The Best Ways to Explore Seoul by Foot | Trazy’s Guided Walking Tours

There is no better way to explore Seoul than on foot, and a guided walking tour is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at South Korea’s capital city of Seoul.

Here are well-curated and guided walking tours offered by Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop for you to unlock the city’s sights and stories.

Whether you are a culture vulture, history lover, adventurer or a globetrotter on budget Trazy’s got the one-of-a-kind walking tour for you!

1. Deoksugung Palace & Jeongdong History Tour

Take a walk through the centuries

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A passionate tour guide explaining about the history of Deoksugung Palace to the participants of the walking tour.

Tune into the modern Korean history at must-visit places of historical significance with a professional English speaking tour guide, a superb storyteller who will tell you dynamic stories of the transition period of Korea from the late 19th century to early 20th century.

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Participants peeping inside Deokhongjeon Hall where the king met foreign envoys and other diplomatic officials.

Starting at Deoksugung Palace, one of the five royal palaces in Seoul, the walk takes you along the Jeongdong-gil Road, a picturesque tree-lined cobblestone street of Jeong-dong district in downtown Seoul that runs along the stone wall of Deoksugung Palace.

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Entering Deoksugung Palace
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Walking along the picturesque Jeongdong-gil Road
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Making a stop at Chung Dong First Methodist Church

You will also have the chance to stop at lesser-known cultural and historical heritages such as Chung Dong First Methodist Church, Korea’s first Methodist church built in 1898, on this walking tour. Join in now and dive into the rich history of Seoul with Trazy!

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 mins

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“The tour was an enjoyable experience for me, especially since I’m a big fan of both walking and learning about history. The guides have excellent English and do a great job of talking about the stories in relation to the Palace and its surrounding area. I wouldn’t have known where to go and what to do on my own, so this is great for people who would like to know a little bit more about Korean history while taking pictures of beautiful architecture.” – Jasmine

2. Seoul City Wall & Ihwa Mural Village Walking Tour

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the walls of art and rich history

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The famous “Flower Staircase” in Ihwa Mural Village

Take in the best sights in Jongno district in Seoul with this walking tour that combines history, street art and murals and a pleasant night stroll.

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An artistic mural at Naksan Park

Starting from Dongdaemun Gate, one of the most iconic landmarks of Seoul, you will walk along the historic Seoul City Wall to Ihwa Mural Village, a charming neighborhood with alleys filled with the photogenic mural painted walls, and up to Naksan Park where you can admire the fascinating night views of Seoul on this walking tour.

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A pleasant night stroll at Naksan Park
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A stunning night view of Seoul from Naksan Park

※TIP: Seoul City Wall, or ‘Hanyangdoseong’ in Korean, is an 18km-long fortress wall with 600 years of history, which circles the four mountains in the heart of Seoul, Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan and Inwangsan. You can find the restored remnants of Seoul City Wall at these mountains.

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 mins

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3. Seochon Village Walking Tour

Journey into the depths of an old, artistic village hidden in the concrete jungle

Explore the winding alleys of Seochon Village, a little-known neighborhood filled with traditional houses and dotted with trendy art galleries, situated on the west of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of five royal palaces in central Seoul.

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An alley of Seochon Village

While listening to the stories of Korean professional artists and writers who once worked for Gyeongbokgung Palace, you will make stops at an old house of a renowned Korean painter named Park No-soo, a famous traditional Tongin Market and stylish, hip cafes on this walking tour.

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A house of a famous Korean painter, Park No-soo, in Seochon Village
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A small cafe with unique design in Seochon Village
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A traditional Korean hanok -style restaurant in Seochon Village

If you are in favor of lesser-known and secretive discoveries, this is the perfect walking tour for you!

  • Duration: 3 hours

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“I’ve heard of Seochon village from my Korean friend and this tour was a great chance to hear some interesting history about the village walking through the hidden small alleys. Highly recommended especially if you are interested in art.” – Jessie

4. Namsan Park & N Seoul Tower Evening Hiking Tour

Soak up stupendous night views

This is a ‘best of Seoul’ evening walking tour that takes you to Namsangol Hanok Village, home to traditional Korean house, along the remnants of Seoul City Wall and up to N Seoul Tower, an iconic tower where you can take in spectacular nighttime views of Seoul.

