Feng shui is about how our surrounding environment affects us, and airports do not have the best environment to hang around. Most of us can’t stand it there for hours, let alone a long layover.
In this post, I’ve listed 10 airports that you won’t mind (as much) when you’re stuck inside the airport for a long layover. These are the airports that did some extra work on their interior feng shui so you feel like you’re NOT in the airport.
I am not rating these airports by architectural design, the beauty of the surrounding land, or the entertainment activities offered by the airport.
Rather, these are airports that take feng shui seriously by connecting the travelers with surroundings not associated with the typical airport – so you can feel anything other than frustration, agitation, and all those feelings when you experience during long waits at the typical airport.
10. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, USA
Being the city where the most gambling happens, Las Vegas’s airport has more than 1,300 slot machines in Terminals 1 and 2.
Instead of just hearing boring announcements about flight and gate numbers, you are surrounded with the ding, ding, ding of slot machines that we associate with gambling and winning money. Ok, maybe it’s not awesome. But at least it gives you the feeling that you’re still in Las Vegas, whatever that might mean to you.
9. Athens International Airport, Greece
Greece is a country rich in ancient history. The airport created mini-museum that permanently exhibits around 172 archaeological artifacts of the country.
Some of these artifacts are hundreds or centuries years old, dating back from the Neolithic and Early Helladic to the Post-Byzantine period. They take your mind away from the airport and bring you back in time to the rich cultural heritage of the country.
8. Amsterdam Schipol Airport, Netherlands
Amster is also another country rich in culture, and Amsterdam’s airport sure used it for the traveler’s benefit. Amsterdam’s airport hosts a branch of the Rijksmuseum, a national museum dedicated to the arts and history of Amsterdam.
Usually eight to ten masterpiece of painting are presented and are rotated regularly. In addition to paintings, you can also experience music, literature, and other types of artwork. This airport would be great for those who loves visiting museums.
7. Austin Bergstrom International Airport, USA
Austin is the Live Music Capital of the world. That is why Austin’s airport has “Music in the Air”, where it hosts live music concerts and shows accessible to ticketed travelers only.
The onstage concerts and shows are featured almost every day, featuring everything from jazz to swing. Music brings auspicious energy that has the ability to affect our mood, depending on the type of music. The inclusion of music, especially lively ones such as jazz and swing, brings much more liveliness in a stale and boring airport.
6. Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea
Seoul Incheon Airport has a cultural center where live music and dance performance can be found.
Not only will you find live performance similar to Austin, the performers are also dressed up in traditional costumes. The atmosphere and environment provided by the addition of live performers give you an experience normally found in theme parks.
5. Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Japan
Tokyo Haneda Airport has an “Edo Marketplace” that’s built using traditional architectural design.
The place is filled with lanterns, wooden structures, and store signs printed on wooden boards, giving you a feel of Japan’s traditional culturalal settings. Not only is the marketplace a perfect escape from the typical airport setting, it’s vibrant energy from the people and its settings gives you the experience of an old busy street in Japan.
4. Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates
Dubai International Airport features fern Zen gardens that connects its travelers to nature.
The Dubai Airport displasy live plants, sand, and rocks that you can’t normally find in an airport. What’s amazing is that it also has water features that gives off the sound of moving water, which is known to soothe us due to our natural attraction to water.
3. Vancouver International Airport, Canada
Vancouver Airport features more than 5,000 marine creatures in a 20,000-gallon tank aquarium. In addition, it also has an area with water features and live plants.
I love marine creatures, and I could just stare at them and observe their behaviors for hours. After being fascinated by life under the sea, travelers can dine and shop while being connected to nature. This makes the airport a wonderful and relaxing place to stay.
2. Munich International Airport, Germany
Munich Airport has a huge, spacious, and open area with some garden features. But what’s more amazing about this airport are the events within the airport. It includes the Surf & Style that runs from July to August, featuring the biggest artificial waves, and its Christmas market, where you can ice-skate – all inside the airport.
The huge space gives you a feeling of being outdoors. The air that you breathe are natural instead of artificial. You can see the clouds and the sun during the day and the stars and the moon during the night. Their seasonal events, such as surfing in the summer and ice-skating in the winter, amplifies the vividness of the season. Put simply, this amazing airport completely takes away the feeling of being crammed and confined in a typical airport.
1. Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore
Although Singapore Changi Airport has no winter or summer events, it is by far the most “natural” airport that I know of.
Unlike other airports, most of this airport is filled with massive garden features. You could hardly disconnect with nature as you traverse through this airport. This is what makes this airport relaxing. It makes you feel like you’re immersed in a garden instead of an airport as we know it.
If you haven’t noticed, my favorite airports are the ones filled with nature. They are also ranked higher in terms of feng shui for a reason.
A few minutes of contact with nature can significantly reduce stress and take away anger, frustration, and many negative feelings. Further, nature can also brighten our mood and give us pleasant feelings, which can definitely help when you’re stuck at an airport.
This is supported by many scientific studies, which I will talk more about in a later post in conjunction with indoor plants and their feng shui. Remember to subscribe to this blog so you get notified!
Over to you: Which of these airports do you like best?