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  1. Dorasan station is the very last stop in South Korea before you enter the DMZ and head towards the North. It is actually possible to catch a train to and from here to Seoul, but i'm pretty sure that there aren't that many trains a day though. If you want to get on the platform, you have to pay 500 Won for the privilege of doing this , and considering that is only 30 pence, its not for the cheap charlie brigade!!! Lets hope that one day there will be a reunification of the 2 Korea's sometime in the future. This soldier stayed approx 20 yards in front of me all the time i was on the platform. Obviously thought i might be trying to defect to the North!!!......................
  2. This is the views from the Dora Observatory, looking across the border and straight into the secretive, and communist controlled North Korea. From here you can see for miles. You can see the village the North built to try and impress the South, and the new built Kaesong Industrial area that was built by the South. This is the largest no-mans land in the world, and the worlds largest minefield. This is the village that the North built to show the South that their population live in good quality housing. In reality, the housing is nothing more than a shell, just purely bricks and mortar and nothing else.................................................. This is the Kaesong Industrial region, a specially built town by the South, built in North Korea to help them with foreign currency.............................. Where this South Korean flag pole is, is the village of Panmunjon, where the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement was signed................................... As far as the eye can see, or you can see are miles and miles of trenches, watch towers, barbwire fences and mine fields.....................................
  3. The 3rd infiltration tunnel. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Tunnel_of_Aggression You are not allowed to take any bags, cameras or phones down into this tunnel, and photos are forbidden as well. They are quite strict, and as i said before, you dont f**k with these guys and there rules. This man and his wife were been "questioned" by the military.......................................
  4. There is just so many photos i have taken at the DMZ, that i have seperated them all off, and will create a series of photos threads for the DMZ. These first photos are of Imjingak. This is a park area and the nearest you can actually GET to the DMZ, without entering the No man's land exclusion area, and having to show your passport (which you have to submit weeks before your arrival day to the DMZ), to the South Korean army!! These guys you dont f**k with!! There are DEADLY serious about their job and the security of their nation against the communists in the North. Many Seoul locals come here at the weekends and holidays to party and celebrate, which will explain why there is a fair sized Fun Fair here!!
  5. “Lost in translation”………………………… ……………………. Sounds like a great title for my trip report, yeah. What do you think? If I don’t get lost, ask for help or directions at least once, I will consider this a good trip. But I think it’s not possible. So the plan for this trip is…………………………. 4nights in Seoul,(that’s South Korea to all the uneducated member’s) 6 nights in Tokyo, 3 nights in Hiroshima, 4 nights in Osaka and finishing off with my last night at an airport hotel at Haneda in Tokyo (It’s an early morning departure the next day, so it makes more sense to stay here rather than in downtown Tokyo). I’ve even bought guide books as well for Japan (that’s the first time I’ve ever done that for any holiday anywhere in the world). But if anyone has any tips on places to visit, I’m more than happy to take them on board. Why start in Seoul I hear you ask? Well, a good friend of mine who is a board member here, Dave (BM Horizondave/The Tongue), recommended that I try out Korea. He managed to twist my arm by showing me some photos he took on his way back to the UK in January, and i thought the place looked great. So, booked my flights with BA, flying to Seoul, then flying onwards to Haneda with JAL, and then flying back to the UK with BA all for the price of £629. I thought this was a great price. If I just wanted to fly direct to Japan, I could of done that for £430,(Turkish Airlines) but I fancied the stop over instead. British Airways. What do people think about this airline for a long haul flight? The longest flight I’ve ever done with BA was only 4 hours to Kiev (and that was in Club Europe) so I wasn’t too sure after reading lots of reviews on sites like Airline Quality, and reading the reviews in particular about the B787-800, I was even more worried. Just about any review of this plane, on any website, slates the fact that cattle class seats are too small, too narrow, not enough leg space, AVOD (if it ever works) is too small. But, I took the plunge, booked the ticket and here we go. I’ve been watching this flight (BA017) on Flightradar24 for the past 10 days, and every single day it has had a delay of at least 30 mins on departure, but also on your everyday, the flight has landed early in Seoul by sometimes up to 30 min. Must be some really strong tail winds over the Urals and Mongolia. I will try and update this TR on a daily basis (No promises though), and try to add some photos to the thread as well, but most photos will go into separate threads when I get the chance to upload them. So, let’s kick off with……………… DAY 1. (Friday) Made it to T5 at LHR quite early as I felt like getting a bit of breakfast at JDW before that long long long 11 hour flight to Seoul. T5 really is a soul less place. Too big and too open on landside, and too tight and compact on airside. Customer service counters were doing more business that the bag drop counters. Maybe too many people with complaints, who knows! Large breakfast and tea at JDW only £10.49. Roughly double the price that you would pay at your local high street JDW. And the food wasn’t too bad either! (Shame about those shitty new teabags they use!!) The usual tat and crap at the duty free shops, which all happens to be cheaper in your local high street than the airport. Go figure, duty free yeah right!! Boarding was quite easy and no hassle. All of the Koreans seem to wait for us westerns to board first, and then they boarded afterwards. Had a pleasant surprise now. The girl checked my passport and ticket, asked me if I was travelling alone, ripped my ticket up and re-issued me a new ticket for World traveller plus+, an upgrade!! A good surprise, as I’ve never ever managed to get an upgrade on any of the flights I have made to Thailand over the years. And the upgrade is a bulkhead seat as well. Even more foot space to spread out in, and a bigger AVOD screen, as the ones in mere mortal cattle class seem really really small. I know it’s a small thing, but means a lot. And surprise surprise (no, Cilla Black wasn’t on the flight), we pushed back off the stand 40 mins late. Seems BA have a good lateness record that they want to keep!! Lunch served about an hour into the flight, which wasn’t half bad actually. Well, I enjoyed it anyway. And that’s it for now, as we are currently 40,000 feet up and 3 hours into the flight, and im bored and tapping up day 1 of this TR.