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Namsangol Hanok Village
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A scenic walkway at Namsan Park
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A beautiful night view of Seoul from N Seoul Tower

The hiking trail up to N Seoul Tower is suitable for everyone, every skill level. So sign up for this evening hiking tour now and spend a great night out with Trazy!

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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5. Ingwangsan & Bugaksan Mountain Hiking Tour

Choose a hike and discover stunning landscapes and breathtaking vistas

Put on your hiking boots and tackle the two remarkable mountains in central Seoul, Inwangsan Mountain and Bugaksan Mountain, with a passionate English-speaking local guide on this urban hiking tour!

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A panoramic view of city of Seoul from Inwangsan Mountain

Check out the two trail options you can choose from:

  • Option 1. Ingwangsan Mountain: A 338m high mountain that features uniquely shaped rocks, massive granite peaks.
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Peering down the city of Seoul from Inwangsan Mountain
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Uniquely shaped granite rocks in Inwangsan Mountain
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Hiking up Inwangsan Mountain

※TIP: Though there are rocky sections, the trail is well-paved, making the hike relatively easy for everyone – highly recommended for amateurs!

  • Option 2. Bugaksan Mountain: A 342m high mountain which is the highest among four major mountains in central Seoul, Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan and Inwangsan.
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Bugaksan Mountain
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Climbing up the wooden steps in Bugaksan Mountain
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A breathtaking view of Seoul from top of Bugaksan Mountain

※TIP: Expect some sections of dirt trail, wooden steps and steep inclines and declines, which make it a more challenging hike – highly recommended for avid hikers!

  • Duration: 3~3.5 hours

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“I had so much fun with my guide! After the hike he showed me around the neighborhood and I was really grateful to be shown around. I highly recommend this tour because the guide is great and the view is amazing!” – Maya

6. Secret Garden & Bukchon Hanok Village Walking Tour

Travel back in time to Joseon Dynasty and experience the lives of royal and noble families!

Changdeokgung Palace is the most beautiful palace among the 5 palaces in Seoul and Huwon (the Secret Garden) inside the palace is an absolute must-see feature that is only accessible through the guided tour.

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Changdeokgung Palace, the only Korean Palace designated as UNESCO World Heritage
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Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace, previously a leisure place exclusively for the royal family

Have a nice stroll in Changdeokgung palace and experience the beauty of Korean architecture at this unique Korean royal garden.

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Bukchon Hanok Village, the well-preserved neighborhood of Changdeokgung palace

While walking in and around Changdeokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village, you will visit places with historical backgrounds and get a glimpse of the life in the 19th century of Korea. Plus, the itinerary includes filming locations of K-drama “Goblin”, “Love in the Moonlight” and “Personal Taste”. Take photos here and be a K-drama hero/heroine.

  • Duration: 4 hours

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“The tour was informative and history of Korea history was valuable. it was also a beautiful tour. Highly recommended.” – Jackie

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How to Get to Everland from Seoul | Transportation & Tips

Visit one of the best theme parks in Korea, Everland!

Everland, South Korea’s most popular theme park, is located on the outskirts of Seoul in Yongin City, Gyeonggi Province, which takes around 2~3 hours or more from Seoul.

If you are visiting Everland Theme Park for the first time, here are 3 ways to get to the theme park and other alternatives to take into consideration when making your way to Everland. everland-3.jpg

3 ways to get to Everland

1. By Shuttle Bus

Everland offers a shuttle bus transfer service, however, a prior reservation via phone is required.

On the bus, you must pay for the round-trip bus fare (12,000 KRW) in cash.

You can book the Everland shuttle bus online via Everland’s official partner, Trazy.com.

