I was a bit taken aback by that as being a mistake, until I tried to plan a route on Google maps. I have never seenbefore!
I'm still trying to figure this one out. Are all the roads near the station arterial roads with no footpaths between the train station and the hotel?
When I saw the above I thought that cannot be correct as I have walked from the station to The Plaza and was able to cross the road. I used the maps on my phone but they got confused several times. I cannot remember if I was using Google Maps or the iPhone Maps. after the first day I gave up and only used the maps function to get the general idea of where I had to get to. I found the subway pretty easy to navigate.Google maps doesn't work in Korea. There are plenty of very safe crossings and paths around the station but it's a google problem.
I'm surprised the US base would have non-english speaking guards.The biggest issue I ran into was trying to get to the War Memorial of Korea, the map function could not work out the correct street to enter from and insisted the entry was via the US Armed Forces Base? next to the War Memorial. Lets just say the non Korean speaking tourist quickly became aware that the Non English speaking security guards made it perfectly clear I was in the wrong place and not welcome.
In a similar vein, Mr Seat 0A and I were in Japan in January 2020 and had award seats home via Shanghai in Feb 2020, that we were very excited about. We have never been to China and were really looking forward to it a lot. That quickly got cancelled as Qantas/JAL worked overtime to get us home to Australia without having to go via China once the COVID situation became clear that it was not just some weird local flu thing, but rather the start of a pandemic.Ironically I was thinking China would be fun (I'd only been to Beijing/Xian before) but ruled it out due to transit visa issues which was a good idea as COVID seemed to be floating around in China back then (a few weeks later and it would have been a bigger issue).
The next day the diamond princess was in town which brought a lot of tourists and I even got a photo of it, taken exactly a month before they had COVID onboard: View attachment 244951
I'd argue it'd be a mistake to book right now (as in tying up points in a booking that may not happen). At this stage, I'm only booking domestic and Trans-Tasman and only 2-3 months ahead. I know people booking cash fares overseas around Christmas and at this stage, I think they're just giving the airline an interest free loan or better still turning their cash into vouchers.I have started to plan for travel in 2022 and now have 4 separate itineraries and one more to come to the same main location the US and CA in the hope 1 will stick.
I have attached a map that may explain my google experience.I'm surprised the US base would have non-english speaking guards.
I have attached a map that may explain my google experience.
View attachment 244957
1. I suspect this is the main entrance but never got to that location.
2. This was the road I was looking for from Google Maps and in this area is the bus parking area
3. The main entrance to the War Memorial of Korea
4. There is another road next to the War Memorial back entrance that as it turns out Google thinks is the correct entrance to use and suspect got confused. I suspect this is a back entrance to the base and not normally used.
5. The direction of the subway station I arrived at and returned to.
I am ex military so understand what happens when one gets into a potential altercation with security be it military or contracted guards and why I left without fuss. When I did find the correct entrance, the bus area, I was fortunate that a bus driver that suspected I was looking for the main entrance and pointed me in the right direction.
You know what, you're right, it is a base. The lack of a flag made it seem like it wasn't.@AisleSeat I am assuming that image is what I thought was the main entrance. I had not thought of the street view to post. There was a chap in the in that green sheed and after explaining what I was looking for he pointed up towards the other security office. I had a 50/50 chance of being correct but was not. The street on the right with black building led to the War Memorial car park. The main entrance is on another street, I worked that much out on leaving.
While trying to communicate with the guard the only words I recall understanding were US military and that is when I left, I assumed it was a military base. View attachment 245025
I am happy to take the punt and tie up my points as reward space is wide open and with the current QF offer you can add, remove, change or cancel through to 28 Feb 22 without the points penalty. This offer effectively allows you to make and change booking to around mid Feb 23. My approach may seem flippant however I have points balance that allows me to tie up 2M+ QFF points in speculative bookings and not be concerned. As we get closer to the Sep/Oct period and depending how the vaccine roll out is going and opening up of countries I may just cancel a couple of these itineraries and start again for the Sep/Oct 22 school holidays. I do not use points at the store, domestic rewards/ upgrades so locking in speculative international travel has no impact on how I would use the points. I will also be making similar speculative bookings with SQ as these points will expire, this is family travel so who ends up on which airline is agreed at the time of booking and is subject to change as bookings change.I'd argue it'd be a mistake to book right now (as in tying up points in a booking that may not happen).