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Old Nov 16, 12, 12:10 pm
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i Preface
This wikipost (and thread) exist because BA introduced a new route in Dec. 2012 from London Heathrow (LHR) Terminal 5 (T5) to Incheon International Airport (ICN), Seoul, Korea. This wikipost links to the latest, most relevant information we have collected for FTers flying or considering this route. The extensive nature of the thread is due to 80 FTers having taken up the special fare conditions during the first month.

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Date our next group is underway:





Our first few groups have now made their way across to Seoul, hopefully after enjoying some of this on the flight:


(admittedly not Dom but you get the idea)


ii Contents
01 The original post along with the fare conditions during the sale
02 The 80 FTers that are "launching this route"
03 The lounge and Enroute DO's in Dec 2012
04 The Dates People are Meeting in Seoul
05 The Route Details (aircraft type, cabins fitted, timings)
06 Information for those not familiar with BA or Heathrow
07 Making of an FT legend 80 fliers little bit of crazy whole lot of Seoul Trip Report
08 Publicity of this event
09 Returning to the UK (ICN airport info)
10 Hotels FTers have chosen and recommendations
11Things to do in Seoul
12 An Example itinerary for the overnighters
13 Food / Drink in Seoul
14 Transport while in Seoul
15 Weather
16 Links to FT Trip Reports and other sources of info
17 Language
18 Cultural Points
19 Money Matters (VAT, TIps, Cash or Card, ATMs)
20 Shopping
21 Health / Insurance
22 Electricity / Time
23 Legal Points to consider
24 Disabled/Gay/Smokers/Women travellers/Safety and Security
25 Internet / (mobile) Phones / Apps
26 Hazards (we may not be aware of)
27 The city never sleeps (opening times, holidays)
28 Police / Fighting / Taekwando
29 Public Toilets
30 Current offers (any sales we know of)
31 Following the launch antics via twitter
32 Archived Info (to keep the first post relevant)
iii Acknowledgments
This thread (guide) is an ongoing collaborative effort and could not have been produced without everyone here first being informed about the new route and incredible sale conditions by BApilotinsider, who started this thread originally, the resultant large interest from the FT community, and finally the kind contributions of many throughout this thread, with a special nod to itsmeitisss and UTA_flyinghigh. We hope it is of use not only to those going during the introductory month but also evolves later on when the route is mature.
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Special Seoul launch offer | BA Board excursion

Old Nov 30, 12, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by CreativeBill View Post
I wouldn't recommend 2E/2F as you might come under fire from the peanuts I'll be throwing at nh1980 to amuse myself from 2A
The battle lines have been drawn!
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Old Nov 30, 12, 12:06 pm
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Originally Posted by CreativeBill View Post
I wouldn't recommend 2E/2F as you might come under fire from the peanuts I'll be throwing at nh1980 to amuse myself from 2A
I am not alergic to peanuts and so would be happy to oblige any upgrade requirement.
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Old Nov 30, 12, 12:11 pm
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Okay, it is short and sweet but has good website links to check out for several hours...

The food and drink post is now posted....use the wikipost link at the top of any page or just go to post # 2.

Many thanks to PETER01 for helping me by doing this post content and research. I owe you a drink my friend ^ .

So, only leaves what to do while in Seoul...I will work on that and get it online asap.

Cheers.

T8191...just think of Seoul as a stop over point for future forays into warmer climes in the far East...and of course you need to check that out to be sure it would be a good location for a stop over...so a day or three there to explore the HOT food (both fresh and warm as well as spicy) and the DMZ for historical purposes...think about how nice a steam bath or sauna experience will be with cool temperatures instead of warm around you...plus the therapy here is supposed to be very good...and inexpensive.

Shopping...

Crisp, cool clean air to take great pictures most days that make you feel alive and not the dark and grey hell that is the UK in Winter...

Need I go on...

Plus...my coup de grace....what if BA does do something special and provide something either memorable that is a one off or even a nice voucher as thanks for another trip...as appreciation for going on the new route during the launch month...I will immediately say that nothing like this has even been whispered in my direction...I am simply wishing...BUT....