Everland Shuttle Bus Schedule & Pick-up Location

Seoul → Everland (1~1.5 hours)
9:05am Depart from Hongik University Station Exit 4
(Line 2, Gyeongui Jungang, Airport Railroad)
9:40am Depart from Myeongdong Station (Line 4) Exit 2
9:50am Depart from Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Line 2, 4, 5) Exit 11
Everland → Seoul (1~1.5 hours)
6:30pm Depart from Everland Parking Area No. 5 – Platform #7/#8
To Hongik University Station >> Myeongdong Station >> Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station
9:30pm (Mon~Thurs, Sun) Depart from Everland Parking Area No. 5 – Platform #7/#8
To Myeongdong Station and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station

| Note: From July 15~August 27, 2017, the shuttle bus will depart at 8:05am from Hongik University Station / 8:40am from Myeongdong Station / 8:50am from Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station.

To see the shuttle bus transfer service between Everland and Gangnam area or Suwon, click here.

Looking for Everland tickets or other packages?

For those who want to stay until the night parade or the closing time, check out Private Van Transfer Package or Full Day Package.

※ Since Everland is a popular theme park, we strongly advise you to make your reservation in advance! 

2. By Local Bus

Your second option is to take a local bus from Seoul to Everland. The following are the locations of the bus stops.🚏

➡ Gangnam Station (Line 2) Exit 5: Take Bus No.5002 (8 stops, approx. 55 mins~)

➡ Gangnam Station (Line 2) Exit 10: Take Bus No.5002 (9 stops, approx. 1 hr 5 mins~)

➡ Jamsil Station (Line 2, 8) Exit 6: Take Bus No.5700 (21 stops, approx. 1 hr 10 mins~)

➡ Sadang Station (Line 2, 4) Exit 3: Take Bus No.1500-2 (73 stops, approx. 1 hr 30mins~)

➡ Gangbyeon Station (Line 2) Exit 1: Take Bus No. 5700 (22 stops, approx. 1 hr 15 mins~)

3. By Subway

Last but not least, you can get to Everland by taking the subway and here’s how.

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From Gangnam Station (Line 2, Green) ➡ Jeongja Station (Sinbundang Line, Dark Red) ➡ Giheung Station (Bundang Line, Yellow) ➡ Jeondae Everland Station (Yongin Ever Line) Exit 3 ➡ Take a free shuttle bus to Everland

*Ever Line operation hours: 5:30 am~11:30 pm
*Estimated travel time80 mins

As you can see, it will take up some time to reach Everland even when you take the subway. Considering that it is your first time to travel around Seoul, we expect it will take up even more time.

Therefore, taking a shuttle bus can be the most convenient and cost-efficient way to get to Everland from Seoul.

About Everland Theme Park

Everland is the largest theme park in Korea with over 40 rides and attractions.

One of the most popular rides at Everland is T Express, the third tallest roller coaster in the world. Since T Express has long queues during weekends or high season, it would be best for you to buy Everland Q-Pass (Fast Pass). The Q-Pass will save you big time at your favorite rides and attractions in Everland.
everland-4.jpgEverland Theme Park also offers various seasonal themed festivals throughout the year, such as the Tulip Festival and the Rose Festival during spring and the Romantic Illumination Festival during winter. So whenever you visit Everland in Korea, it has something for you.

If you want to visit Everland during your trip to Korea, make sure you check out all the Everland deals offered by Korea’s #1 Travel ShopTrazy.com.

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Travel Tips: How to Get from Incheon Airport to Seoul, Korea

As a traveler, you get exhausted from your long flight and you just want a simple method of getting from the airport to your hotel or destination in Seoul.

As soon as you pass the doors from immigration, you will be swarmed by men promising to drive you to Seoul for 50,000+ won for a taxi to the city or any destination. AVOID THEM AT ALL COSTS as it is just another taxi scam just like every other country.

For future reference, if any taxi does not use the meter and you feel you have been ripped off or overcharged, write or take a picture of their plate number and email happyride@seoul.go.kr or call the Korea Tourism Organization Tourist Complaint Center (☎ 02-735-0101, 02-1330). It is against the law for them to do so.

Scroll down to see the transfer/transport options on how you can get to your destination once you land at Incheon International Airport!

