Thursday, July 12, 2012

Winter Holiday in South Korea in December 2008 - Part 1

Welcome to my blog report on my winter holiday in South Korea in December 2008. This holiday was done shortly after I finished my first year in secondary school. In this section, I will explain the flight to Bangkok, how we spent our afternoon there, our flight to Seoul, and how we spent our first day after our arrival. Please may I kindly have your undivided attention.

Part 1 ~ The Opening


After several weeks of planning, we decided to go to South Korea for the end-of-year December holidays. This would be our second time we would be going to South Korea. We went there in 2002, 2008 and 2009, all in December. Notable carriers we have flown to and from Seoul include Korean Air (mostly on connecting flights to and from Hokkaido, Japan), Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways International.


Shortly after my first year in secondary school ended, we planned our vacation carefully. Unable to think of any other available carriers, we decided on Thai Airways for our flights in Business Class. This would be our fourth flight with Thai Airways International and third time flying on their Business Class (Royal Silk Class). This was all my younger brother's idea to go to Korea, as he had the desire to see snow.


However, due to a series of protests that occurred on 26 November 2008, Suvarnabhumi Airport was closed, leaving nearly 3,000 people stranded. We were worried that we might have to re-book our flights on other carriers, such as Asiana Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. However, to our relief, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport was re-opened on 5 December 2008.


In December 2010, we discovered the flag carrier of South Korea, Korean Air. With our new discovery of Korean Air, I think it will be good if we can fly directly with Korean Air to Seoul should we go to South Korea in future. Also, we would no longer need to take the trouble to change planes in Bangkok.


After many weeks of anxious waiting, the day, which was a Wednesday (10 December) finally arrived. We woke up at around 7.30 a.m. to have a shower, breakfast, and pack our remaining baggage.


At 9.25 a.m., a MaxiCab came to our house to pick us up to Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1. After all of our baggage was loaded onto the cab, we left home at 9.30 a.m.. The journey time between our home and the airport took just 25 to 30 minutes.


After a 30-minute journey from home, we finally arrived at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 at 10 o' clock. Immediately, we grabbed a few baggage trolleys and went into the check-in and departures area of Terminal 1.


Terminal 1 is the oldest terminal in Singapore Changi Airport. This terminal opened on 1 July 1981, coinciding with the opening of the airport. Today, many foreign carriers flying to and from Singapore use this terminal.


However, some airlines either moved to Terminal 2 or Terminal 3 in the late 2000s and early 2010s. These are the airlines that used to operate their flights from Terminal 1. They are:


1) Air India (Moved to Terminal 2 on 29 March 2009)


2) Air India Express (Moved to Terminal 2 on 29 March 2009)


3) All Nippon Airways (Star Alliance carrier - Moved to Terminal 2 on 1 October 2008)


4) Asiana Airlines (Star Alliance carrier - Moved to Terminal 2 on 29 March 2009)


5) China Eastern Airlines (SkyTeam carrier - Moved to Terminal 3 on 25 March 2008)


6) Garuda Indonesia (Future SkyTeam carrier - Moved to Terminal 3 on 22 February 2011)


7) Jet Airways (Moved to Terminal 3 on 25 March 2008)


8) Korean Air (SkyTeam carrier - Moved to Terminal 2 on 29 March 2009)


9) Qatar Airways (Future Oneworld carrier - Moved to Terminal 3 on 25 March 2008)


10) Saudia - Saudi Arabian Airlines (SkyTeam carrier - Moved to Terminal 3 on 22 February 2011)


11) SriLankan Airlines (Future Oneworld carrier - Moved to Terminal 3 on 22 February 2011)


12) United Airlines (Star Alliance carrier - Moved to Terminal 3 on 25 March 2008)


13) Vietnam Airlines (SkyTeam carrier - Moved to Terminal 3 on 22 February 2011)


Some airlines also used to operate out of Terminal 1, but later suspended service to Singapore:


1) Air Seychelles (terminated service to Singapore in November 2011 due to unprofitability)


2) Kingfisher Airlines (terminated all international flights in March 2012 due to financial crisis)*


3) Swiss International Air Lines (Star Alliance carrier - suspended Bangkok-Singapore service in April 2009 due to unprofitability)**


*Kingfisher Airlines initially commenced service to Singapore using Terminal 3 on 17 September 2009, but later shifted its operations to Terminal 1 between 2010 and 2011.


