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Seoul, Hong Kong and Bangkok

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Still playing catch up on trip reports this one is Seoul, Hong Kong and Bangkok, quite a generic report and one of the first attempts of just using photos I have taken, i.e not just using MrsM photos so there may be a few gaps. The trip was a booked about 10 months out on redemption tickets. We were not sure if we would actually take the trip as we had a bigger trip planed for a few months later and were happy to cancel the tickets if required. In the end there was a few itchy feet in the family, as they put it “we have not been anywhere in a while” so off we went.

Initially it was just Seoul and Hong Kong then Bangkok got thrown into the mix. A bit of time in Seoul and Hong Kong was cut back to accommodate the changes and we were not fussed as we were going back to Hong Kong a few months later. In hindsight we should have suck with a longer time frame in Seoul and dropped out Hong Kong all together.

First important place to visit was the lounge. When flying SQ and if possible I prefer to fly out of SYD. I am off to a good start and remembered to take some photos.
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Chicken Satay and peanut sauce
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Duck pancakes
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After leaving SIN we boarded a 777 to ICN in F but less than 1 day into travel I have already forgotten to take photos of that flight. That been said I had been well watered with Dom so sleep was a higher priority. I personally like the SQ 777 F as I find the product quite good and with wide seats are good for sleeping.

Arrival at ICN is painless, took the train to the city.
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No need to carry luggage up the stairs, just put them on the conveyer.
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Walking to the hotel.
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We stayed at the The Plaza Seoul which seemed like it was close to most things. I always like it when free stuff is waiting in the room.
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Leaving the Palace, just a few more pics, then wandered through different areas on the way back to the hotel.

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I am not sure what this sculpture is about. My take " your head is so far up the boss's ass" and the chap in white, the CEO, who knows. ;) :oops:
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Insadong area.
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Cheonggyecheon Stream
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Walked up the Mount Namsan to the N Seoul Tower. It seemed like a good idea at the time but half way up maybe the cable car would have been a better option. I am not as young or fit as I still think I am.

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The view as we wandered up
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A bit higher up
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Still more to go and on the other side of the wall it is very steep
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At the top, well almost. and there are love locks everywhere
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Bukchon Hanok Village is a great place to see traditional housing, there are also a signs up reminding you that you are in a residential area so keep the noise down and not to go into houses.

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Other random photos.

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Bell pavilion
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From the original wall and gates I was surprised how much remains in place and you can walk along it however some parts are steep.
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It was also nice to see the traditional dress and it seems to be worn frequently
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