1. Shuttle Train

arex-airport-express-train.jpgTravelers can easily access from Incheon International Airport to Seoul by trains operated by Airport Railroad Express (AREX). There are two types of trains: Express and All Stop Train.

The Express Train runs non-stop from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station and the All Stop Train passes through 11 subway stations.

Here are 11 subway stations that are included in the Airport Railroad Line.rail_roadThe fare for Express train costs 8,000 won and takes only 43 minutes from Incheon Int’l Airport to Seoul Station.

You can purchase an Express Train Pass at 45 Booth on Level 1 of Incheon International Airport, AREX Travel Center, Express Train Passenger Information Center located inside the Transportation Information Center on the B1 level of Incheon International Airport.

Or you can purchase the AREX ticket online in advance at a 10% discount here.

For All Stop Train, the fares and travel times will vary by your destination.

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2. Buses

incheon airport (1).jpgThe next option is taking the buses leaving from the airport to their respective cities. The ticket booths are located as soon as you go outside.

You can find information about the buses and tickets at Exits 4 and 9 before exiting the terminal or right outside (don’t cross the street) at exits 4,6,7,8,9C, 11 and 13. Take a look at the map below.
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  1. Refer to name of the location you’re traveling to.
  2. Price of the ticket.
  3. Bus platform number. From the picture above, 04B (circled in blue on the far left) refers to Gate No. 4 and the side of the gate to take the bus (A for the left, B for the right).

1401491_1_209Now that you purchased your ticket, it’s time to go to the platform and ride the bus. Look for the platform sign that corresponds to your ticket. You’ll find an explanation of the platform sign below:

  1. Departure times.
  2. Identification of the bus platform.
  3. The direction of the bus route. Here, it indicates that the bus will head to City Hall Area.
  4. Indicates which stops the bus makes.

3. Taxis

The next option you can take into consideration is the official taxis of their respective cities of Seoul, Incheon and the Gyeonggi Province offices.

They are located on the first floor of the passenger terminal between platforms 4D and 7C. See the map below.

There are no long-distance charge premiums. The only time that any extra charges may incur is when you take a Seoul-based taxi to another city that is not Seoul such as Incheon or Ansan.img_1021This is an example of the international taxis with fully licensed English-speaking drivers.800px-20101018_kia_k5_taxi_01Basic Taxi Fare:제목 없음Estimated Taxi time & fares (The basic fee excludes toll fees and an extra 10,000 will be added to the total amount):제목 없음

4. Private Van

Door-to-door private transport is definitely an option to consider if you want to ensure everything goes smoothly on your first day of arrival.

You don’t need to worry about how to get to your destination with heavy luggage bags on the public transportation. It is more comfortable and convenient than a taxi and more cost-effective than a limousine. If you want to arrange a private transfer service from Incheon Airport (ICN) or Gimpo Airport (GMP) to any of your final destinations in Seoul, click here.seoul-incheon-private-vanIf you only opt for a luggage delivery service, click here to book in advance.

Looking for more information about South Korea? Browse through Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, Trazy.com, where you can find the most up-to-date travel experiences and activities in Korea. 🙂

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Survival Tips for Travelers to Seoul- The Illustrious T-money Card

Why Must Travelers Have This Magical T-money Card in Korea?

3686207257_703278dc32_b.jpgIn South Korea, travelers can buy a Single Journey Ticket or a rechargeable card called T-money Card. We advise you to get a T-money Card as it is a magic wand that will make your journey super convenient!

These cards can be used for all the buses, subway and taxis. If you’ve forgotten to bring your wallet, you can even make payments with these cards in convenience stores. 😉 3707332912_0192c18755_bOther T-Money items: There is a variety of accessories such as key chains, mini mirrors, straps, all of which can be used just like the T-money Card.

1. Where to buy your T-money Card

You can easily purchase the basic T-money Card at retail convenience stores such as CU, GS25 and 7-Eleven. The card itself costs 2,500 KRW.1 (1).jpgNowadays, Kakao Friends is gaining a huge popularity and it has released T-money Cards with totally cute Kakao characters. These cards cost 4,000 KRW.

2. How to recharge your T-Money Card

There are 3 ways to recharge your T-money Card.

