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Amazing S. Korea With AC & KE (460+ Pics) 1 Of 2  
User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 10
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Amazing S. Korea with AC & KE (460+ pics) 1 of 2

Hi everyone,

It has been a while since I’ve written a trip report here, so it’s time that I present you with the latest trip report. Last night I have just returned from a 10 day (business / pleasure) trip to South Korea, and after going over the 2500 photos that I’ve taken, I decided to share some of them with you. For those of you that have seen my previous reports, you’ll find that I will follow the same style. I love aviation, but a trip report without including photos from the destination tends to get a little boring. For those of you who don’t care too much to see them, just skip to where I have included the aviation related photos.


The trip started May 14th 2009 and ended May 24th 2009. During these 10 days, I have been to Seoul, Busan, the DMZ and a few other places in South Korea. Physically, I was also in North Korea, but not “politically”. I’ll explain later what I mean by that. The flight from Vancouver, Canada to Seoul was with Air Canada, followed by three other separate domestic flights with Korean Air. I even managed to ride the KTX, which is the Korean high speed train.




Vancouver – Seoul – Busan (with Air Canada and Korean Air)

Departure: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (YVR) on May 14th 2009 @ 12:20pm
Arrival: Seoul-Incheon, Republic of Korea (ICN) on May 15th 2009 @ 3:40pm
Airline: Air Canada
Flight #: AC63
Aircraft: Boeing 767-375/ER (reg. C-GLCA)
Seat: 17A



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On Thursday May 14th 2009, I woke up a little later than normal, probably due to the fact that I was rather excited about the upcoming trip. My bags were mostly packed from the night before, but I still had to put a few things that I have left out. A few hours later, I was on my way to YVR. Normally, I would drive there myself, park the car and then off I go, but this time, I didn’t really feel like paying 150 dollars for parking, so I opted to have my mom drop me off. I arrived there around 10:30am, with plenty of time to spare before the scheduled departure at 12:20pm local.

After saying goodbye to my mother, I headed toward the check-in counter. I had one checked luggage, one carry-on and my camera bag with an Olympus and my Nikon D50. Checking in was really easy and shortly after I was through security and inside the international terminal. I have to say this is the nicest one at YVR, but still, nowhere close to where it should be, considering other world class cities. I think Vancouver really needs to improve its airport before the 2010 Olympics. Since I haven’t eaten anything that day, I went to a pub and had a nice breakfast and a pint of beer. I don’t usually have beer for breakfast, but this time, it went down pretty well.


Inside YVR’s terminal
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After breakfast, I headed toward my gate and boarding followed shortly after. I was in seat 17A, which is a window seat, on the left side of the aircraft. I was really happy to see that the Boeing 767 had the upgraded interior, with the new seats and the personal entertainment unit. On such a long flight it really comes in handy. My seatmate was a Korean guy, from Calgary who was returning home after working in Canada for about a year. Shortly after everyone was onboard, we pushed back and taxied to runway 26L and departed out toward Vancouver Island. Over the next 11+ hours, we’d fly along the coast of British Columbia, Alaska, over Eastern Russia, between Japan and North Korea and eventually East into Seoul, of course, avoiding the North Korean airspace.

Some other planes parked at various gates
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The aircraft that would take me to Seoul
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Just before pushback
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Taxiing to runway 26L
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Company 767 taxiing by…
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Cargojet planes on the cargo ramp at YVR
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Taxi to position:


Take-off
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Shortly after take-off a drink service / snack came. Since I already had beer that morning, I might as well continue drinking it. I asked for a Heineken. One of the nice things about the new cabin interior is that it has the new “mood lighting”. Basically the lights change colors to give you different “environments”; very relaxing and easy on the eyes if I may say. The first meal service followed shortly after. I had some chicken and mashed potatoes and some veggies. After the meal, I turned my attention to the personal entertainment unit, which I must say, it’s the best I’ve seen so far, in economy class. It has lots of movies, tv shows, music, interactive map, etc. I watched a couple of movies and shows. First I watched “YES Man” with Jim Carrey, followed by “Taken” . I also watched a Discovery Channel show and listened to some music.

Heineken and some munchies.