**Swiss International Air Lines will resume service to Singapore on 12 May 2013, using Terminal 2. It will offer direct non-stop flights between Singapore and Zurich, using a 3-class Airbus A340-300 aircraft.



The departures and check-in area in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1

After looking at the departure sign board, we went to the SATS Premier Check-in Lounge to check in for Thai Airways International flights TG 404 and TG 658 to Bangkok and Seoul (Incheon). The check-in lady then gave us invitation passes to the Royal Silk Lounge after settling our boarding passes.


According to the check-in agent, our flight TG 404 bound for Bangkok would depart at 12.25 p.m. from Gate No. C24. Our connecting flight TG 658 to Seoul would depart at 11.05 p.m. from Bangkok, in accordance with the Thai local time.


Thai Airways International is the flag carrier and largest airline of the Kingdom of Thailand. It is one of the five founding members of Star Alliance, the world's first and largest airline alliance formed in 1997. This airline, along with four other carriers, namely Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, and United Airlines banded together to create the airline alliance. Its frequent flyer program is known as Royal Orchid Plus.


Besides fellow Star Alliance members, the airline has codeshare agreements with other airlines which are not Star Alliance members. Some of them include SkyTeam partner China Airlines and Oneworld partner Japan Airlines.


At Singapore Changi Airport's Terminal 1, these are the following airlines that use the SATS Premier Check-in Lounge for their First and Business Class passengers. As of 1 June 2012, they are:


1) Air China (Star Alliance carrier)


2) Air Niugini


3) British Airways (Oneworld carrier)


4) China Southern Airlines (SkyTeam carrier)


5) EVA Airways (future Star Alliance carrier)


6) JAL - Japan Airlines (Oneworld carrier)


7) Qantas (Oneworld carrier)


8) Thai Airways International (Star Alliance carrier)


9) Turkish Airlines (Star Alliance carrier)


10) Xiamen Airlines (future SkyTeam carrier)


After checking in for Thai Airways International flights TG 404 and TG 658 to BKK and ICN, we went into the airside to change some Singapore dollars to South Korean won at a money changer.


Inside the airside, much of the area was under renovation. There were even several Disney posters on a magical Christmas at Singapore Changi Airport.



A Disney Visa advertisement poster posted on a wall outside an area under reservation


A miniature display of Donald Duck and Goofy advertising a magical Christmas at Singapore Changi Airport


The departure flight information timings on the departure information screen in the Terminal 1 airside

After changing some Singapore dollars into South Korean won, we decided to go to the Royal Silk Lounge at around 10.30 a.m.. We knew we had to charge our electronics before the flight to Bangkok.


While at the Royal Silk Lounge, we managed to have some light bites before the flight. We relaxed there for about an hour. The Royal Silk Lounge looked kind of old, and a kind of a gloomy-looking airline lounge. There were no windows at all for natural light to come in, which made it look like a dungeon in a castle (i.e. The Slytherin Dungeon in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets).



The overall interior of Thai Airways' Royal Orchid Lounge in Singapore Changi Airport


Another view of the seating areas in Thai Airways' Royal Orchid Lounge in SIN


Sets of pastries in a pastry heater in the food and beverage corner


A plate of a few chicken pieces and a can of Diet Coca-cola for myself


A small plate of instant noodles for my brother

Part 2 ~ The Flight to Bangkok & Break in the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport


Airline: Thai Airways International

Flight No.: TG 404
From: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN / WSSS), Singapore
To: Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK / VTBS), Bangkok, Thailand
Aircraft: Airbus A330-322
Registration No.: HS-TEK (Named "Srichulalak" and decorated in special Royal Barge Livery)
Class: Royal Silk Class (Business Class)
Seat No.: 14A
Date: Wednesday, 10 December 2008

After resting in the Royal Silk Lounge, we packed up all of our baggage and left the lounge at 11.30 a.m.. We then proceeded to Gate No. C24 for Thai Airways International flight TG 404 bound for Bangkok. We arrived at Gate No. C24 at around 11.45 a.m.. The security check was relatively quick and we were in the boarding room just before 11.50 a.m..


