Korea Travel: Seoul Subway System
Seoul's subway system is one of the most extensive metro systems in the world: 12 lines, over 200 stations and thousands of kilometers of track. And the system is still expanding!
Seoul's metro is cheap, clean, efficient, frequent and safe.
The Seoul subway system runs both underground (around 70%) and overground and connects central Seoul with both Suwon and Incheon. Line 1 runs more than 100km from Soyosan in the north to Cheonan to the south of the capital.
Seoul Subway connects with KTX trains to Busan, Daejeon, Daegu, Gwangju and Mokpo at Seoul Station and Yongsan Station. The lines are run by three different organizations: Korail, Seoul Metro and Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation. Integration is seamless and fares are low - presently 1000 won for a journey less than 10km (6 miles). Tickets can be purchased from machines or at the station counter. Rechargeable T-money, KB Free Pass or Upass travel cards cut costs even further if you are staying at least for a few days. Trains run approximately from 5.30am to 12.30pm. Check with your station for the times of your last train.
Each metro line is color-coded and announcements are made in both Korean and English; some station signs are also written in Chinese. Check the final destination of your train on the maps posted on each platform to find which train to ride.
The Seoul subway system is invariably crowded (don't expect a seat), especially during the daily rush hours. Over 2 million people use the system each day and look forward to the odd hawker or sightless busker in your carriage occasionally.
As in Japan, many Seoul subway stations are connected to underground shopping malls and some stations have ATM machines, tourist information offices (as at Itaewon) and platform newspaper and snack kiosks.
Look out for tile mosaics, murals and other design features in some of the stations. Many platforms now have safety barriers installed to prevent passengers falling on to the track.
Construction of the Seoul subway began in the 1970's with Line 1 and continues apace today.
Seoul's subway lines are color-coded:
Line 1 (dark blue), Line 2 (dark green), Line 3 (orange), Line 4 (azure), Line 5 (purple), Line 6 (light brown), Line 7 (olive green), Line 8 (pink), Line Bundang (yellow), Line Jungang (sky blue), Line Incheon (light blue) and (AREX) Airport Railroad (turquoise).
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Lines 5 & 8 (Wangsimni Station); Tel: 6311-6765/6768
Lines 6 & 7 (Taereung Station); Tel: 6311-6766/6767
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