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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #75 on: November 13, 2016, 01:52:38 AM »
I did one full day and I think it was more then enough.
Arrived at 5:30 waited thru customs 1.5 hours
Rushed on the train to the "closest" exit to the star too the JSA tour (Got help from TA) took a cab t the tour starting site. arrived at tour at 8:20,went to starbucks bought back coffee for myself, and bus driver (nice guy). Tour finished approx 1ish. Tour guide kept trying to sell us the DMZ tour after the JSA but was not interested. She dropped us off at a shopping area, which had approx 25 blocks of interesting junk shops in the middle of the street. Didn't purchase much but enjoyed walking thru them. 3:30 we walked past the shops a few blocks further we found some small shops along the streets  together with some expensive chains stores (Gucci etc) In the small store we found nice clothing for the kids and misses (u have to weed out the junk). then we walked to this kool elevator that takes you up to a tower which you can go to the top and have view of the whole Korea. Afterwards we took a taxi to the Grand Hyatt, went to Chabad for supper came back to hotel, and caught the bus to ICN at 5:00 am.  Nobody speaks english in Korea however there are "info desks" all over the place and they all speak english and very helpful.
Did you not reserve the JSA tour in advance?

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #76 on: November 13, 2016, 02:01:01 AM »
I did one full day and I think it was more then enough.
Arrived at 5:30 waited thru customs 1.5 hours
Rushed on the train to the "closest" exit to the star too the JSA tour (Got help from TA) took a cab t the tour starting site. arrived at tour at 8:20,went to starbucks bought back coffee for myself, and bus driver (nice guy). Tour finished approx 1ish. Tour guide kept trying to sell us the DMZ tour after the JSA but was not interested. She dropped us off at a shopping area, which had approx 25 blocks of interesting junk shops in the middle of the street. Didn't purchase much but enjoyed walking thru them. 3:30 we walked past the shops a few blocks further we found some small shops along the streets  together with some expensive chains stores (Gucci etc) In the small store we found nice clothing for the kids and misses (u have to weed out the junk). then we walked to this kool elevator that takes you up to a tower which you can go to the top and have view of the whole Korea. Afterwards we took a taxi to the Grand Hyatt, went to Chabad for supper came back to hotel, and caught the bus to ICN at 5:00 am.  Nobody speaks english in Korea however there are "info desks" all over the place and they all speak english and very helpful.
Seems like the DMZ tours are more popular overall. Why did you choose the JMA tour instead? Just because it was shorter?

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #77 on: November 13, 2016, 10:24:21 AM »
Did you not reserve the JSA tour in advance?
I did. Officials they need your passport info for clearance

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #78 on: November 13, 2016, 10:25:18 AM »
Seems like the DMZ tours are more popular overall. Why did you choose the JMA tour instead? Just because it was shorter?
1) allot of people don't know of that option of only the JSA
2) I read up on it and it is very boring. the JSA is the main hi light of the tour

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #79 on: November 13, 2016, 10:32:33 AM »
1) allot of people don't know of that option of only the JSA
2) I read up on it and it is very boring. the JSA is the main hi light of the tour
Oh, so if you do a DMZ tour it INCLUDES the JMA? Didn't realize. What about it did you find boring? I'm only asking for clarification because often times I have different definitions of "boring" compared to others here.

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #80 on: November 13, 2016, 10:38:00 AM »
Most DMZ tours include the JSA, if not make sure yours does.
From what I heard , its very long and drawn out, they take you to different places to see the fence (you see that when your driving anyway) to some old tunnels that take hours talking etc.

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #81 on: March 08, 2017, 12:59:24 PM »
Apparently the chabad has a restaurant open from 10am to 10pm.
anyone been there?

We are planning on taking a tour during a long layover (DMZ is closed that day unfortunately) and the places we are going is nowhere near the chabad. they said they can put food in a taxi and have it delivered somewhere, but have no idea where to have it delivered.
Tour guide picks us up at 10am (arrive 930am) and drops us back at ICN at 230pm (4pm flight)
Anyone have any ideas on where chabad can have a taxi deliver us food? We are stopping at multiple locations in the Incheon area and wont be anywhere for a long period of time.

ETA: i think ill have them deliver to the Hyatt at ICN. They offer a shower service for Korean air first class pax and we can kill 2 birds with one stone.

With that said, if i have a 4pm flight KE F, what time should we be back at ICN? Wont have any bags to check. just need to clear security and dont plan to visit any lounge.
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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #82 on: March 08, 2017, 01:41:02 PM »


Apparently the chabad has a restaurant open from 10am to 10pm.
anyone been there?

Yes. It's in the Chabad house dining room. Set up like a restaurant and like all chabad houses the hosts are extremely warm and sweet. Can get awkward for some if eating in. They don't get very many visitors.

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #83 on: March 08, 2017, 01:42:10 PM »
Yes. It's in the Chabad house dining room. Set up like a restaurant and like all chabad houses the hosts are extremely warm and sweet. Can get awkward for some if eating in. They don't get very many visitors.

Thanks. I think we will order food from them and have it delivered.
Any suggestions on what time to arrive back at ICN for a 4pm KE F flight without luggage?

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #84 on: March 08, 2017, 01:46:50 PM »
Thanks. I think we will order food from them and have it delivered.
Any suggestions on what time to arrive back at ICN for a 4pm KE F flight without luggage?
I don't remember how the check-in experience was but I usually arrive 1 1/2 before with luggage and a child and don't recall being rushed.

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #85 on: March 08, 2017, 01:49:16 PM »
I don't remember how the check-in experience was but I usually arrive 1 1/2 before with luggage and a child and don't recall being rushed.
thanks

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #86 on: March 08, 2017, 02:14:34 PM »
I don't remember how the check-in experience was but I usually arrive 1 1/2 before with luggage and a child and don't recall being rushed.
Sounds about right. ICN is an efficient airport.

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #87 on: August 24, 2018, 07:23:45 AM »
South Korea to shut down Incheon Airport high-speed rail - https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/South-Korea-to-shut-down-Incheon-Airport-high-speed-rail

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Re: South Korea Master Thread
« Reply #88 on: August 24, 2018, 09:06:11 AM »
South Korea to shut down Incheon Airport high-speed rail - https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/South-Korea-to-shut-down-Incheon-Airport-high-speed-rail

Classic example of a country building useless things only for the Olympics.