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Busan 31 Dec 14- 8 Jan 15
A spontaneous trip booked to visit our DD who has a 6 month gig at the Park Hyatt hotel in Busan.
Our flight left Nelson New Zealand on New Years Eve, 6.40am which meant we had to be at the airport by 6.15am. An early 5am start for us. Thankfully our bags were checked all the way through to Busan. We flew Air NZ to Auckland and Korean Air to Busan via Seoul.
We left Auckland at 10am arriving at Incheon in Seoul at 5pm, and then left for Busan at 7.35pm arriving at Gimhae (Busan airport) at 8.40pm, (12.40am NZ time).
The flight to Seoul was packed, the plane was a 747. We sat in a middle row, aisle seat and the one next to it, so we wouldn’t have to clamber over other people to go to the restrooms. We didn’t have much leg-room at all, and couldn’t get comfortable enough to sleep, so dozed most of the way. I couldn’t wait for the flight to be over. Unlike Air NZ which keeps their planes on the cooler side, this one was very hot. I was totally over-dressed.
I did love the service on Korean Air. The flight attendants were very attentive and polite. The food choices were good, one Korean option and two Western choices. My DH tried the Bi Bim Bab. He ate it but didn’t order it again on the return flight. I think it is an acquired taste. I didn’t try it at all but the beef meal I had was nice.
We didn’t have to change terminals at Incheon, but had to make our way to the transit area to catch the next plane. We didn’t go through immigration until we got to Busan. We were given instructions to follow on how to get to the transit lounge and go through security, however in my view there should have been several additional steps. One of which should have told us we actually needed to catch a train to the other terminal. The instructions that were given made it sound like you got off the international flight walked for a few minutes until you got to the transit lounge. In reality you walked for at least 15 minutes with me saying we are doing this wrong, we should be there by now!!!. In any event if you follow the signs you eventually get there. They also make it clear that if you go through Immigration there, then you cannot catch the flight from the transit area, so I knew we shouldn’t go through Immigration.
The flight from Incheon to Gimhae was very quick. This was on a 737 and seemed to have a lot more leg room than the 747. We were met at Gimhae by my DD’s friends who volunteered to come and pick us up and take us to see DD who was already playing for New Years Eve at the Hyatt. This saved us having to take a taxi or airport bus to get to our accommodation and then find our way to the Park Hyatt.
I had spend several weeks trying to find an apartment on AirBNB (we couldn’t afford to stay at the Park Hyatt!!). I managed to find one that proved to be no more than 5 minutes walking distance from the hotel which proved invaluable when we were walking home after the gigs most night. https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/1271661. Even when it was really cold we knew we would be home very soon. It was advertised as luxurious which it wasn’t, the couch actually had a tear in it, the rug had dirty marks, but it was comfortable and perfect location for us. Also grocery store downstairs, an Italian restaurant in the same building, Korean BBQ over the road and an Indian restaurant close by.
DD’s friends (now our friends) dropped us off at the apartment, it was nearly 10pm. We did a quick change of clothes and then they drove us to the hotel. When we got there the Living Room Bar was packed so we couldn’t even get in to see DD playing. Eventually a lovely Korean couple asked us to join them, they come to see DD play at least once a week. They were very generous to us. Our friends unfortunately couldn’t get in, but waited for us in the dining area until we wanted to go home. We were extremely tired by now so only stayed until 11.15pm. We did have intentions of staying until midnight but wasn’t fair to have DD’s friends hanging around waiting for us. We had a great sleep and all set to go sight-seeing the next day.
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