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Seoul

South Korea (Asia)


Date of opening15 Aug 1974
Network length326.5 km (202.92 mi)
Stations302 (260*)
Lines9
Stations per line33.56
Avg. station distance1,114 m (0.69 mi)
Avg. line length36.28 km (22.55 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 4 Nov 2012
Only metro section.
System typemetro (known as Subway)
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)6.9 million (2012)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)21,100 (13,100)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)0.54 EUR (2009); smartcard
24-hour operationNo
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyOverhead wire, 1500 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trainsNo
Driverless linesNo
Platform screen doorsLines 2 and 9, planned for all lines by 2010
World Metro Database




Official map
Source: zip/jpg, © 2010 smrt.co.kr


To-scale map
Source: cityrailtransit.com

Disclaimer: Maps are copyrighted. The previews on this page are for informational purposes only. Please respect copyright and always refer to original maps.




Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

In addition to the different subway systems in Seoul, make sure to take a look at the Incheon subway and the automated LRT systems in the adjacent cities of Ujeongbu (a VAL line) and Yongin (identical to the Vancouver SkyTrain).





Other Rail Transport in Seoul

Korail
Line 9




Metro City Hopping

There are rapid transit connections between these metro cities:

  Seoul    Lines 1, 7, Suin, or Airport Rail (metro)    Incheon
  Seoul    Line 1 (metro)    Uijeongbu
  Seoul    Seoul's Bundang Line (metro)    Yongin




Relationships with Other Metros

Japanese-Korean family
Members: Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Fukuoka, Gwangju, Incheon, Kobe, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, Seoul, Tokyo, Yokohama,
Characteristics: Unadorned, clean and solid station design, often using coloured plates. Majority are run by Japan Railways Group, other trains mostly derived from those.





Metro Fonts

Typefaces designed exclusively for this metro:

Font NameDesignerYearSampleAvailabilityReference
Korail/ unknown designerca. 2003asiafont.comtypophile.com




Circle Lines

Shared circle - Line 2 - 48.8 km - 43 stations - round trip 84 minutes - opened 1978 - completed 1984.
Terminal loop - Line 6 - 6 stations - unidirectional.




Departure Procedure and Sounds

Some trains have buzzing noises (completely different than Paris) that sound like "le-le-le-le-le-le-le-le-le-le" until the doors close. Some just have a conductor standing outside and the conductor closes the doors when nobody in in the way. Next-station announcements in Korean and English.





Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

2001: My Sassy Girl, the action starts on a subway train.
2001: Take Care of My Cat
2002: Oasis
2003: Oldboy
2003: Tube, thriller set largely on a subway.




Handpicked Resources

seoulmetro.co.kr Official website Seoul Metro (lines 1-4)
metro9.co.kr Official website Metro9
smrt.co.kr Official website SMRT (lines 5-8)



Generated Links for Seoul Subway

Line history (cityrailtransit.com)
Photos (images.google.com)
Maps (images.google.com)
Wikipedia entry (wikipedia.org)
Urbanrail.net entry (urbanrail.net)
Skyscrapercity discussion (skyscrapercity.com)
City information about Seoul (wikipedia.org)






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