The lighting in the aircraft
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The first meal
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Interactive Map:
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Movie choices
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I also bought some Duty Free, which ended up as a present to my buddy and his girlfriend


On such a long flight, one must also get up and move around so your legs don’t go numb. Don’t ask why I took some photos of the bathroom, but I always find airplanes bathrooms to be a hit and miss. This one was fairly clean. No complaints
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Picture of the cabin
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Looking out the small window on the aircraft door
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Me, hanging out in the back
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Some more pictures en-route
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Some hours later, the second meal service came. This time, it was some beef and again, I had another beer. I really like airplane food, especially the one Air Canada has.
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You can see how we continued over the sea, between Japan and the Korean peninsula, staying clear of the North Korean Airspace
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Not long after we passed over the coast of South Korea, we started our descend into Seoul-Incheon. We flew toward the East, going around the island, and coming back west for the landing. As you can see from the pics, it was really hazy outside.
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Seoul-Incheon Airport
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After landing we taxied to one of the gates and I stayed behind to take a photo of the flight deck and thank the pilots / crew for the safe and enjoyable flight.

The flight-deck of the Boeing 767
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Once inside the terminal, we were greeted by medical personnel who took our temperature to see if any of us had the “Swine Flu”. After that, we went through customs and I proceeded to collect my luggage. By the time I arrived there, I was the last one to pick up the bag. I walked outside the arrival area and took my first breath of fresh “South Korean air”. I snapped some shots then headed back in the terminal to check in for my flight to Busan, with Korean Air. The reason I had to re-check, is that I booked the two tickets separately. This time I had business class seats, on a KA Boeing 737, that would depart at 8:40pm. I also had some food to eat at a restaurant and waited to get to my destination to meet my friends.

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This flight would be my first on Korean Air. It was short and nice. I sat on the first row / window seat, on the right side of the aircraft. Most of the flight I had a chat with an American engineering flying to Busan on a business trip. I didn’t take any pictures because it was dark and they don’t really come out nice.

An impressive Boeing 747-400
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The Korean Air Boeing 737 that would take me to Busan
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Once I arrived in Busan, my friend Tom picked me up at the airport and we took the “Airport Limousine” bus to Paradise Hotel, then a quick taxi ride to his apartment building. Tom and his girlfriend have been there for over two years. He’s a journalist and she is a teacher at a local foreign school. From Friday May 15th to Tuesday May 19th I would be in Busan, where I spent time with my friends, visited the city and just hung around, relaxing. Here are some photos from Busan. I hope you enjoy them.



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Tom and I. I’m 1.75m (about 5’9”) and I still seem short compared to my buddy.
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Notice the “poop”? WTF?
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My friend Katerina (Tom’s girlfriend)
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Haeundae Beach, Busan
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Okay, what is this? All I know is that you eat it.
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Tom and Sean (the Korean friend)
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Me after a couple… of beers
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On top of one of the mountains, in Busan. Incredible views
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Busan Gimhae – Seoul Incheon

Departure: Busan-Gimhae, on May 19th 2009 @ 8:40am
Arrival: Seoul-Gimpo, May 19th 2009 @ 9:35am
Airline: Korean Air
Flight #: KE1104
Aircraft: Airbus A300B4-622R (Reg. HL7245)
Seat: 10A



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On Tuesday and Wednesday I had some business to attend in Seoul, so I flew there on Korean Air. Originally I bought economy class tickets, but for only 25,000 Won (about 23 dollars), I was able to upgrade to business. I said, why not? I have never been on an A300 before, so I might as well. I woke up that morning and took at taxi to Paradise Hotel, then boarded the “Airport Limousine” bus, for the ride to Busan-Gimhae Airport. The ride was nice and I was able to take some photos of the city. Once at the airport, I checked in for my flight, paid for the upgrade and went to the Korean Air Lounge, which I must say, is not that impressive. I guess they don’t put a lot of effort into them, especially for domestic flights. Then again, for 25 dollars “extra” who cares, right? I had a few beverages, a snack, then proceeded to our boarding gate. Since Gimhae Airport, is also a military base, photography is not allowed inside the terminal. Once in the airplane, I was able to take a few shots, but I tried to keep it “away” from military areas. While I waited for the flight, I chatted with a British Captain that was on contract with Korean Air, flying the Boeing 737NG. He was also new to Korea, so I just talked to him about life there and what it’s like to work for them. He seemed happy so far, but missed his family back home in UK.