1. Locate a ticket vending machine. They are located inside all the subway stations and train station.3686203061_017ce8945b_b

Click the third button with the T-money logo on the far right. Place your card and then select the amount of money. Insert coin or bill and wait until the charge is over.

2. Newstands near bus stops with a display of the T-money sign. You can find them usually next to the subway station exits and entrances.

3. Head over to retail convenience stores. This is the easiest way to recharge your card!

Tip: Some Student IDs offer the T-money card service, but may not be recharged at convenience stores. Therefore, find the closest subway station to reload your card.

Refunds: If you have a T-money balance of 20,000 won or less, visit a T-money affiliated convenience store and receive your money. If your remaining balance is more than 20,000 won, please visit the T-money headquarters at:

Address: 1st FL. T-money Town, Seoul City Tower Building, Namdaemun-ro 5Ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

Phone: Customer Service, 02-1644-0088/080-389-0088

Directions: Located just outside Seoul Station Exit #8, Seoul Subway Lines 1 and 4

3. How to use T-Money Card

Bus: When you get on the bus, place the card on the sensor. It will tell you how much money has been charged and your remaining balance. If an error occurs, give it a second or two, and try again. If this continues, the bus driver will let you know what the issue is. When you exit the bus, tap the sensor one more time to get a discount for the transfer. You can enjoy 4 discount transfers in a day._MG_5284Tip: Make sure you tap your card again and you hear a beep. If you don’t, you will be charged extra for distance traveled.

Metro: When you enter the subway station, place the card on the sensor. If an error occurs, press the red “help” button and the staff will come and help you.

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Taxi: Not all but some taxis do accept T-money as a form of payment. Look out for the signs on the taxi and see if the driver accepts to money.

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When you arrive at your destination, simply tap your card on the sensor and the screen above the gray box (see picture below) will let you know your remaining balance.

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*If you’re looking for a train pass that travels throughout all regions of Korea, we recommend you a KR Pass! Find more details here or read A Beginner’s Guide to Train Travel in South Korea from our previous post.

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How to Travel by Train in South Korea Pain-free

CC0-photo-1880For travelers who want step outside Seoul and get around other destinations around South Korea, traveling by train is probably the best option.

It’s true that the price for express buses is comparatively lower than that of trains, but the travel times can become very long due to heavy traffic. So if you want your travel plans to be exact and move to destinations on time, taking a train is highly recommended.

For travelers who are planning on train travel in South Korea, here’s a basic guide to help you make your rail journey in South Korea pain-free.

Railway Lines in Korea

Train fare depends on train type and distance traveled. There are 4 railway lines in Korea: the Gyeongbu Line, the Honam Line, the Gyeongjeon Line and the Jeolla Line.

The Gyeongbu Line (on the left) connects Seoul and Busan and the Honam Line (on the right) runs from Yongsan Station in Seoul to Mokpo in the southwest. 

The Gyeongjeon Line connects Seoul and southeastern part of Korea such as Jinju and Changwon. The Jeolla Line runs across the southwestern part of Korea and its major stops include cities like Jeonju, Namwon, Suncheon and Yeosu.

What is KR Pass?

For those who want to save money and time on train travel without the hassle of buying point-to-point tickets, buying Korea Rail Pass (KR Pass) can be cost effective. It is very similar to how Eurail Pass works.

With KR Pass, travelers will have an unlimited access to standard class seats of KTX, Saemaeul, Mugunghwa, Nuriro and Tourism Trains (O-train, V-train, S-train, DMZ-train, A-train, G-train) for a certain period of time (1~7 days) starting from the date you choose. For more information on KR Pass, click here.

With this pass, you can even enjoy additional discounts on selected accommodations and tourist attractions. You can buy KR Pass at the cheapest price here.

Korean Train Classes

Classes of Korean trains depend on the speed and the amenities offered on board. In Korea, there are KTX express trains (including KTX-Sancheon), and the non-express Saemaeul, ITX-Saemaeul, ITX-Cheongchun, Mugunghwa, Nuriro and tourism trains.