The aircraft that would soon transport us to Bangkok was an Airbus A330-300, registered HS-TEK and named Srichulalak. This aircraft was painted in the special Royal Barge Livery, which was decorated between August 1998 and November 2009. In December 2009, this aircraft was re-painted into the new standard Thai Airways livery.


Two of the carrier's Boeing 747-400s, registered HS-TGJ and HS-TGO, were also painted in this livery. However, in the mid-2000s, they were painted into the new standard Thai Airways livery. HS-TEK, until late 2009, would be the last remaining aircraft to wear this beautiful Royal Barge Livery.


In January 2012, HS-TGJ was converted to a freighter plane from a regular passenger plane (Boeing 747-400 (BCF)). It was then delivered to THAI Cargo, the cargo subsidiary of Thai Airways International.



Our aircraft for today, HS-TEK, being serviced at Gate No. C24 before her voyage back to BKK as Thai Airways International flight TG 404

A few moments later, the first boarding calls were finally made at 12 noon, 25 minutes before the scheduled departure time. As usual, the Royal Silk Class passengers, along with the Royal Orchid Plus club members, and passengers needing special assistance were called to board the aircraft first.


We were finally on board the special Royal Barge Livery aircraft at 12.05 p.m.. This was just in good time for a 12.25 p.m. departure, with a planned arrival in Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1.45 p.m., 1 hour behind Singapore. The entire flight would be expected to take just 2 hours 20 minutes.


The Royal Silk Class we were using were the one of the older types found on the older batch of Airbus A330s. Although they were ageing, they were still good enough for this short flight between Singapore and Bangkok. 
As I know, Thai Airways brands its Business Class cabin as "Royal Silk Class", whereas for its First Class cabins, they are known as "Royal First Class".

The flight attendants then did their usual rituals of distributing pre-departure beverages, food and beverage menus and newspapers. I then asked a flight attendant to bring me my usual glass of orange juice. 
While waiting for pushback, we stowed away all of our bags in their respective stowage areas.


The older generation of 'no smoking' and fasten seatbelt' signs found on older generations of Airbus aircraft


My mum and brother posing for a photograph in their seats


My usual pre-departure glass of orange juice

At 12.15 p.m., all the doors were closed, and we finally pushed from Gate No. C24, just 10 minutes ahead of schedule. The pre-flight safety demonstration was then played on all of our video screens. We then made a 15-minute taxi to our assigned runway, finally taking off at 12.30 p.m. and climbing into the bright afternoon sky to the Thai capital city.



Flying over an island by the South China Sea shortly after take-off from SIN

The seatbelt sign was turned off at 12.45 p.m., 15 minutes shortly after take-off from SIN. Immediately, the flight attendants sprung into action to commence the meal service, while I went to the lavatory.


Shortly after I returned from the lavatory, a flight stewardess came to my seat and asked me what I wanted for lunch. Immediately, I decided to go with the chicken teriyaki with steamed rice with mixed vegetables. I took some pictures while waiting for my main course. However, I didn't manage to take any photos of the starter.



A packet of roasted peanuts


My usual glass of orange juice


A glass of water for myself


The flight router showing that we are flying somewhere over Pahang Province in Malaysia

After waiting for about 25 minutes, the flight attendant finally arrived with my chicken teriyaki with steamed rice with mixed vegetables. Immediately, I tucked into my lunch. The chicken tasted quite good enough for my liking. It was a quite a decent lunch on board a short flight from SIN to BKK.



My main course: Chicken teriyaki with steamed rice and mixed vegetables

After I was done with my main course, the flight stewardess came to collect my meal tray. I declined dessert as I was feeling rather full. I then went to do some of my usual cabin shots.