In front of Paradise Hotel:

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Inside the bus. I was a little tired from not having enough sleep the night before
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Busan


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Approaching the airport:

Is this the control tower?
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The airport bus:
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Busan Airport


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Korean Air Lounge
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After boarding the A300, we had a Jeju Air Boeing 737 beside us
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Terminal Building at Gimhae
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Take-off from Busan
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Beautiful scenery as we climb out of Gimhae
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I didn’t have anyone beside me, so I just sat back, took photos and relaxed for the short ride to Seoul Gimpo
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Not much of a “meal”, but then again, the flight was about an hour long
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Descending into Seoul-Gimpo
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A Korean Air Boeing 747-400
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After we pulled up at the gate
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The nose of the A300
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After getting out of the aircraft, I took a few photos of this great aircraft and of course, a few other birds that were around
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A company 737 pulling up to a gate


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Police Helicopter. Is this a Mil? I didn’t know the South Korean Police uses Russian helicopters

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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 15716 times:

After disembarking the aircraft, I head directly toward the subway station, since I had no checked baggage. The subway system in Seoul is by far the best one I’ve seen. It’s fast, convenient and to the point. Every marking and announcement is not only in Korean, but also in English. I headed directly downtown (City Hall Station), where I had some business to attend till around 5:00pm. After that, I headed toward my hotel, which was a few stations away. I really liked this one. It was one of the better hotels I’ve stayed at. From what I understand it’s fairly new and everything was high-tech, including from a master controlled lighting / television station, to a high tech toilet that washed your bum (sorry I didn’t try it), to some cool emergency tools, should there be a fire, such as mask and even a rappel device should you need to exit the building via window. Hey, it beats burning or jumping to your death.

The hotel
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High-tech toilet (can’t say I’ve seen one of these before…)
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View from my hotel room on the 8th floor.
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In the evening I’ve meet up with my parents’ friends from Canada, who have been living in Seoul for the past 3 years. They showed me around town, including the “little river” that many people go to in Seoul. I don’t remember the name, but maybe some of you can tell me.

The international school which their son attends. Very nice school
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Some more pictures of the city
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In the center, you can see “The Blue House”, which is the presidential residence, if I remember correctly
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Model of a traditional Korean home. The “buckets” on the right were used to make Chimchi (so they say)
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Really cool octopus. Poor thing would most likely become dinner
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Seoul at night
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TO BE CONTINUED…

Part 2 of 2 of this report will cover my trip to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), the flight back to Busan, some more photos from there, my KTX train ride from Busan to Seoul, a few more pictures from Seoul and the flight back to Vancouver, BC. Hope you’ll come back to read it.

Any comments are greatly appreciated



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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17146 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 15596 times:

Very nice TR

The pics are really good!

Seems you had a good time in Busan.

The service on the short flight from Busan to Seoul seems really disappointing for C class, even though the flight is about an hour.

Have to ask you, are you a Kimi fan? Noted that your cap says Raikkonen.

Looking forward for the second part.



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User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 15396 times:

kinda surprised that you flew into ICN from PUS if you were heading into town. GMP is much closer (and has many more flights to choose from).

which hotel did you stay at? i'm looking to stay near downtown (north of river) and there aren't too many decent business hotels in the area.

anyways, it's good that you did not use the bidet. it's not all that clean unless it's cleaned and maintained by people who know what they are doing.

looking forward to part 2!


User currently offlineKlm685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15152 times:

Hey Vio! What an amazing trip report. The pictures are excellent! You made me want to go to S. Korea ASAP!

Thanks for sharing.



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User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 15086 times:

Hey, Vio. Nice job at the TR to Korea so far. Hope to see pt. 2 soon.

BTW, are you gonna be in YVR between July 26 and August 2? I'm zooming out west for a week's vacation. We should chill.

