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Old 07-29-2010, 06:37 AM
 
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Going to visit my soldier for Christmas. She is stationed at Camp Humphrey's.

What are some lodging options on post? Also, she said before she at a Chili's on an air force base nearby....
What are some nearby bases? I might can find lodging there.

Thanks!
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:05 AM
 
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Going to visit my soldier for Christmas. She is stationed at Camp Humphrey's.

What are some lodging options on post? Also, she said before she at a Chili's on an air force base nearby....
What are some nearby bases? I might can find lodging there.

Thanks!
Camp Humphreys has a Army lodging facility which is pretty new but fills up quickly.

Osan is the nearby Air Force base; they have more lodging options there.

Entering onto bases in Korea is more difficult then state side. The last time (2008) I was TDY to Humphreys I was turned away from the main gate with an active duty Army ID. I had to produce country clearance paperwork to prove I had military business there before they let me on base.

Your daughter will have to do some leg work to arrange for your trip; I would recommend she speak to her 1st Sergeant.
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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There are things that she needs to do before you even get to Korea.

Now, this is for if you want to get on base. Please also note that Osan airbase in 9 miles from Camp Humphreys....HOWEVER,the following paperwork will not give you access to any AirForce base...Army only...can you get through the gate at an AirForce base....maybe...but after trying 2 times....I just gave up...

When I was stationed in Korea 2005 - 2009...my wife had her mother visit for a month 2 separate times...You must start now...just in case something goes wrong down the road.

She will have to go to the one stop building on Camp Humphreys and go to the ID section, and ask for paperwork for on-post visitation request...you will have to give your passport number/ SSN and a lot of other things....this paperwork must be turned in and APPROVED prior to you going on any Army base....when Approved, she will escort you to the ID card section and you will get a picture ID made for your visit....this will allow you to get on base at Youngsan and Humphreys ONLY....and don't forget to turn the ID in....

You only have to do the above if you want to get on base...

There are hotels in the Humphreys Ville....straight out the drive through gate 1/2 mile on the right is where a lot of people stay...this is the best one...I believe it is called the Hamiliton (SP)

Other things to consider, how are you going to get from the Airport to Humphreys?....it's 2 hours..on a good day and I drove....

Any other questions....let me know...
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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Thanks for the information, my teenage daughter and I have current Military ID cards, am retired.
But my oldest daughter, the one on active duty- she must do some paperwork before we come so we can get through the gate?

So glad I posted the question here! Had no clue!

My daughter says there is a great bus system over that way...that it makes circles up and down. That it takes about an hour - maybe she said two- or so from Seoul to get to base.
But we had planned on just using the bus.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:36 PM
 
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Thanks for the information, my teenage daughter and I have current Military ID cards, am retired.
But my oldest daughter, the one on active duty- she must do some paperwork before we come so we can get through the gate?

So glad I posted the question here! Had no clue!

My daughter says there is a great bus system over that way...that it makes circles up and down. That it takes about an hour - maybe she said two- or so from Seoul to get to base.
But we had planned on just using the bus.
The paperwork has to be approved by a fairly hi ranking person...I believe background checks are also done...that is why you need to start the paperwork now...

As Balad1 said...does not matter if you have a current ID or not...you will not be in Korea's BIDS system to get on post....every post you go on they will scan your ID card....If it's not in the Korea wide BIDS system...to bad....and remember, you will not be able to get on the AF bases

Bus is great...the on post bus will take about 1 1/2 hours to go from Humphreys to Youngsan...

The off post bus is a little different...and a few bus changes before Seoul...I would recommend the subway if you want to go back and forth...

If you need more specifics....PM me, I still have friends at Humphreys....

Go to Official United States Forces Korea Web Site for more info
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:36 AM
 
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Gate entrance/access to US military installations in Korea

All visiting personnel active duty and retired, DoD civilians can gain access to the installations by showing their DoD identification cards.
If the visiting personnel active duty and retired, DoD civilians want to invite/escort non-DoD personnel onto a US military installation in Korea, it is a requirement to be registered in the US military installations’ Biometrics Identification Detection System, referred to as BIDS Installation Access System.
FYI, for Yongsan Army Installation, non-DOD personnel are permitted to remain on post up to 24 hours. Once the visiting personnel active duty and retired, DoD civilians are registered in BIDS they can sign on non-DOD personnel. They must meet the non-DOD personnel at the installation gate and the guest must return to the registered gate prior to the 24-hour time frame. At that time, the guest will have to be registered "off the installation" and can be re-registered "on the installation" for an additional 24 hours. This procedure must be done each day during your stay in the hotel.


So glad I came to city-data! This information came from Army MWR Armed Forces Recreation Center, Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul. I've written my daughter and let her know about BIDS- to make sure we are in it and to get clearance for us to visit.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:13 PM
 
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UPDATE:

I've booked our plane tickets for vacation over New Years Eve, staying at the Dragon Hill Lodge...even on New Years Eve.

My soldier has the paperwork and is submitting it this week for 'passes'...is what she's calling it. They are good for only 4 days and are supposed to allow us to pass through the gate to be able to stay at the Dragon Hill.

We don't need PX privledges because my daughter can shop there. But can we 'go in' with her? Or do they check your id at the door?

This will be our only time to visit Korea ...ever. What are some really MUST SEE things to do? We will be there Dec 28-Jan 1 so it's not a long time.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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Glad you get get on base....

4 days is not a lot...you will have jet lag from heck...the flight alone will be anywhere from 12 - 15 hours...then 1 - 2 hours on the bus to Seoul..

Suggest that you take some sleeping pills and get a good night sleep on hte plane..

Seoul Tower is a great little place to go, over looks Seoul amazing at night. Take a lock or a pair of locks write your name on them and you can attach them to the tower fence, it's kind of a love thing that Koreans do...we did...just a memory thing.

Namdaemun (Nam-da-mune, is the way we said it and the taxi guy will understand), is a huge shopping district, from the Dragon, catch a taxi out side and just tell them Namdaemun. They will take you to the south gate (i believe it is gate 10 for namdaemun. Lots of shopping, have fun, just kep your bearing, approx. 10 acres of nothing but shopping, out side shops inside shops..name it, its there. You will never experience anything like it, shopping anyway...never give the price they want..NEVER!!!!

Itaewon (E-ta-won) again catch a cab and tell them...it is another shopping district, but you have out back steak house and things like that, McDonalds...KFC, Hard Rock Cafe is there also.

Honestly, that area of Seoul is tourist oriented so shop, shop, and shop...

But by the time you do those things, your days will be almost over in Korea.

They do check ID's when you go in the PX..so...you may not be able to make it in, it may have changed?

Bring your Coat, it will be FREEZING during that time, and hope it does not snow....

Let us know how it goes...
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:53 PM
 
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Dragon Hill Lodge is a very nice place; you do realize it is at Yongsan Military Base (Seoul) and not Camp Humphrey, right?

Dragon Hill Lodge

When I have been to Yongsan PX they did check IDs at the door but I would think your daughter could sign you in as a guest.

At the Dragon Hill they have a tour desk that arranges tours to different locations in Seoul and Korea. I also took a tour arranged with the local USO to the DMZ; that was very interesting.

Shopping is big in the local area, PX annex (local vendors) and even some of the shops at the Dragon Hill. I used to also travel to Osan and shop in the town itself outside the gate. There are all kinds of knock off handbags and other designer stuff in the shops.
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:05 AM
 
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Your daughter can sign you in as a guest to the PX. Anything that is bought would most likely need to be bought by her. I remember having to show my ID when I purchased items but that has been nearly 10 yrs ago.
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