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Korail's Gyeongui Line was opened in 1906, linking Seoul with Pyeongyang, and it was funded by the occupying Japanese to help them fight their war against Russia. Japan built military posts along this railway line, including a large post at the railway's terminal, Yongsan. Following World War II and the division of Korea, the southern controlled line went from Seoul to Kaesong and the northern line from Pyeongyan to Kaesong. After the Korean War, the southern line was truncated even further, now ending at Munsan.
Finally, in the Twenty First Century, the line was again extended north. In the early 2000s, the southern rail line was extended back to the DMZ with a station at Dorasan. In 2004, the line was again extended to Kaesong, with the first passenger trains running in 2007.
In 2009, the Gyeongui Line was upgraded, electrified, and integrated into the Seoul subway system. Large parts of the line in Seoul were moved underground, creating a large linear park in the city.
During a visit to Seoul in 2014, I tried using the Gyeongui Line in the city from Hongdae to Gongdeok. The station at Hongdae was beautiful, with black tile floor and walls and a black ceiling, unfortunately, the air conditioning was not working, so all of the potential passenger were sweating and fanning themselves.. I waited about 20 minutes for a train, which is a painfully long wait for a subway in Seoul, but the signs on the platform had no train times listed. Finally I walked downstairs and saw that the next train was just a few minute away. I walked back up to the platform and past the signs on the doors that indicated where the rear of the train would stop. Finally, the train arrived, but it was a very short train, and it parked at the far end of the platform, too far away for me an most other passenger to run in the minute the train was stopped. I missed this train, after waiting nearly 30 minutes, so I walked back to the regular subway line and quickly caught a train to my destination. What a waste of my time!
Asiana Airlines was founded in 1988 under the name Seoul Air International. Now a member of Star Alliance, Asiana has 84 aircraft that fly to 98 cities in 28 countries. Since 2009, Asiana has earned numerous airline industry awards including best airline in the world multiple times. Asiana Airlines aircraft are recognizable by their distinctive red, yellow and blue tales.
Nice paved trails on both sides of the river
it is certainly possible to ride a bike in Seoul, but don't expect nice bike lanes or paths! The best place to ride is along the Han River in downtown where you will find twin trails that extend about 10 miles across the city, on each side of the river. Many of the bridges have pedestrian walkways so you can easily cross from one side of the river to the other. A few of the other parks also have bicycle paths, but not to this extent.
Within the city, I would think riding a bike would be similar to any major city in America (such as LA or NYC). In 2003/2004 I had never seen anyone take a bike on the subway in Seoul, but as of 2014, the city now allows bikes on weekends, and they even installed narrow ramps in the stations, so you can push your bike on the stairs.
If you intend to ride your bike for sightseeing, you might be better off using the public transportation... The subways are very cheap & easy, taxis are dirt cheap as well. You won't find a lot of bike racks to park your bike, because Koreans just don't ride all that much.
Korean Air is South Korea's largest airline and one of the top 20 airlines in the world. Its hub location is at Incheon International Airport, and its maintenance facilities are at Gimhae Airport in Busan. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Korean Air suffered a number of fatal accidents, but since then, it's reputation has improved as its safety record rebounded.
Do not take a Taxi from Incheon to Seoul unless you are in a hurry or have lots of extra money. There are frequent city buses to all parts of Seoul that only cost 12,000 won ($9) rather than 45,000 Won for a taxi (including the 7,000 Won toll). The buses go to many major hotels and tourist areas. If the bus doesn't go where you need to be, just take the bus to Seoul Station and take a local taxi (5,000 Won or less for most trips) or the subway (1150 Won within the city).
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Namsan Cable Car is one of the most convenient ways to get to Namsan, though probably not as rewarding as just walking up the small mountain. The short cable car ride take you to the top the Namsan, the highest point in Seoul, with views over the city in most directions.
The cable car runs from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm and costs 6,000 Won one way or 8,000 Won round trip.
From Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4) take Exit 3 up the big hill! Approximately 10 minutes walking distance from subway if you are a healthy Korean adult; plan for 20 minutes if you are an average American!
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Incheon Airport is the gateway to Korea. It is located an hour west of Seoul, on an island outside of Incheon. Incheon is a beautiful, modern airport that opened in 2002, just in time for the World Cup. Incheon's 35 million passengers per year makes it the eighth busiest airport in the world.
The airport has been named the world's best airport each year from 2005-2012. Its features include an ice rink, on-site spa, a small movie theater, free shower facilities, a library, and a multitude of restaurants and duty free shops. There is also a free shuttle to nearby golf courses and a casino.
To get from Incheon Airport to Seoul take a bus, taxi, or the new subway line called AREX. The distance from Seoul to the airport is just 30 miles, but plan on about an hour no matter which mode of transport you choose.
AREX Station - Incheon
The newest line in Incheon is the Arex (Airport Express) line which runs from Seoul Station to the Incheon Airport, making transportation to and from the new airport cheap and easy! The future of this high-speed route will be a train directly to Seoul Station from the Airport, taking about 45 minutes and costing 8,000 Won. Local service will also be available, making more stops, but costing jest a few thousand Won. The Arex also has a stop at the Incheon Line making local transportation to and from Incheon simple, too.
The Seoul City Tour Bus is a convenient way to get your bearings and see all of the major sights in Seoul. For one price of 10,000 Won, you can get a ticket for a full day of unlimited rides. The bus stops at about 15 major sites in the downtown area including two palaces; the markets of Dongdaemun and Namdaemun; the shopping areas of Myeongdong, Itaewon, and Insadong; the Blue House (President's home); and both Yongsan and Seoul Stations. The bus also stops at about 15 of Seoul's largest hotels. The whole route takes about two hours if you do not get off the bus. You could easily make this an all-day sightseeing event if you get off the bus at your favorite attractions and take photos or shop. With an all-day ticket you can get on and off the bus as often as you wish.
Seoul City Tour Bus stops have English signs and are painted with a distinctive blue and red design. At any stop, just pay the driver, and he will issue your ticket. Buses run from 0900 to 2100.
Seoul bus from a Seoul cab
The buses are an easy and cheap way to get around Seoul... if you can figure out the system. Normally buses cost only 700 Won. If you don't speak Hangul, many list the major stops in English on the side of the bus. Bus 82 goes from Itaewon to Myeongdong and Bus 23 runs between Itaewon and City Hall.
Phone: 1330 for free all-language info
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