1. KTX (Korea Train eXpress)

KTX.jpgKTX is a high-speed train in Korea that takes less than 3 hours for you to travel from Seoul to Busan. Although the train fare is relatively expensive, it is fast, safe and comfortable.

2. ITX (Intercity Train Express)

After KTX is ITX, which are semi-fast trains and currently there are two types: ITX-Cheongchun and ITX-Saemaeul.1024px-KORAIL_ITX_36808_Special.jpgITX-Cheongchun runs from Yongsan Station in Seoul to Chuncheon City in Gangwon Province, the eastern part of Korea. You can also take ITX-Cheongchun trains at Cheongnyangni Station (Subway Line 1 & Gyeongeui Line) in Seoul to get to Gangwon Province.ITX-SaemaeulITX-Saemaeul is the new kind of service that is gradually replacing regular Saemaul-ho trains on electrified lines. It runs on Gyeongbu,Honam, Gyeongjeon, Jeolla, and Jungang Line.

3. Saemaeul-ho

1200px-Saemaeul_DL_Janghang_LineBefore KTX trains were launched, Saemaeul-ho was the fastest class of trains in South Korea. The Saemaeul train makes more stops than KTX and ITX and it allows the journey from Seoul to Busan possible in less than 5 hours.

4. Mugunghwa-ho

1200px-Mugunghwa-hoMugunghwa-ho is the cheapest class of trains in operation today and they are the only trains that stop at many stations where KTX & Saemaeul trains do not serve. However, the speed is very slow and there are more standees than sitting passengers.

5. Nuriro-ho

KORAIL_TECThis train operates from medium- to long-distance and mainly runs between Seoul and Sinchang. It offers various facilities such as restroom for the disabled and luggage racks.

Tourism Trains

1. S-Train

S-TRAIN.jpgIf you want to get a glimpse of the southwestern region of South Korea, taking S-Train is recommended. It is also known as Namdo Sea Sightseeing Train, which operates between Busan and destinations in South Jeolla Province along the southern coast of the peninsula.

2. V-Train

Front_of_V-trainThe ‘V’ in V-train stands for “valley,” as it travels through the remote mountainous areas of Gangwon and Gyeongsangbuk provinces. It is also referred to as the “Baby Baekho (white tiger) Train” because of the white tiger design on the exterior of the train. On this train, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful gorges and valleys of South Korea.

3. O-Train

Outside_of_O-train_02.jpgO-train, or Jungbu Naeryuk Circular Train, is a sightseeing train that operates in a circular route around a central inland region. Its name derives from the word, “one”, as the trains loops around attractions in the three provinces (Gangwon, Chungcheongbuk, Gyeongsangbuk provinces) in the country’s central inland region.Inside_of_O-train_(중부순환내륙열차_내부)_11.jpg

4. DMZ Train

1200px-Korea_DMZ_Train_34_(14246311162)DMZ Train, or Peace Train, runs from Seoul Station to Dorasan Station, passing through some of the major attractions located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. On this train, you will be able to admire Korea’s untouched natural landscape and historical landmark.1200px-Korea_DMZ_Train_01_(14061927467)The DMZ Train for the Gyeongui Line does not operate on Mondays and national holidays falling on weekdays. And for the Gyeongwon Line, the train does not operate on Tuesdays.1200px-Korea_DMZ_Train_02_(14225366326)Tourists can also purchase a “DMZ Pass,” which allows unlimited use of the DMZ Train.

5. G-Train

G-train, also known as the West Gold Train, has rooms with ‘ondol’, a Korean floor heating system. Along the route, you will be able to travel along the coastal areas of the West Sea. It stops at major travel destinations including Boryeong and Gunsan.

6. Wine & Cinema Train

14320_29098_1141On this tourist train, you can enjoy wine and cinema on board. The Wine & Cinema Train runs between Seoul and Yeongdong every Tuesday and Saturday. Starting from Seoul Station, you can go to Yeongdong to taste wine and try the wine spa. You can also drop by Geumsan to take a look around Geumsan Ginseng Museum.

