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 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.

See the map below that shows how to get to these shuttle trains from the Airport Passenger Terminal.20120522202715305제목 없음

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.
img_busroute01Here’s an explanation of what information your bus ticket gives you:1401491_1_208

  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.

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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.

Photo taken from VisitSeoul

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.

Photo credits to VisitSeoul

*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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Awesome Incheon Intl. Airport Amenities You Probably Didn’t Know About

Besides the fact that Incheon Intl. Airport is highly reputed as one of the best airports worldwide, how much do you know about it?
Well, Incheon Airport is rated as the world’s cleanest airport and the world’s best international transit airport according to Skytrax. However, there are whole lot more amenities you may have not known before.
So now, let’s explore and find out all the little-known awesome amenities that the Incheon International Airport has to make your travel way better! 😉

 1. Clean-Up Air (Laundry Service)

incheon-airport-amenities-24Drop by ‘Clean-Up Air’ if you need to keep your coat and clothes! This is the only place in Incheon  Intl. Airport that offers laundry service with excellent quality dry cleaning and laundry.incheon-airport-amenities-23Clean Up Air opens from 8:00 am til 20:00, and you can find it on the west side of the B1 Floor of Public Area.

2. Spa on Air (Sauna & Massage)

‘Spa on Air’ is a Korean style sauna, ‘Jjimjilbang,’ that is open 24/7 in Incheon Intl. Airport. Here, you can keep your baggage and also sweat out all the toxins and relax! It’s an ideal spot for passengers whose flight time is early in the morning and for those who arrive at midnight.incheon-airport-amenities-17The fee costs 15,000 KRW for daytime, and 20,000 KRW for night time. You can use a private sleeping room by prior arrangement. It is located on the east side of the B1 Floor of Public Area.

3. Inha University Hospital

incheon-airport-amenities-19In a case of emergency, keep in mind that there’s Airport Medical Center Inha University on the east side of B1 Floor of Public Area. If you need any medical service, run down to this medical center. It also offers service in English for foreign travelers and visitors, so don’t worry about complications in communication. 😉

4. Fast Track

Incheon Airport has a great service called ‘Fast Track’, or ‘Priority Lane’ on the east side of the 3rd floor. It runs from 7:00 am to 19:00 am.incheon-airport-amenities-11With a Fast Track Pass, mobility-impaired passengers, such as pregnant women, disabled, seniors over 80, can enjoy quicker access to the security checks and to the boarding area.

5. Look Optical

incheon-airport-amenities-22Located on B1 Floor of Public Area, there’s a boutique called ‘Look Optical’ where you can find glasses, lens, and sunglasses that come in all sorts of styles. So if you lose your glasses or lens during the trip, try getting a new one at Look Optical. 🙂

6. ASEM Geenia (Hair Salon)

incheon-airport-amenities-18Want a new makeover to your hairstyle? Incheon Airport has a hair salon, ‘ASEM Geenia’ where you can get a great haircut, permanent wave, nail art and more! You can find it on the east side of B1 Floor of Public Area and it runs from 10:00 am til 20:00 pm.

7. Internet Cafe / Zones

If you are looking for free internet service, Incheon Airport has several internet cafes and zones both in the Regular Area and Duty-free Area.incheon-airport-amenities-15incheon-airport-amenities-26incheon-airport-amenities-1For example, Internet Cafe by Cafe Bene on the 3rd Floor of the Boarding Area offers free internet service, fax & print service, and coffee, too!

8. Photo Booth

incheon-airport-amenities-14In case you need to take an ID photo, there are photo booths on the 3rd Floor of Public Area near Check-in Counter G and F where you can instantly take passport photos.

9. Ice Forest (Inline Skating Rink)

Have you ever seen an airport with an inline skating rink? Well, inside the Incheon Airport Transportation Center (CAT and KTX Station), there’s an indoor inline skating rink that is open all year-round, from 10:00 am til 20:00 pm. The skate rental fee costs 2,000 KRW for children, 3,000 KRW for teenagers, and 4,000 KRW for adults .

incheon-airport-amenities-4FYI, children must be 6 years of age and older to use the inline skating rink and they must be accompanied by guardians. incheon-airport-amenities-3So, if you have spare time until your flight time, why don’t you enjoy family fun with your kids at this wonderful play space?

10. CGV Movie Theater

incheon-airport-amenities-5When you have plenty of waiting time till your flight, why not watch a movie? In Incheon Airport, there’s CGV Theater where you can watch the latest movie. You can find the theater in the Transportation Center (CAT and KTX Station).incheon-airport-amenities-6Screening Time: Weekdays (09:00~25:00), Weekends (09:00~26:00)
※ Screening time can be adjusted by the theater.

