Seoul's Subway System


There are great subway systems all around the world. Growing up in New York, I rode the New York subway system all the time. I also went to Europe and rode the subway in London and Rome. By riding the subway, you can get a great view of how locals live and work. You see all different kinds of people and wonder where everyone is going. The same is true for the Seoul subway. It is one of the largest subway systems in the world and Korean people take advantage of its convenience, cleanliness and cheap price.

How do people get around?:

There are subway stations all over Seoul, with 302 in total. Inside the station, before heading to the train platform, you can find lots of stores and restaurants. Almost every station has a convenience store where you can buy food and drinks, or even things like phone chargers and umbrellas. Many stations have even more. In larger stations, you can do all your grocery shopping, clothes shopping or have dinner right inside the station. Every station also has nice clean bathrooms. That may not sound like much, but when I'm back in New York I really miss this!

When you're ready to ride the subway, you first tap your transportation card at the turnstiles. Each trip costs about one dollar and ten cents. Next you head over to the train platform. Almost every station has a glass wall between the platform and the tracks with doors on them.