7. Sea Train

1200px-Korail_seaside_train.jpgSometimes called “ocean train,” the Sea Train runs along the beautiful East Coast, passing through Gangneung, Donghae and Samcheok.1200px-Korail_seaside_train_inside_1stThis tourist train features seats that face the windows that allow passengers to overlook the majestic waves, beaches, and the blue ocean.1200px-Korail_Class_9000_Jeongdongjin

8. Jeongson Arirang A Train 

A-Train_(Korail),_Jeongseon_Arirang_Train,_2015.jpgWith A-Train, or Jeongseon Arirang A-Train, you can travel through Jeongseon Country in Gangwon Province, the northeastern region of Korea. The ‘A’ in the name comes from “Arirang (a Korean folk song)”, “amazement” and “adventure”. The train offers a round trip once a day from Cheongnyangni station in Seoul, passing through Jeongson, and arrives at Auraji Station in Gangwon Province.

Major Train Stations

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  • Seoul/Gyeonggi : Seoul, Yongsan, Gwangmyeong, Noryangjin, Yeongdeungpo, Guro, Suwon, Incheon (Seoul Metro Line 1), Incheon International Airport (KTX, AREX), Cheongnyangni, Uijeongbu, Deokso, Bupyeong, Dongducheonjungang
  • Gangwon : Chuncheon, Wonju, Donghae, Gangneung, Jeongdongjin
  • Chungcheong : Cheonan, Cheonan-Asan, Jochiwon, Sintanjin, Daejeon, Seodaejeon, Janghang, Jecheon, Cheongju, Chungju
  • Jeolla : Iksan, GwangjuSongjeong, Gwangju, Mokpo, Gunsan, Jeonju, Suncheon, Yeosu EXPO
  • Gyeongsang : Gimcheon, Daegu, Dongdaegu, Samnangjin, Busanjin, Busan, Andong, Yongju, Gyeongju, Pohang, Ulsan, Changwon, Gimhae, Jinhae, Masan, Jinju

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Getting Around Busan in South Korea – Public Transport Info

If you are planning a trip to Busan, the second biggest city in South Korea, read this ultimate guide to getting around Busan by public transport!

1. Busan Hanaro Card – Local prepaid transportation card

Like the T-money card in Seoul, there is a local prepaid transportation card called Hanaro.

busan-transportation-guide-1If you already have a T-money card, you are also able to use it in Busan. If you are only going to travel within the city of Busan and have not purchased any transportation card, then getting this Hanaro card will be handy as it offers a discount for the fares up to 3 transfers you make.

But if you are traveling both Seoul and Busan during your trip, we advise you to purchase a T-money card.

You can purchase Hanaro cards at convenience stores and ticket vending machines located inside metro stations. You can also recharge the card at metro stations, Busan Bank, Busan Gimhae Light Rail Transit and convenience stores.

Hanaro Card can be used in all other cities in Korea except for Daejeon, Daegu, Sejong, Geoje, Tongyeong and Andong.

2. Metro

Taking a metro in Busan is an economic way to explore the city because it runs through almost all of the tourist destinations and the fare is relatively cheap. Plus, the announcements of the destinations are spoken in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese.

If you’re going to stay a while within the city, buy a Hanaro Card. But if you are just making a one-day stop in Busan, one-day metro tickets are highly recommended.

You can buy one-day metro tickets at Gimhae International Airport, Busan Station or Busan Central Bus Terminal or from the ticket vending machines inside metro stations. With this ticket, you can take 20 rides on the same day of purchase for all metro lines except the light rail service.busan-transportation-guide-5As you can see, there are 4 major metro lines in Busan: Orange, Green, Brown and Blue. There is an additional Purple Line (Gimhae Light Railway) which connects Gimhae Airport (closest to Busan) and the West of Busan. The fare is 1,300 won for one section, 1,500 won for two section.

  • Line 1 (Orange Line) : Sinpyeong ~ Nopo-dong
  • Line 2 (Green Line) : Yangsan ~ Jangsan
  • Line 3 (Brown Line) : Daejeo ~ Suyeong
  • Line 4 (Blue Line) : Minam ~ Anpyeong
  • Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit (Purple Line): Sasang ~ Kaya Univ.

