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Seoul Metro

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Address: Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: +82 10-9980-7290

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We purchased tickets in the subway after sine help from a local. Easy to purchase, but the English translations and directions were a bit confusing. Once that was out if the way... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Jason R
Lenexa, Kansas
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Lenexa, Kansas
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We purchased tickets in the subway after sine help from a local. Easy to purchase, but the English translations and directions were a bit confusing. Once that was out if the way, it was very easy to navigate. Be sure to hold onto your subway card if it is a one time use card. You will need it to exit... More 

Thank Jason R
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Metro has a good coverage around the city and even to the airports. The only problem is that is hard to find your location since everything is written in Korean and the English is almost nowhere. Therefore, you may need some assistance

Thank Hayekso
Oslo, Norway
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very convenient! No problem to use, even if you don't know Korean. Only problem I had is that the maps showing the area around the stations do not have north pointing up. It once took me some time to figure out that.

Thank HelmerAslaksen
Shrivenham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very punctual except subways that share the rail lines which sometimes experience delays. Quite clean. Once on board have Korean, Chinese and English signage and voice notifications of stops. Signage is spotty depending on which stop you're at. Get a subway app which makes journey planning very easy. Beware subways that share train lines as the platform numbers are not... More 

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Kuching, Malaysia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you're looking to burn calories, this is one way to go. Watch out for steep stairways and can get very crowded at peak times. Good to purchase the relaod card (T-money) as you won't hv to keep purchasing tickets anywhere you want to go.

Thank Julina K
Stresa, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have travelled the world and this metro is the cleanest and most effective I have seen. The only challence is that for European it is sometimes difficult to follow the signs but the people are so kind to stop and help even if their English skills are limited.

Thank piriot
Vienna, Austria
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite easy to understand, english names are all over, tickets you can buy on machines and the base cost is 1350 won for normal ride, on top you pay 500 won deposit which you get back when you return the card (automated machine). Did not fully understand how far you can go with the base cost, for sure it works... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On the glass divider between the platform, they will have "quick transfer" map aside from the regular subway map. From this map you can find out which carriage is the closest to the line you intend to transfer. Get in that carriage, which is neatly numbered.

Thank tunaontrip
Antwerp, Belgium
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Everything you need from a metro: it's easy to use, everything is indicated in English, it's cheap, the frequency is high and it is clean (toilets are clean!). The T-money card is easy to use (you can also use it to pay the taxi).

Thank Marleen V
Manila, Philippines
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51 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love the thought of the accessibility of the tourist attractions from the train stations. This is a convenient way to explore Seoul.

Thank psylocketravel

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Carefree enthusiasm is everywhere in this energetic neighborhood centered on Hongik University, Korea’s top art school. From its assortment of murals to the occasional amateur street performances, creativity and expression make up the wild and beating heart of vibrant Hongdae. At the Free and Hope Market (weekends at the Hongdae Children’s Playground) you'll find one of Seoul’s most popular handmade and creative markets drawing consistent crowds. At Hongdae, there’s never a shortage of things to do and see; food and drink options are nearly endless as are shops and noraebang (karaoke) rooms. Hongdae is also one of Seoul’s top party and club scenes catering to a younger demographic; if a packed club isn’t your scene, you'll also find a range of music venues and bars offering live music in all genres. Although Hongdae has lost much of its unique appeal and undergone rapid commercialization in recent years, be sure to explore Hongdae’s edges in areas such as Sangsu-dong and Yeonnam-dong where Hongdae’s fiercely independent streak still runs freely.
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