11. Lost & Found Center

incheon-airport-amenities-20If you lose any of your belongings, run over to ‘Lost & Found Center’, where all the lost and found items are handled! Located on the west side of B1 Floor of Public Area, Lost & Found Center runs from 7:00 am til 22:00 pm.

12. Nursery Rooms

incheon-airport-amenities-8Pregnant women or guardians with an infant under age 3 may want to check out the nursery rooms in Incheon Airport. With nursing equipment, diaper changing tables to washbasins, and many more, these nursery rooms are equipped with everything you need for nursing! Plus, they are free!

13. Baby Stroller Rentals

incheon-airport-amenities-10Need free baby stroller or wheelchairs? incheon-airport-amenities-25You can rent wheelchairs and baby strollers at every information desk as well as Korean Air Family Care Service Office on the 3rd floor next to Gate 2. Just remember to return it at the boarding gate. 😉

For travelers to Seoul, South Korea, you might also want to check out Private Van Transfer From/To Incheon Airport, which a private transfer service that offers you a convenient, comfortable and secure way to transfer from Incheon Airport to any of your final destinations in Seoul. For details, click here.private-van-mini-bus-transfer-incheon-gimpo-airportIt may not be the cheapest way to transfer from/to the airport, but do take into consideration if you want to ensure everything goes smoothly on your first day of arrival. 😉

Now, go ahead and enjoy your travel to South Korea to the fullest. And don’t forget to visit Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, to find out all the latest things to do in Korea! 😉button_main 2

6 Things You Should Know About Cycling in Seoul

Cycling is one of the most rewarding ways for you to enjoy Korea!

The Korean government invested a tremendous amount of money in cycle routes and infrastructure. Using these bike-paths are safe ways to explore and exercise.

The entire Riverside Bike Trail system stretches over 1,757 kilometers along the Hangang, Geumgang, Yeongsangang, and Nakdonggang Rivers. There are awesome scenic views and attractions along the paths, cheap places to eat and even plenty of campgrounds. Just Google “4 Rivers Trails” and a ton of information will magically appear. We recommend with a Seoul adventure along portions of the Han River Trail.

Follow these helpful tips to assure your perfect day of cycling:

  1. Prepare your Bike:

A 30 second check of your bicycle will prevent hours of unhappiness while riding. Check that your wheels are free of wobbles, tires for proper inflation, tire treads for small sharp objects lodged in the rubber from previous rides, your brakes for good grip, and that your chain moves with ease.

Bicycle lights are mandatory if riding at night and a bell (or horn) is highly recommended equipment to avoid unwanted collisions. Be sure that your lights and noise devices are functioning properly and have adequate battery power before you start your ride.

In Korea, if you do find an issue with your bicycle, local bike shops provide fast, friendly and inexpensive bike tune-ups, and tipping for services is not necessary.

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Photo: MRobertMarks, Thanks to VeloDay Wangsimni
  1. Don’t have a bike? Rent one!

If you don’t own a bicycle, don’t fret. Bike rentals are very popular and readily available around the bike paths. Free rentals are available for two-hours at a time. Longer bike rides require a full day rental.

A quick internet search will yield lists of rental places around Seoul and other areas.

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Photo: MRobertMarks
  1. Prepare for the Day:

Checking the weather is a given, be sure to match the right clothes for the weather conditions, bring sunscreen if needed, and check that your pant legs can’t come in contact with the bike chain. Cycling can be enjoyable even in the snow and rain when you have clothes that keep you dry and you ride cautiously.

Sometimes Seoul has high pollution levels, you may want to check the air quality before your start your day for any activity. A face mask specialized in filtering PM2.5 (Particulate Matter that’s 100 times thinner than a human hair) can help minimize health risks. Face masks and glasses are commonly worn by cyclists to protect against insects in the evening.

Water is essential to cycling and all outdoor activities, always bring a bottle with you. And a flat tire is inevitable, being prepared with a spare tube or patch kit and small air pump can save you a lot of extra walking and time. But if forget your water and repair items while cycling in Seoul, No Worries! You’re never too far from a convenience store or bike shop that can supply your needs, just be sure to triple check you have some money, your ID and transportation card with you!

Bring your camera! There’s always something exciting or interesting to see every day on Seoul’s cycling trails!

Last but not least, take your cellphone with you. It’s important to have a way to call for help in case of emergencies (119 is the nationwide emergency  telephone number).

