NAIA to Incheon Airport to Downtown Seoul
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We spent most of the flight chatting with a Korean lady teacher, ecstatic from a holiday in Boracay. On my small notebook, she wrote down for me in Hangeul: “Please give us 3 Gyo tong (pass cards)”. The stored value subway tickets cost 5,000 won each. There were many Korean holiday-makers on the flight so just before we landed at Incheon Airport, I witnessed a remarkable transformation: the straw hats and sandals came off, coats and high heels (for the women) were fetched from overhead storage bins and the ladies put on bold red or pink lipstick on bare lips -- my first glimpse of a culture that highly valued outward appearance.
On the way to our hotel we chatted with our guide about our favorite Korean actors. Who’s the cutest, we asked. Won Bin won hands down. Bae Yong-joon of Winter Sonata was too Korean-looking, she said, miming a full face. Most of her friends favored plastic surgery, but she didn’t for religious reasons.
Our guide’s uniquely Korean childhood experience: hiding under a school desk during bomb drills. We were reminded that the DMZ (demilitarized zone) that bordered North and
We arrived in the evening with just an impression of