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Korea Incheon Seoul Daegu Bullet Train

7 March 2015

The hilarious hotel room

From Incheon to Daegu on KTX

Welcome to Daegu.
To get to Daegu was a number of trains, of which I took a number of photos, many of which will look the same, so I will explain that briefly in boring detail in each photo.
I will however talk about the American couple behind me on the train.
They were probably in their late 50's, and reading a magazine together, loudly. Like perhaps he was hard of hearing.
Anyway, I was then treated to a 117 minute description (the exact time it takes to go from Seoul to Daegu) of how the lady needs to take a hair straightener and a hair curler with her everywhere.
She described to her husband in great detail that whilst her hair is naturally curly, its the wrong kind of curly, so to get the right kind of curls, every morning she first has to straighten it completely, then curl it.
This caused quite a bit of debate, the husband thought perhaps the straightener wasnt needed, as the curler would remove the wrong curlation and apply the new curlation (word he used) when it was used.
He offered up to his wife that he was an engineer, and he would know more about how these darn things work than she would. To which she responded, but you dont know about hair, cause you have none.
It would seem that in however many years of marriage that the guy didnt know what she got up to each morning, until they shared a hotel room, and now hes hoping for death.

Now onto my hotel room!
This is the most hilarious hotel room I have ever stayed in.
It has multiple kinds of wallpaper, a full PC with monitor, a VHS VCR, DVD player, blur ray player, 2 set top boxes, a water dispenser, an air purifier, a giant floor fan, computer speakers glued to the wall, no window, and various bottles of lotion and aftershave strategically placed around the room.
Checking in was hilarious, first I had to find the actual check in floor, theres no English, eventually I found a hole in the wall, and a very old lady through the hole.
I think she may have been filling in, as she seemed very panicked that I wanted to check in, absolutely no English, not even numbers.
I tried talking to her in Chinese, which she recognised as Chinese, but that seemed to anger her, perhaps she remembers the war.
She then tried to call various people on the phone, an old rotary dial phone, and after 9 tries, got someone on the line.
The thing is, I saw my reservation on a clipboard, with my name and details, in Korean, and I pointed at it through the hole, but she wanted to make sure I guess.
Eventually we came to an agreement that I could check in, she then chases me to the lift with bottles of water. I have no idea how she got out of her cage behind the hole as I saw no door!
So I find my room, turn on the tv and am greeted by Korean porn. About 100 channels of it.
It would seem the set top box I have gets just about every tv channel in the world, I still didnt scroll through them all but have found some news in English to keep me company.
I expect to get door knocked in this hotel at some point, and since the old lady at reception has no English, I doubt I can go tell her I dont want company.
They will have to knock loud though! My room has multiple doors to gain entry, each with chains, and the fridge in here sounds like a 2 stroke lawn mower.

Dont think for a moment I dont appreciate the situation, I love it. All for just $40 a night.

Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - This is the first station, its actually a station on the airport train line. Nothing special.

This is the first station, its actually a station on the airport train line. Nothing special.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - Normally dogs hate me. This one wedged between this girls excuse for bosom seems to like me a lot. He seemed very happy down her shirt.

Normally dogs hate me. This one wedged between this girls excuse for bosom seems to like me a lot. He seemed very happy down her shirt.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - This is the mighty Han river. I think it comes from North Korea, where they have a dam just over the border rigged with explosives that would wash awa

This is the mighty Han river. I think it comes from North Korea, where they have a dam just over the border rigged with explosives that would wash away half of Seoul in one go.
Except I think maybe Seoul caught onto that plan and has built various dams on their side to contain the raging torrent should it occur.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - And this is the KTX bullet train station. Very modern.

And this is the KTX bullet train station. Very modern.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - Overlooking the tracks...pretty boring but I was requested to provide train pictures, so I delivered.

Overlooking the tracks...pretty boring but I was requested to provide train pictures, so I delivered.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - The outside of the KTX bullet train....

The outside of the KTX bullet train....


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - Inside the bullet train. Quite dated. However they have 3 different carts going up and down all the time, free wifi (like everywhere), vending machine

Inside the bullet train. Quite dated. However they have 3 different carts going up and down all the time, free wifi (like everywhere), vending machines, good toilets.
I think it only went about 250kmph, but South Korea is small, it doesnt need to go faster.
Spent most of the time in tunnels. I think of all the bullet trains, China is still the best. Taiwans one line is awesome, but its just one line.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - Dongdaegu station. About 3 subway stops from central Daegu where I am staying. I was a bit early to check in so I walked it, with my suitcase, which w

Dongdaegu station. About 3 subway stops from central Daegu where I am staying. I was a bit early to check in so I walked it, with my suitcase, which was pleasant.
Thats enough train pictures for today!


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - A river running through Daegu. Very clean. Quite a few people exercising. This is a quiet part of town though, where I am staying is chaotic closed of

A river running through Daegu. Very clean. Quite a few people exercising. This is a quiet part of town though, where I am staying is chaotic closed off pedestrian only streets.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - My hotel is basically attached to this station. But on the other side. This means I have to find a way to the other side, with my suitcase, and many,

My hotel is basically attached to this station. But on the other side.
This means I have to find a way to the other side, with my suitcase, and many, many, many stairs. I made 3 attempts before succesfully find a way to the other side!
What is it about asian train stations and preventing you from crossing to the other side? Is it some sort of class divide, am I now on the wrong side of the tracks?


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - Hotel photo number 1. Note the awesome wallpaper. The bed is a board with a thin layer of granite on it for padding. Those windows open to a wall. As

Hotel photo number 1. Note the awesome wallpaper. The bed is a board with a thin layer of granite on it for padding.
Those windows open to a wall. As in, the actual wall in my room.
The wallpaper with trees and the fake window is to give the illusion that you can see outside.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - Some more kinds of wallpaper, various electronic devices. I have succesfully got behind the desk to find the network cable to use with my laptop. I di

Some more kinds of wallpaper, various electronic devices.
I have succesfully got behind the desk to find the network cable to use with my laptop.
I did turn the in room PC on, but it booted to a desktop of animated gifs, mostly semi naked girls and phone numbers.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - Im amazed this is in my room. With the high prevalance of fan death in Korea, surely its too risky to allow them in a hotel room? Google fan death if

Im amazed this is in my room. With the high prevalance of fan death in Korea, surely its too risky to allow them in a hotel room?
Google fan death if you dont know what it is.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - Bathroom photo number 1. Some sort of space age shower with maroon fixtures, no shower curtain so the entire floor will surely flood. Also its a spa b

Bathroom photo number 1. Some sort of space age shower with maroon fixtures, no shower curtain so the entire floor will surely flood. Also its a spa bath.
I especially like the half used tube of toothpaste kindly provided.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - Bathroom photo number 2. This toilet has a rotary dial for various settings, use at your peril. The description of what the settings do has worn off.

Bathroom photo number 2. This toilet has a rotary dial for various settings, use at your peril. The description of what the settings do has worn off.
Also, that thing on the wall is the toilet paper dispenser.

Interestingly, there is a car park for hotel guests, which currently contains a Lamborghini. So either this is a great hotel, or the local pimp is here to collect.


Korea-Incheon-Seoul-Daegu-Bullet Train - I was starving, the nearest food was the usual, I wanted something close so I could hurry back to look at my cool photos and upload them!

I was starving, the nearest food was the usual, I wanted something close so I could hurry back to look at my cool photos and upload them!


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