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Photo: MRobertMarks
  1. Know Your Route:

Korea has done a great job at creating and maintaining cycling and walking trail systems with abundant clear signage, rest stops, and amenities such as drinking water fountains and bathrooms.

Get yourself a bike map. These can be found for free at the district offices, library, tourist information booths, bike rental shops, at the Han river and other places.

A GPS and cellphone map applications are two more tools at your disposal to track your progress and know your location. There are many updated maps of Korea for your portable GPS available for download, and Seoul has WiFi everywhere which makes your cellphone map applications still useful even without data service.

If you become really stuck, there are lots of friendly people along the bike trails willing to help or direct you towards your destination.

Credit: Max (mieum_boy)

  1. Etiquette, Culture and Local Bike Laws:

Seoul and all of Korea are very densely populated, and even at night cycling and walking paths are often crowded; consideration for others can’t be emphasized enough.

A few simple “rules of the road” will prevent complicated problems on the bike paths:

  • Always keep to the far right. Stay off sidewalks.
  • Abide by all traffic signs and lights.
  • Notify your presence when approaching or passing people.
  • Walk your bike when on non-bicycle paths.
  • Unless you are disabled, a child or a senior, never ride your     bicycle in a crosswalk.
  • Be aware of your surroundings – anticipate pedestrians not paying attention, cars that might not notice you, or dogs that are unleashed.

Bicycles are considered a vehicle and therefore are held accountable in accidents in the same manner that a car is accountable. If an accident occurs, take photos and call 119 if necessary for emergency services.

The trails in Seoul are busiest on the weekends and holidays. To avoid the crowds, try planning your rides for the early mornings and weekdays.

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Photo: MRobertMarks
  1. Bikes on Buses and Subways:

By far, the easiest and most affordable way for you to reach the trailhead is by public transportation. Intercity buses will allow you to put the bike in the luggage compartment under the bus.

Bikes are allowed to ride on the subway on weekends and public holidays (although never allowed on line 9). Bicycles are banned during week days on nearly all subway lines, except for non-numbered lines leading out of Seoul which allow bicycles at all times. Bicycles may only be boarded on the first or last train cars.

Avoid taking your bicycle on public transportation during rush hours! It will be difficult to make your way through large crowds and you risk damaging your ride.

At all times, be considerate of others. This is true when riding on the trails, but especially important on public transportation.

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Top 6 Reasons why traveling Seoul is SUPER convenient!

Han river cruise in Seoul

When you travel outside your country, don’t you have to take care of so many things? From small details like currency to important matters such as housing and flight, there are so many factors making you want to throw away your travel plan even before you start packing. In that sense, we can say that Seoul is your perfect vacation place because Seoul is fairly convenient to travel. Make sure you know the 6 reasons why Seoul will make your trip easier, giving you more time to concentrate on the quality of travel.


1. Keep the tip in your pocket!

What a pleasant news for you! In Seoul (and other cities in Korea), you don’t have to pay a tip in most of the restaurants even if you receive nice service. Moreover, the staff do not complain or feel unpleasant when you don’t give them the tip. If you stay at a hotel in Seoul, then you also do not need to give tips to the staff at the hotel as the tip is already included in your room price.

Now since you can save your money for tips, why don’t you go shopping? Of course, you can give the tip if you are satisfied with the service and in fact, it’s advisable to pay tip at fancy restaurants in luxurious hotels.


2. Don’t need to be a math genius to calculate tax!

When you buy something in Seoul, you don’t need to calculate value added tax (VAT) or sales tax on every product. The VAT across the country is the same (about 10%) and it is already included in the final price. In some countries, you have to prepare more money than the price stated on the bill or tag, but you don’t need to do that here in Seoul! Throw away your smartphone calculator and forget all the math work!


3. Numerous free side dishes will enrapture you!

Most of the restaurants in Korea serving Korean dishes give free side dishes for you even when you order only one main dish. Especially when you visit Korean traditional restaurants, you will be shocked by the number of side dishes offered for free. Having many side dishes is a unique part of the Korean culture that dates back to the times of Korean royal court cuisine in Joseon dynasty. At that time, the king was served with 12 side dishes and main dishes. This became a Korean tradition and now there are usually 2 to 12 side dishes along with main dishes served in Korean restaurants. Most of the times, you can ask for more without paying extra money.

Unfortunately, many Western cuisine restaurants in Korea do not offer free side dishes. By the way, water is free in every restaurant, so don’t let yourself dehydrated.

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4. You are not Cinderella, so stay up all night!

