East at Seoul (ICN) is located in Terminal 1 next to Gate 11 and is quite easy to find. Right after clearing passport control. you’ll see the signs to the lounge and I took the escalators up to the lounge. There are two other Asiana Business Lounges in Terminal 1, called West and Central. West is near gate 43, and Central is near gate 26.

a sign in a building

Entrance to Lounge

Asiana Business Lounge East

Reception of Lounge

a door to a room

Directions to Business Suite Lounge vs Business Lounge

There is the Business Lounge, and also the Business Suite Lounge in the “East” section. The Business Suite Lounge is for First Class passengers on Star Alliance flights and those who are Lifetime Asiana Club Platinum, Diamond Plus, or Business Class Asiana Club Diamond Plus Members.

For the Business Lounge, access is granted to those who are:

  • Business Class passengers
  • Economy Class Asiana Club Diamond Plus members (with a 24-month membership) plus one guest
  • Asiana Club Diamond members plus one guest
  • Star Alliance Gold members plus one guest
  • Economy Smartium passengers taking an Asiana Airlines A350 long-distance flight (to the U.S., Europe, or Australia)
  • Priority Pass members when flying with Asiana Airlines and Star Alliance-operated flights.

The Lounge

They have automatic gates at the entrance to the lounge, and you scan your boarding pass then the gates open for you to enter. We arrived at the lounge around 8 AM.

a room with a large window at the Asiana Business Lounge

Hightops at the Entrance

There were hightops at the entrance with space and that is where we decided to sit, as the rest of the lounge was full. After passing the hightops, are the restrooms and shower rooms. I tried using the restroom, but there was a line for the men’s room as all the urinals were closed off which was annoying.

a hallway with several doors

Shower Rooms

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Hallway with Restrooms to the right

Continuing down the lounge, you’ll arrive at a large seating area and a bar. I liked the natural light of the space, and if it was less crowded it might have been more enjoyable. At the bar, there are alcoholic options, plus a coffee maker.

a man behind a counter with drinks and beverages

Bar Area

a group of people sitting in a room with large windows at the Asiana Business Lounge

Lounge Seating and Bar Area

Heading to the back of the lounge, you’ll pass an array of seating, with private booth-like seats to the left and then more open areas of sofa-style seats.

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Private Seats

people sitting in a room with a large window at the Asiana Business Lounge

More Seating

Towards the back is the buffet area with dining-style seats. It was quite full over here. I find it kind of a design flaw to have the buffet area all the way in the back, as if you wanted to get any food when it was crowded, your seat could be on the other side of the lounge.

a group of people sitting at tables in a room with windows

Dining Area Seating

Food Selection

The food selection was more on the basic side like a domestic lounge. I would have expected a bit more for a business class lounge, especially because I visited the nearby Matina Lounge after this with Priority Pass and it had much more food options.

There were 4 hot dishes, which included dumplings, fried rice, sausage, and scrambled eggs.

a group of people standing in front of a buffet line of food at the Asiana Business Lounge

Hot Dishes

There were also some cereals, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and instant ramen.

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Cereal and Pastries

a group of people standing in a line at a buffet

Cold Sandwiches and Salad

a group of people standing in front of a counter with food and drinks

Instant Ramen

Since it was so crowded at the lounge we decided to do some shopping in the main terminal, which is pretty nice. We also stopped by the Matina Lounge which had a better food selection.

The Verdict

Overall, I was disappointed with my visit to the Asiana Business Lounge East in Seoul (ICN). While the space itself looked modern and sleek, the facility was too crowded during my morning visit, and the food selection was mediocre at best. The fact that there was a line for the men’s bathroom was annoying as well. It might be a more enjoyable lounge when it’s not too crowded.


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