South Korea

South Korea Customs Experience

Customs And A Non-Stop Train Ride

Korea Customs Declarations

I’m offered a wheelchair and service to the baggage check by the stewardess, which I shyly declined.  A part of me wanted to take her up on the free offer.  I could be the first person off the plane and I could have someone help with my luggage.  It’s funny how once I landed I was completely okay.  

I think my adrenaline kicked in and I was now more excited about being in Seoul rather than what could go wrong.  The doctor checked me one last time as I strolled to the women’s bathroom.  She wanted to double-check that I was okay.  After assuring her that I was okay I went to an empty sink and tried to wash away the fourteen-hour plane ride.  

I went through the process of customs and baggage check fairly easy and made my way to the KTX train that would take me to Seoul Station.


Korea Train Express

I was happy to discover that underneath all of the Airport directional signs written in Hangul there is an English translation.  I found my way to the correct kiosk and I handed over my credit card to the cashier at the counter and I paid about seven dollars for a one way non-stop ticket to Seoul station.  After I arrived at Incheon airport I had planned to go to the ATM and by a Tmoney card, but after my plane ride I simplified my goals and put into priority what could I do today and what could wait for tomorrow.

Train Ride

It would take thirty minutes to arrive at Seoul Station.  I made sure I picked a window seat as this would be the first time I would be able to see the Seoul landscape.  I couldn’t believe that I was in another country.  This was my first time traveling to another country by myself.  Looking back on my twitter timeline I realized that less than a year earlier I had sent an anonymous tweet out into the world that I wanted a ticket to Seoul, South Korea.  

I watched the landscape flying by and I could see there were people walking to bus stations headed for unknown destinations ready to start their workday.  It was early in the morning, the sun was rising and it was my first day in Seoul.  I decided to take out my phone and snap this picture.  Y.O.L.O. 🌞 

If you want to continue reading about my life in Seoul, South Korea check out the next post on my first shopping experience in Myeongdong Shopping District.

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