*Take note that travel times on Busan’s metro can be comparatively longer than that of Seoul.

3. Taxi

Regular taxis are usually in gray color, and if you see a black taxi with a yellow taxi sign on top, they are deluxe taxis, which offer a free car phone service.

The basic fare for a regular taxi is 2,800 won per 2km and then additional charges are added depending on the distance and time whereas the basic fare for a deluxe taxi is 4,500 won per 3km and additional charges will be imposed depending on the distance and time. A late hour premium will be charged from midnight for both types.

Most taxi drivers do not speak English (although some may speak Japanese) so it will help a lot if you show the name of the destination in Korean to the driver. The taxi drivers in Busan are generally very friendly towards foreigners.

However, there are some unscrupulous taxi drivers who often assume that a foreign traveler wants to go a long distance and they may attempt to charge much higher fixed fares (as much as 20,000 KRW) in some areas such as around Busan Port.

Insist on the meter and take a different taxi if your driver refuses to use it. Asking about the approximate fare will be helpful before taking a taxi.

4. Bus

A. Local Buses

The bus network in Busan is fairly comprehensive. It is recommended travelers to Busan use Hanaro card or T-money card as cash fare is higher than the transportation card fare. Also, if you pay in cash, you can’t receive a transfer discount.

Transportation card holders can also enjoy free transfer within 30 minutes from getting off. However, they must touch the card on the card reading machine when exiting the bus.

Inside the bus, you will be able to find a sign with destinations displayed in Korean, English and Japanese, although there will be no English route maps whatsoever on the bus. Make sure you check your route and see which bus to take in advance.

Here are some of the key bus routes that run through major tourist destinations in Busan.

  1. Bus No. 1003 runs every 7 to 11 mins and passes through major tourist spots. (It also runs at night as a night bus!)

busan-transportation-guide-2(Songjeong BeachMipo Moontanroad HaeundaeGwangalliBusanjin market – Busan station – Nampodong)

  1. Bus No. 188 runs every 25 to 30 mins and you will be able to see the east coast and the areas nearby on this bus.busan-transportation-guide-33. Bus No. 307 runs every 14~18 mins from Gimhae airport to Haeundae. Taking this bus can also help you cover most of the places across the city of Busan comprehensively.busan-transportation-guide-4(Gimhae Airport – Dongnae market – Centum cityHaeundae)

Taking Busan City Tour Bus can be another great option as it is a budget-friendly transport and you can hop on and hop off wherever and whenever you like. For more info, click here.busan-city-tour-busYou can book Busan City Tour Bus tickets online here.

*Take note that Busan City Tour Bus does not operate on Mondays.

B. Express & Inter-city Buses

There are 2 main bus terminals for express and inter-city buses: Busan Central Bus Terminal and Seobu Inter-City Bus Terminal. The bus fare depends on the distance and the type of express or inter-city bus you take.

Busan Central Bus Terminal: Located in Nopo-dong, here you can ride both express buses and inter-city buses. The Dongbu Inter-City Bus connects all regions with Busan, including some of the major destinations like Donghae, Gangneung, Sokcho, Jinju and Tongyeong.

The express bus connects Busan and other cities including Seoul, Daejeon, Gyeongju, Incheon, Jeonju, Gwangju, Yeosu, Suncheon and Daegu.

Seobu Inter-City Bus Terminal: Located in Sasang, you can take inter-city buses to Jeolla-do, Gyeongsang-do and other major cities in Yeongnam Region and Honam Region, the southern part of South Korea.

5. Bike

In big cities like Seoul and Busan, riding a bike can be dangerous, this is especially true if you have ever seen driving style of the people in Korea. In Haeundae district, there are dedicated bike lanes on many pavements which are relatively safe.

The city of Busan offers a public bike-share program in several spots, including Haeundae Beach.

  • Haeundae Beach has a free bike rental scheme between 9 am and 6 pm for foreigners (with a passport, ID card and accommodation voucher). If you don’t have insurance then a 2,000 KRW fee is required.

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