A view of my seat, 14A, during the flight


The interior of the older Thai Airways Royal Silk Class cabin on one of the older batches of Airbus A330s


Flying over the South China Sea between Malaysia and Thailand


Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-412 Herpa Scale 1:500 (500852) ~ Old Generation


The container that contains life vests

About 1 hour 15 minutes before descent into Suvarnabhumi Airport, the in-flight duty-free service commenced. They announced that transiting passengers are not permitted to purchase any duty-free liquids for security reasons. From the in-flight duty-free service, I managed to grab a Thai Airways International Boeing 747-400 scale 1:500 model made by Herpa Wings. The details are as follows:


1) Thai Airways International Boeing 747-4D7 Herpa Scale 1:500 (507899)



Thai Airways International Boeing 747-4D7 Herpa Scale 1:500 (507899)


My newly-purchased Thai Airways International Boeing 747-400 Herpa Wings Scale 1:500 duty-free model


The seatbelt sign illuminated for descent into BKK

In accordance with the Thailand local time, the seatbelt sign was illuminated at 1.10 p.m., 35 minutes before landing in Suvarnabhumi Airport. Immediately, we stowed away all our bags and buckled up for the landing in BKK. After a flight time of 2 hours from Singapore, we finally landed in Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1.30 p.m., 15 minutes ahead of schedule.



As with my previous blog reports, the airline grading systems are as follows:

A+: 85% or above (Airline has an excellent rating and performance)
A: 75% ~ 84% (Airline has a good rating and performance)
B: 60% ~ 74% (Airline has a good rating and performance)
C: 50% ~ 59% (Airline has an adequate rating and performance)
D: 40% ~ 49% (Airline has a fair rating and performance)
E: 20% ~ 39% (Airline has a poor rating and performance)
U: Below 20% (Airline has not met the requirement for the minimum grade)

Thai Airways International Flight 404 Score Report

Seat: 15 / 20
Food: 16 / 20
Service: 14 / 20
Aircraft cleanliness: 17 / 20
Legroom space: 14 / 20
Total: 76 / 100

In total, Thai Airways International scored 76% between SIN and BKK. This means that they deserve an 'A' grade. It was quite a good flight with Thai Airways International.

As soon as the aircraft docked onto our arrival gate, we got up and took all of our carry-on bags. The flight attendants wished us farewell, as we headed to the immigrations area of Suvarnabhumi Airport.


On the moving passageways to the immigrations area in BKK

As we reached the immigration checkpoint, I was puzzled as to why we were getting out of the airport. My mum then explained to me that she had booked a hotel room for the day at the Hotel Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. As our connecting flight to Seoul was not until 11.05 p.m. later that night, we decided to rest in the hotel for the day.


After we cleared the immigrations area, an arranged cab was waiting on the curbside to take us to the Hotel Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. The journey took just 5 to 10 minutes.


Upon arrival at the Hotel Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, my mum checked us in. We were then escorted to our rooms for the afternoon. For the entire afternoon, we did nothing but lay down to rest in the hotel room.



Part 3 ~ The Flight to Seoul (Incheon)

After having a good break in the hotel room, we had dinner before packing up our carry-on bags to head back to the airport. As we already had our other bags checked in earlier, there wasn't anything much to worry about. We were also relieved to have checked in for our connecting flight to Seoul earlier back in Singapore.

As soon as all our bags were packed up, we left the hotel room. At 8.15 p.m., my mum then went to check us out of the hotel, and a hotel cab was waiting at the entrance to take us to Suvarnabhumi Airport. We then left the hotel for the airport at 8.35 p.m..

We were then in the departure and check-in area of Suvarnabhumi Airport by 8.45 p.m.. Immediately, we went through the passport control area, as we had checked in for the flight to ICN earlier.


The departures and check-in area in Suvarnabhumi Airport

Upon entering the terminal building, we immediately went through the passport control area. Before 2009, the security checkpoints were located before each gate concourse. However, this was later moved to the area located just after the check-in counters and before the passport control area. A separate transit security checkpoint was also located just above the connecting flight check-in counters in the airside at the same time.

After we cleared the passport control area, we immediately went to check the departure information board to see what was our gate number. According to the the departure information board, flight TG 658 to ICN would depart from Gate No. E10 at 11.05 p.m.. We then headed to the Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Lounge near Gate Concourse E. located just after the area. We rested in the Royal Orchid Lounge for approximately half an hour.

