Your Essential Guide to Subway-Hopping Around Seoul
Seoul is beloved by travelers around the world for many reasons and one of it is how easily accessible the city is thanks to its well-developed public transportation system that connects Seoul to other major cities including Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, and Daejeon. With over 10 lines, it can be confusing at times… But fret not, that’s what this post is all about! 😁
Here are our top 3 useful tips for your next free-and-easy trip to Korea!
1. Save money & time with transportation cards
While you can always buy a single-journey ticket using cash, it’s cumulatively cheaper and simply more convenient to use a transportation card to get around Seoul. There is a wide range of transportation cards available and to save you from the trouble, here are our pick for the most value-for-money option!
One of the many benefits of using Tmoney card is that concession discounts are available! To put simply, if you’re transferring from one bus to another, one subway line to another, or from bus to subway or vice versa within 30 minutes, you don’t have to pay extra fee! Plus they come in unbelievably cute designs!
Source: Tmoney Website
Korea Tour Card
Exclusive to international visitors, Korea Tour Card is a prepaid transportation card that provides discount benefits at Seoul’s must-visit tourist spots including Everland, Lotte World, various shopping outlets, restaurants, theatres and many more!
Source: Korea Tour Card Website
Discover Seoul Pass
If go-with-the-flow is your travel philosophy, then the Discover Seoul Pass will be perfect for you! Discount benefits, free one-time, one-way airport express train ticket, free admission to various tourist hotspots, getting around Seoul has never been so delightful!
Source: Discover Seoul Pass Website
Fans of BTS check this out! You can grab the special BTS edition, Discover Seoul Pass exclusive to foreigners where it comes with BTS-themed commemorative items! Available from now until 30th December 2019, don’t miss it!
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Did you know that your transportation card can often double as a prepaid debit card? That’s right! Simply top up your card at any sales location, convenient stores or reload device inside subway station and you’re all set to use it as a payment option at all affiliated stores! Not sure how to reload the card? We’ve got that covered here for you too! 😄
Source: Korea Tourism Organization Website
2. A city that is so foreigner-friendly that knowing Korean is not essential
While the mere thought of taking public transportation with zero knowledge of Korean language can sound intimidating, there’s really nothing to worry about! Not only that station names are available in Chinese & English, different colours and numbers are also used to indicate respective station lines so even for travelers, it is rather easy to get your way around!
📝 Need more information? Check out the complete, interactive subway map here, available in Korean, English, Japanese & Chinese!
Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government Website
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The station names can be tricky sometimes especially when it is a literal translation from the native language, which is why each station is assigned with a unique number you don’t have to worry about getting confused!
Now, instead of Hongik University and Myeong-Dong, we can now say: “Let’s take the subway from 239 to 424!” 😆
3. DIY your subway-themed tour according to your travel preference
Fans of K-pop? Shopaholic? History buff? An epicurean with an adventurous heart for exotic cuisine? All of the above? Well, not a problem with Seoul’s subway system! Furthermore, given how easy it is to find detailed subway-themed tour itinerary online, you wouldn’t need to worry about planning your trip at all! 🤗
Here’s one along subway line 3 that we think just might be the one you’ve been waiting to experience, especially if you’re a fan of the hit drama, “Hotel del Luna”!
Travel along subway line 3 for your “Hotel Del Luna” journey!
Hotel Seine (호텔 세느장)
Fans of Hotel De Luna will not be surprised by this little interesting titbit but the iconic hotel is actually shot in a cafe that sits in the trendy Ikseon-dong area in Seoul, going by the name “Hotel Seine”! The interior design concept is said to be inspired by the critically acclaimed film “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, where the director’s brilliantly unique artistic vision was brought to life through every single detail from flooring, furniture, paintings to smallest mise-en-place.
Indulge in more of its exquisite beauty via Hotel Seine Cafe’s instagram, or even better, check it out yourself by paying them a visit!
- Where? 28-5, Donhwamun-ro 11-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul [Google Map]
- How to get there? Alight at Subway Line 3 Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (#329) or Line 5 Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (#534) Exit 6, walk 2 mins
Source: Hotel Seine Cafe’s instagram
Hyemindang & Coffee Hanyakbang
Source: Naver Blog
Remember that scene where Man-wol (played by IU) & Ku Chan-seong (played by Yeo Jin Goo) arrived at the red bean porridge restaurant which Man-wol come to know through the show she always watched, “The Guys Who Died After Eating”? Well the actual shop interestingly does not sell red bean porridge, instead, this popular bakery serves some of the tastiest desserts including sweet and sour five-flavor berry mousse and the nutty and moist fig tart. 🤤
It’s so hard to say no to desserts, don’t you think so?
- Where? 16-9, Samil-daero 12-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul [Google Map]
- How to get there? Alight at Subway Line 3 Euljiro 3(sam)-ga Station (#330), walk 2 min
Source: Popbee website
BONUS: Kyungsung Clothes (경성의복)
Drop by this outfit rental shop to rent different outfits and walk in the shoes (figuratively 😝) of Man-wol for a day! Reservations recommended and further details can be found here!
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Want to find out more about subway-themed tour? Feel free to leave us a comment or reach out to us! ☎️ Would you prefer to travel around with ease and not having to worry about getting from one to another? Private transfer is the sure way to go about it!
That’s all we have for you today!
Are there any places that we didn’t include but you have been wanting to check out?
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