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  1. Gyeongbokgung (경복궁/景福宫), also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings' households, as well as the government of Joseon. Its a fantastic little palace to walk around, in fact its not little, its huge inside those walls. On this day when i visited, it was hot, bloody hot, and inside the grounds, they are no vending machines, no cafes, no stalls or shops to buy any drinks or ice creams, not even a water fountain(It was broken!!). There was only 1 cafe, but if you had seen the Q, you would have about turned as well and walked away, the same as me.
  2. The N Seoul Tower, is located right in the heart of Seoul, with beautiful views of across the whole city. Its only from up here that yiu can see just how BIG this city really is. It really does spread itself out over a very large area indeed. Also, you can see why this tower and hill is called a romantic island in the heart of the city, they are padlocks everywhere up here, for the young, and not so young couples to declare their undying love for each other. Padlocks and having your photo taken seem to be big business up here...................................... There seem to be some kind of typical Korean jousting/fighting show going on up top............................... The views from up here over all of Seoul are just amazing.................................... Im guessing that some of these "locks of love" have been here a very long time............................
  3. The National War Memorial of Korea. The Koreans are very proud of their history, albeit it hasn't been a very good history for them. This museum is a collection of aircraft and exhibits related to their more recent struggle with peace against their brother's and sister's of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
  4. “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.