Inside the Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Lounge near Gate Concourse E

One of the seating areas inside the Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Lounge

A cup of Diet Coca-cola for myself with a glass of ice

One of the gate concourses in BKK

Airline: Thai Airways International

Flight No.: TG 658
From: Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK / VTBS), Bangkok, Thailand
To: Seoul, Incheon International Airport (ICN / RKSI), Seoul, South Korea
Aircraft: Boeing 777-3D7
Registration No.: HS-TKF (Named "Lahan Sai")
Class: Royal Silk Class (Business Class)
Seat No.: 22A
Date: Wednesday, 10 December 2008

At around 10 o' clock, we decided to purchase some duty-free items before our flight. With that, we left the lounge for a nearby open duty-free shop. After purchasing our duty-free items, we headed to the security checkpoint near Gate Concourse E.

The security check was relatively quick, and we were in the holding room of Gate No. E10 by 10.25 p.m.. The aircraft that would later take us to Seoul would be a Boeing 777-300, registered HS-TKF and powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 892 engines. The aircraft was wearing the revised Thai Airways livery.



Our aircraft for tonight, HS-TKF, being prepared at Gate No. E10 for her red-eye mission to Seoul (Incheon) as Thai Airways International flight TG 658

A few moments later, the first boarding calls were finally made at 10.30 p.m., 35 minutes before the scheduled departure time. As usual, the Royal Silk Class passengers, along with passengers needing special assistance were called to board the aircraft first.


We were finally on board HS-TKF at 10.35 p.m.. This was just in good time for an 11.05 p.m. departure. The flight between BKK and ICN would be planned to take 5 hours 30 minutes.


The Royal Silk Class seats that we would be using were the older style standard Business Class seats. Initially, we weren't expecting these kind of seats. The seats were just simple and outdated recliner seats. These seats were phased out in mid-2009 and replaced with new angle shell designed seats.


As usual, the flight attendants did their usual rituals of distributing all the pre-departure beverages, food and beverage menus and newspapers. I then asked a flight attendant to bring me my usual glass of orange juice.



My usual glass of orange juice and a glass of apple juice for my dad

At 10.50 p.m., all the doors were closed, and we finally pushed from Gate No. E10, just 15 minutes ahead of schedule. The pre-flight safety demonstration was then played on all of our video screens. We then made a 20-minute taxi to our assigned runway, finally taking off at 11.10 p.m. and climbing into the pitch black night sky towards the South Korean capital city.


The seatbelt sign was turned off at 11.25 p.m., 15 minutes into the flight to Seoul. Immediately, I went to the lavatory and took some of my usual cabin pictures. At the same time, the crew sprung into action to commence the late night meal service.



The pitch black night sky shortly after take-off from BKK


The dimmed pre-refurbished Thai Airways Boeing 777-300 Royal Silk Class cabin shortly after the meal service commenced


A notice placard in the lavatory that warns passengers that tampering with, disabling, or destroying smoke detectors in the lavatories is a criminal offence

I then returned to my seat after I did my usual rounds. Soon enough, a flight stewardess came to my seat to take my late night meal order. I explained to her that I wasn't feeling too hungry, so I simply requested a cup of milk tea. It was then brought to me soon.



My cup of milk tea on my tray table

Thai Airways International Boeing 747-4D7 Herpa Scale 1:500 (507899)

After I finished my tea, the flight attendant collected my tea cup. I then reclined my seat to its fully reclined position. With that, I took more pictures of the cabin before getting some sleep.



Flying somewhere over the South China Sea


My seat, 22A, in its fully reclined position


The pre-refurbished Thai Airways International Boeing 777-300 Royal Silk Class cabin dimmed

Part 4 ~ Arrival into Seoul & The First Day in Seoul


After getting a few hours of sleep, I woke up at around 5.10 a.m., just half an hour before landing in ICN, in accordance with the Japan & Korea local time. I realised that I had slept through most of the flight, eventually missing the breakfast service. With that, I immediately went to the lavatory before the seatbelt sign was turned on for landing.


The seatbelt sign was illuminated at around 5.25 a.m., just 20 minutes before descent into Incheon International Airport. With that, we packed away all of our bags and buckled up in preparation for the landing in Seoul.


We finally landed at Incheon International Airport at 5.45 a.m. after a flight time of 4 hours 35 minutes from Bangkok. We then made a 10-minute taxi to our assigned arrival gate, before finally docking on at 5.55 a.m..