If you are a night owl, then Seoul is a perfect city for you to enjoy. Most of stores and restaurants open until 10 PM. Also downtown areas in Seoul such as Hongdae, Gangnam and Itaewon are filled with places open until the first subway train in the morning starts to run next day.

You may think that all you can do at night in Seoul is clubbing but that is not true. You can watch movies even around 3 AM or visit Dongdaemun’s night market which is even livelier than the day time. If you need anything, run to a convenience store. 24 hour open convenience stores are so easy to find in Seoul.


5. The Internet flies like an arrow!

Koreans like to do something fast. So is Internet in Korea. In 2015, a research done by an international cloud platform company showed that Korea ranks the first in the world in average Internet access with 22.2Mbps. (Hong Kong ranks the second with 16.8Mbps.) You can access to this high speed Wi-Fi in most of the restaurants or cafes in Seoul.


6. Seoul’s subway will be your magic carpet!

With 1,300 won (about one dollar) you can go anywhere in Seoul! There are 9  basic lines with 9 additional lines in Seoul. The basic lines (lines 1~9) go through every major places in Seoul city while other 9 lines reach out the vicinity areas of Seoul such as Yongin, Chuncheon and Gimpo (Gyeonggi-do province). Especially, Incheon airport railroad express goes through from Seoul station and Gimpo International airport to Incheon International airport. Unlike buses or taxis, there is no traffic jam that drives you crazy when you take a subway.

And so… just visit Seoul and enjoy to the fullest! 🙂


5 Survial Tips not to get ripped off when using a taxi in Korea


Recently there was an accident in Busan where a Japanese woman was ripped off by a taxi driver. When she asked for a receipt, 39,000 won was written on the sheet while the number on the taximeter was only 19,000 won. She asked the driver about the extra fee, knowing that the extra 20,000 won was added out of nowhere. The driver told her that it was a mistake. Luckily she only had to pay 19,000 won eventually, but she got enraged by how she was mistreated.


If you are a foreigner, unfortunately, it is highly possible that you are exposed to the danger of being ripped off when using a cab. Some taxi drivers think that foreigners are good preys to rip off as they cannot understand Korean. So here are some tips which can prevent you from spending extra money when taking a cab.

taxi61. Check whether the taximeter is on.

Some taxi drivers may not use the taximeter and ask for more money when they take you to the destination. It is illegal to turn off the device and drive the taxi, so check whether the taximeter is on. The basic rates are different from city to city, but the default rate in Seoul is 3,000 won for 2 km; Busan and Jeju are 2,800 won for 2 km.

taxi12. Make sure you ask for a receipt just in case.

When you get off from a cab, tell the driver to print out the receipt. Whether you pay cash or use a credit card, you can get the receipt. On the receipt, various information like the taxi number, company number, distances, and fare is printed. If you have a problem later (for example when you left something at the cab), the receipt will be very helpful.


3. Beware of a surcharge after midnight.

After midnight, most of the public transportation are closed and you probably have to take a cab to get around. However taxi fare increases by 20% if you take a cab after midnight. In other words, if the fee is 10,000 won during the day time, then you have to pay 12,000 won for the same distance during the night. The surcharge is applied from midnight to 4 AM. Also if you go to one city to another, such as from Seoul to Incheon, you have to pay extra 20% of the fare too. And if you take a taxi to go to another city after midnight, you have to pay additional 40 % of the normal fare.


4. Black taxis are Premium Taxis with extra fare.

Sometimes you will see black taxis on the street. They are premium taxis whose drivers are certified by local governments for their safe driving history. However their basic fare is 5,000 won (while other taxis’ are 3,000 won) and pay 200 won for every 178 meters. Even though they are more expensive, they don’t ask for surcharge after midnight.

Seongnam taxis have “성남” sign on the taxis.
Seoul taxis have “서울” or “Seoul” sign on the taxis.

5. Look at the city sign on the taxi to figure out whether it’s a Seoul taxi or not.

If you take a taxi in Seoul, take a look at the city sign of the taxi before you hail one. Even though most of the taxis in Seoul accept customers who want to go somewhere in Seoul, some taxis don’t. It is because those taxis are not from Seoul. They offer ride in Gyeonggi-do province cities in the vicinity of Seoul (like Seongnam) and drive to Seoul only when customers from the cities ask to go Seoul. After the customers get off in Seoul, the taxi drivers look for customers who want to go back to the cities (outside of Seoul) where the taxis are from. Taxis that drive in Seoul have rooftop lights with a word ‘서울(Seoul)’ on. Taxis from Seongnam and other Gyeonggi provinces have indicating signs on the sides or the top of the taxis.