Anyway, if that is not enough...she doesn't want to go...BASTA. Ask if you can go it Hans Solo....
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Old Nov 30, 12, 12:15 pm
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She is unanimous
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Old Nov 30, 12, 12:27 pm
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She is unanimous
What? What? Stop being so obtuse... Does that mean you are coming? Because, you know, if you are that means the two of you will put us into the hallowed figure of 77 travellers!
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Old Nov 30, 12, 12:33 pm
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Hi all,

This is my current schedule for Seoul:
05DEC
- sightseeing during the day, probably to include Seoul Tower and central area
- Sting concert at night
- 1 night at Conrad

06DEC
- more sightseeing inthe morning/early afternoon. Interested in food tours or anything else fun and/or interesting in Seoul
- shopping in Seoul in afternoon.
- no plans yet, but intention to check out a club there. Can move this to 7th, if others want to join or have better suggestions
- staying at IC Parnas.

07DEC
- DMZ + 3rd tunnel tour, until 16hrs. It is booked already, it is in English and starts at 08:00. We booked here: http://www.koreadmztour.com/en/program/?p_url=program_2
- if weather is not a killer, will join Papabear for some night photography with a tripod. Will probably mix this with some hot tea or other soul-warming drinks
- staying at IC Parnas.

If anybody wants to meet, please send PM.
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Old Nov 30, 12, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by CreativeBill View Post
What? What? Stop being so obtuse... Does that mean you are coming? Because, you know, if you are that means the two of you will put us into the hallowed figure of 77 travellers!
Nooooooooo - as in noooooooo. It would be a great giggle, but there's been a few large pelicans (aka enormous bills) recently that make burning a further several k not very sensible. I know, I'm old and boring. Sorry
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Old Nov 30, 12, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by CAlex View Post
Hi all,

This is my current schedule for Seoul:

<snip>

If anybody wants to meet, please send PM.
I've taken the liberty to put this info into the post linked in 04 The dates people are meeting in Seoul.

Trust that is okay...
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Old Nov 30, 12, 2:03 pm
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And the irony of ironies. I have a regular client in Seoul, and I sent him the price quote for the 777 offer saying: If you are thinking of having me back in December look at this deal!". I have had contact today asking if I can be in Seoul for the 10th. I'm in Denmark at the moment will have to see if there are any deals ex EU. I'm due to fly back to LHR on 10th, and they would have to wait another day for me, as I'm committed til then. GGGRRRR Will probably mean I'm doing the shuffle through HEL
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Old Nov 30, 12, 2:23 pm
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Many thanks to PETER01 for helping me by doing this post content and research. I owe you a drink my friend ^ .
No, no I was thinking the complete opposite! I think everyone is due you a lot of gratitude for organising this and puting it all together. ^^

Also to CreativeBill on her wonderful start to her TR. ^^

Now I just heard that there might be a change of aircraft type (747 High J) due to the amount of seats they are selling in CW for the 7th and possibly the 9th.......mmmm... Upper deck....mmm....only 20 seats up there......
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Old Nov 30, 12, 2:28 pm
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Nooooooooo - as in noooooooo. It would be a great giggle, but there's been a few large pelicans (aka enormous bills) recently that make burning a further several k not very sensible. I know, I'm old and boring. Sorry
Harumph.
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Old Nov 30, 12, 2:31 pm
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Now I just heard that there might be a change of aircraft type (747 High J) due to the amount of seats they are selling in CW for the 7th and possibly the 9th.......mmmm... Upper deck....mmm....only 20 seats up there......
Maybe they are just trying to contain the FT CW rabble to protect the innocent.
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Old Nov 30, 12, 2:34 pm
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Maybe they are just trying to contain the FT CW rabble to protect the innocent.
Oh I'm sure everyone will be on their best behaviour and not drinking too much..............well for the first hour anyhow
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Old Nov 30, 12, 2:47 pm
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Special Seoul launch offer | BA Board excursion

You stirring PETER01?

I prefer the 747 but don't want to chance paying for an upgrade or using avios to get old first...

Wouldn't fuel be an issue over a 777?
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Old Nov 30, 12, 2:54 pm
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You stirring PETER01?

I prefer the 747 but don't want to chance paying for an upgrade or using avios to get old first...

Wouldn't fuel be an issue over a 777?
Def not stirring, I just don't do that. All High J's have New First and no problems re fuel. The SIN-LHR is even longer than our flight back home.
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