It was still dark by the time we landed in ICN. During the cold winter season in Korea, like Japan, sunshine can be quite short. At around 7 a.m., the sun rises, and by 4 or 5 p.m., the sky is already dark.


As soon as the aircraft docked onto our arrival gate, the seatbelt sign was off. Immediately, we removed all of our carry-on bags and exited the aircraft. The flight attendants then bade us farewell and wished us a pleasant stay in Korea.


Incheon International Airport is the main airport serving the Seoul metropolitan area. It is currently the largest and busiest airport in South Korea. The airport opened for service on 29 March 2001 to relieve overcrowding at the older Gimpo International Airport, eventually taking over most of the international traffic to and from the country. It is the main hub for the country's two largest carriers, Asiana Airlines and Korean Air.



HS-TKF resting at the arrival gate after a relatively long night flight from BKK

Thai Airways International Flight 658 Score Report


Seat: 11 / 20

Food: Not applicable as I did not eat
Service: 14 / 20
Aircraft cleanliness: 16 / 20
Legroom space: 11 / 20
Total: 52 / 80

In total, Thai Airways International scored 65% between SIN and BKK. This means that they deserve a 'B' grade for their good try. It was a flight with Thai Airways International that was alright with nothing special. Given the score report above, at that time, I felt that Thai Airways International can make much better improvements to their Royal Silk Class seats. After all, there is always room for improvement.


After disembarking from Thai Airways International flight TG 658 from Bangkok, we walked onto the moving passageways towards the immigration area. Once we reached the immigration area, we filled up some arrival and departure cards.


The immigration area was really packed with a lot of travellers. Most of them were foreigners whom had come to South Korea for a snow and skiing holiday. The immigration check was relatively slow, and we only got to claim our check-in baggage from the bag belts at 6.45 a.m..


Just before 7 o' clock, we were in the arrival hall. A gentlemen who was waiting for us offered to help us with our baggage, while my dad went to purchase some beverages from a convenience store. After the gentlemen loaded our baggage onto a cab, he offered to transport us to the Han Suites Serviced Residences. By 7.20 a.m., we left Incheon International Airport for a journey time of about 1 hour 10 minutes to the Han Suites Serviced Residences.



Crossing the Yeongjong Bridge on the Incheon International Airport Expressway towards downtown Seoul


An island as seen from the Yeongjong Bridge on the Incheon International Airport Expressway

After a journey time of 1 hour 10 minutes on the cab, we finally arrived at the Han Suites Serviced Residences at 8.30 a.m.. In the lobby of the serviced apartment, there was a Christmas Tree with several gifts underneath it. My mum then went to check us in for the stay of 12 days 11 nights for our holiday here in South Korea.



The decorated Christmas Tree in the main lobby of the Han Suites Serviced Residences

After we received our room key, we went up to our assigned hotel suite room. This suite had a kitchen, a dining room, a living room, two bathrooms, and two bedrooms.


As soon as we got to our room, we went to set up all our electronic devices and unpack all our bags. We simply slept and rested in the hotel room for the entire afternoon as we were tired from our flights to Bangkok and Seoul.


That evening, we went to a barbecue restaurant located near the Myeongdong shopping district. At the barbecue restaurant, we had quite a sumptuous Korean BBQ dinner on our first day. To be honest, I can't remember what was the name of the restaurant, but nevertheless, these are some photographs for your reference.



Our first plate of beef tongue

6 pieces of beef tongue being grilled with an arrangement in the shape of a flower


A plate of beef brisket


5 pieces of beef brisket being grilled


A plate of thickly sliced beef cuts


Some thick beef cuts being grilled


A plate of Samgyeopsal


Pieces of Samgyeopsal being grilled


A plate of marinated beef ribs (galbi)


Galbi being grilled on the barbecue griller


Our subsequent plate of beef tongue

After a sumptuous barbecue dinner at the restaurant near Myeongdong, we paid up our bill. We then walked back to the Han Suites Serviced Residences in the cold night air of downtown Seoul.


We arrived back at our apartment at around 10.15 p.m.. With that, we had a nice, hot bath before doing anything else. We went to bed relatively late, just before 1 or 2 o' clock in the morning.


This brings the first section of my winter holiday in South Korea in December 2008 to a close. Questions and comments are always welcome. Stay tuned for the upcoming sections!

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