Ciao,
Nik



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User currently offlineStargold From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 14940 times:

Nice report  Smile Interesting to see my home town through your photos - hope you're enjoying / you enjoyed your time there!

Quoting Watewate (Reply 3):
kinda surprised that you flew into ICN from PUS if you were heading into town. GMP is much closer (and has many more flights to choose from).

He did in fact fly into GMP - probably just a mistake in the heading I think. The pictures are also GMP too.

Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
Busan Gimhae – Seoul Incheon

Departure: Busan-Gimhae, on May 19th 2009 @ 8:40am
Arrival: Seoul-Gimpo, May 19th 2009 @ 9:35am

And,

Quoting Vio (Reply 1):
They showed me around town, including the “little river” that many people go to in Seoul. I don’t remember the name, but maybe some of you can tell me.

- it's called Chung gye chun. It used to be covered over by concrete and built on, but a few years ago they completely ripped out the concrete and made it into a stream/river again...


User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1707 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 14511 times:

Great TR! Extremely comprehensive, and Korea looks like a very diverse and interesting place to visit....thanks a lot, you've done a great job! I look forward to Pt. II

User currently offlineAOMlover From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 1308 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 14309 times:



Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
Okay, what is this? All I know is that you eat it.

That's silkworms for you ! I don't like it, and the smell is awful.

Thanks for your trip report, I miss Korea so much. I wish I could come back to my beloved Sinchon district for a few more months. And I'd sell my left arm for a good dolsot bibimbap.


User currently offlineZoom1018 From Taiwan, joined May 2005, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 14160 times:

Great trip report!
I was in Seoul around 16 to 20 May and missed out some of the nice places you went to. That blue house is nothing too special but they know how to make it become a tourist attraction... You had a great position to take that photo of the Blue house.

Korean people make everything Kimchi, from simple cucumber to eggplant...

Lots of beautiful pictures, too!


User currently offlineUnkl From Russia, joined May 2009, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 13979 times:

Great!!!
I didn't notice an hour passed.
Thank you for sharing.
Looking forward for the second part course I'm going to make VVO-ICN-NAN and back soon on KE.


User currently offlineMatt727 From Sweden, joined Jul 2007, 311 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 13811 times:

Excellent trip report Vio!

Thanks for sharing.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 13540 times:
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Nice report & pictures thanks for sharing the trip.

AC's new interior looks like a vast improvement over the old one, shame the overhead bins are still the same though, they make the cabin look so dated.

Nice to get on a rather rare A300, getting more difficult to get on one these days  Sad

Good pictures from Busan & Seoul, both look like interesting places to visit.

Looking forward to the next part.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 13298 times:

Very well written report.... All the pictures are really cool, especially the ones you took while "touring"..

Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading part 2.

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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2739 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 13284 times:

Very nice Trip Report.
I didn't know that AC had mood lights on their 767s...
AC seems to have a very good product, now.



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User currently offlineGmex23 From Canada, joined May 2006, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 13283 times:

Great report - Had a short 3 day layover before moving back from Taiwan - brought back some memories - can't wait for number 2

User currently offlineFCA767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1786 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 13219 times:

Nice to see a view of South Korea...I'm suprised about there being a 767 on that route...and the interior is amazing...Air Canada look like a great airline to fly...really like the mood lighting  Smile

User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 13097 times:



Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
I think Vancouver really needs to improve its airport before the 2010 Olympics.

You wrote a wonderful report. Your pictures of Korea make me want to go there right now. What improvements do you feel need to be made to YVR?



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User currently offlineDL752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 174 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 12945 times:

The title of this trip report is correct...
this truly was an AMAZING trip report!
Thanks for all the information.
DL752 Big grin


User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 12623 times:

Thanks for all the feedback and replies everyone. I'm working hard on the next report, which should be out very soon.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):
The service on the short flight from Busan to Seoul seems really disappointing for C class, even though the flight is about an hour.

You know, I think so. The crew was very nice, but come on? An old muffin and coffee? When I flew Prestige class from Incheon to Seoul (the first day, at night) I asked for a beer. They had no alcohol. Really?.... I mean REALLY? In "business class?" A little dissapointed. I mean I would've paid for it even... but they had none at all...

Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):
Have to ask you, are you a Kimi fan? Noted that your cap says Raikkonen.

Yup. I am. I found a nice cap in Helsinki when I visited there last, but it was way too expensive. This one, I got it pretty decent at the PUMA store in Busan.

Quoting Watewate (Reply 3):
kinda surprised that you flew into ICN from PUS if you were heading into town. GMP is much closer (and has many more flights to choose from).

I did fly into Gimpo. That was a mistake on the "heading title". If you look after that I did mention Gimpo and all the photos are from Gimpo. But you're right. Sorry for the mistake.

Quoting Watewate (Reply 3):
which hotel did you stay at? i'm looking to stay near downtown (north of river) and there aren't too many decent business hotels in the area.

I stayed at the Lotte City Hotel. Very nice and it's 100 feet from the subway station "Gongdeok", on the "Number 5 (Purple line)" and "Number 6 (Orange) lines.



Quoting WestJetForLife (Reply 5):
BTW, are you gonna be in YVR between July 26 and August 2? I'm zooming out west for a week's vacation. We should chill.

I don't know if I will be there. I'm always travelling, but hey, let me know closer to your arrival date and I'll let you know 100% if I'll be here. We should def. go for a beer at the Flying Beaver pub near YVR.

Quoting Stargold (Reply 6):
it's called Chung gye chun. It used to be covered over by concrete and built on, but a few years ago they completely ripped out the concrete and made it into a stream/river again...

Thanks for telling me that. My friend told me, but I couldn't remember the name!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 12):
AC's new interior looks like a vast improvement over the old one, shame the overhead bins are still the same though, they make the cabin look so dated.

I didn't even notice that, but now that I looked closer at my photos, I know what you mean. For me, the IFE is what made this trip really good... ah and the food. It was awesome! (for airline food that is)

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 12):
Nice to get on a rather rare A300, getting more difficult to get on one these days

Indeed. The sound of the engines when you take off, reminds me of some 1980s plane movie. Really cool. And really powerful.

Quoting Jeffrey1970 (Reply 17):
You wrote a wonderful report. Your pictures of Korea make me want to go there right now. What improvements do you feel need to be made to YVR?

Well... more shopping / dining / pubs for the domestic terminals as well as the international terminal. It's really annoying as a frequent flyer to have to walk 10 minutes to a pub to have a beer, then have to wait in line so someone can leave the bar area.


Again, everyone else, thanks for the kind comments. I will post Part 2 here (in the forum) shortly.

Cheers,

Vio



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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 12516 times:

Part 2 of 2 is ready. Please see link below:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/149162/



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12379 times:

You have sold me on Air Canada. I may have an opportunity to use them next year. Thank you for posting all the pictures of Korea.

You are fortunate to be from Vancouver. It is one of my most favourite cities.


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17146 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 11856 times:



Quoting Vio (Reply 19):
Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):
Have to ask you, are you a Kimi fan? Noted that your cap says Raikkonen.

Yup. I am. I found a nice cap in Helsinki when I visited there last, but it was way too expensive. This one, I got it pretty decent at the PUMA store in Busan.

Fantastic Big grin. I am also a Kimi fan  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7632 posts, RR: 43
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11598 times:

Hey Vio! This is a fantastic trip report as always. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I can't wait for part 2.



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User currently offlineHeeseokKoo From South Korea, joined Jan 2005, 666 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11183 times:

Great! You made me miss my hometown - Korea. I thought I was happy living here, Texas. Those dizzy tall apartments, non-organized streets, and fancy-traditional expensive Korean food restaurants! Btw, the "High-tech toilet", or videt, is very important for many Koreans who constantly eat spicy food and thus have weak "bum". I was having trouble finding that technology here in Texas when I first moved in. Now I don't eat spicy Korean food that much, so I don't need it  Smile Thanks for sharing your experience.

25 Vio : Thanks guys for all your comments. I recommend it. AC is getting better and better, especially their long-haul service. Their new 777 is a joy to fly.
26 RGElectra80 : What's with the DL 757?
27 HOONS90 : Nice report and pictures! Quite impressed to see so many new tall buildings up in Busan. It's a scheduled daily NW flight from NRT. That particular pl
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