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Seoul has a large network of roads and bridges and it can get complicated to drive around. A river intersects the city at around it's center and parallel along it's banks are two expressways with at least four or five lanes on both directions. Connecting these two highways are at least sixteen bridges. Despite this, the traffic is very heavy especially during the rush hour period (7am-9am and 5pm-8pm) and during weekends. There are just so many cars.
As a rule, you should drive along the middle of the lane because the side lanes are either for turning left or right. In fact, for wider lanes, the leftmost lane is strictly for making a U turn if the intersection permits it. Hence, you have to be conscious of the signs on the road pavement.
On the other hand, if you wish to go to a place across the river, you have to be aware of what bridge to take. However, these bridges look very similar but the entrances from the expressways are not. Some bridges may not even have a direct exit into the highway or the highway may not have any exit to a particular bridge. It's best you bring a map that distinctly shows the bridges and it's names.
Written May 31, 2007
While traveling in Seoul, you may have been intrigued by the beeping sounds as people touched a sensor with their wallets, bags or even mobile phone rings when getting on or off the bus or subway. A card called T-money can be used to get fare discounts when transferring from a subway to a bus, or vice versa. T-money users can also save more money by benefiting from a fare discount for transfers. You can have your T-money card recharged at almost any vendor location. So, if you are in Seoul and rely heavily on mass transportation, or if you’ll spend a lot of time in the city, consider purchasing a T-money card for convenient and economical travel.
Written Sep 12, 2006
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Passenger trains operated by the Korean National Railroad are fast, reliable and very inexpensive by international standars.
Korea’s new high-speed train (called the KTX) is new high-speed train has been designed to reach speeds of 350 km per hour. It currently operates around 300 Km per hour, cutting travel time almost in half. In the past, traveling by train to Busan took approximately four hours and ten minutes. Thanks to KTX, the travel time for this trip is reduced to two hours and forty minutes.
Written Sep 12, 2006
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 oy NYC). I have never seen anyone take a bike on the subway in Seoul, but maybe on the train if you want to ride in the country.
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.
Updated Sep 14, 2004
Ok, if you take the public transportation around Seoul, which is often the best way to go. There is a combination card that is wonderful to have. It is called a T card, and you can get them at almost any bank. It is exactly like the Hong Kong cards, for those who have been there. For those who haven't here is how it works.
First, pick up the card at a bank. The card costs about 5000 Won and you will want to put at least 10,000 Won on it. After that it works like a debit card for public transportation, and at some convenience stores. I use it to buy Coffee at the 7-11 near work. You can scan in for the bus or the subway just like the locals do. And a lot of times for a much cheaper rate. The bus costs 500 won with the card, and 700 won if paying in cash. Over time it adds up, and the time saved is absolutely worth it.
Written Jul 19, 2004
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