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Why is the subway in Seoul so cheap?

The price for riding a subway system has little to do with the cost of operating it, and more to do with how much the government is prepared to subsidize it and the government's attempts at load ...
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Photographable location from "Gangnam Style" music video

The whole point of the song is to mock Gangnam poseurs, and some of the humor in the video comes from showing Psy somewhere that turns out to be a rather some ordinary, unglamorous place— a ...
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Why is the subway in Seoul so cheap?

I think that you just have an unconscious expectation that the subway systems of advanced Western countries must necessarily be better than others. The fact is, that they aren't as essential to ...
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Is 6 hours transit time enough to see something of Seoul?

You don't indicate what time of day you will arrive and depart, but Incheon Airport offers a series of free Transit Tours of varying lengths and departing at various times of the day. The shorter ...
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Why is the subway in Seoul so cheap?

Remember that in many places (especially in Western Europe), most users will not use single fare tickets but monthly passes instead. In Paris for instance, even though the cheapest ticket is 1.49 € ($...
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Do tickets for these Korean trains have to be booked in advance?

Do tickets for these Korean trains have to be booked in advance? Apparently not, according to The Man in Seat 61: You can buy tickets at the station, but trains are busy on Fridays and Sunday ...
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Do tickets for these Korean trains have to be booked in advance?

I'm a South Korean, so I guess I can give you the appropriate answer The ITX is neither a fast train, nor a train that runs between Seoul and Busan. You just need to consider buying KTX ticket. ...
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Chinatown in Seoul

Seoul has two 'real' Chinatowns: 1) Garibong-dong (가리봉동), down the hill from near Guro (구로) stn exit 3. This is the larger of the two, and insular to the point that not many Koreans, much less other ...
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How full are KTX trains between Seoul and Busan usually?

Usually, in my experience if you travel during the regular weekday and not on a weekend, during Seolal (Lunar New Year) or Chuseok (Harvest Moon Festival) there are several seats available between ...
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Booking a JR Shinkansen train ticket in Seoul

Short answer: You can't. (Sensibly, anyway.) JR is not a single company, but whole bunch of them, and their integration is less than stellar. The Tokaido Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kyoto is ...
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Do tickets for these Korean trains have to be booked in advance?

I've been to Korea with some friends two years ago and we could simply buy the tickets at the station. Most stations will understand English, and the ones you are going to should. Smaller/less ...
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Why is the subway in Seoul so cheap?

Part of the difference will be the overall standard of living and wage rates. Comparing wage rates is tricky (mean or median?, accounting for the cost of living, whether to deduct taxes & social ...
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Is the Han River in Seoul clean enough for kayaking?

The answer is likely to be yes. For starters, kayaking on the Han river is a commonly practised water-sport both by local clubs, and by tourists with organised tours. Park authorities even rent kayaks ...
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What were the loud sirens I heard in South Korea?

I think there is explanation of your question http://guidetokorea.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/air-raid-sirens-in-seoul-no-cause-for-alarm/ the siren will most likely only ever be a test out here. ...
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What time does the Seoul subway system open in the morning?

While the operation starts from 05:30 to 24:00 approximately, the actual timetable differs among different stations. You can check out each station's timetable at the official subway website, for ...
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Is 6 hours transit time enough to see something of Seoul?

I don't think you'd have much time- it's about one hour to downtown by train (they say 43 minutes, but they run 10-20 minutes apart), and of course you'd have to transit customs and immigration both ...
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Travel from Incheon International Airport (Seoul) to Daejeon?

Take the Airport Railroad to Seoul Station and from there a "Mugunghwa" train to Daejeon. The "all stop" train (1 hour journey) from the airport to Seoul costs 3950 KRW. There is ...
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Is it possible to make a day-trip to a beach, from Seoul?

Generally, the most popular tourist destination for beaches are located on East and South coast of Korea. With some minor exceptions, I'd avoid West coast in general because most of their beaches look ...
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How common are credit cards in Seoul? What types?

I went to Seoul in summer 2015 and I could use my Visa everywhere. I cannot tell if there are some places which will reject your mastercard, most likely there will be but I've stayed there for a month ...
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Will I Have Problems with July Air Quality in Seoul?

Seoul actually has pretty good air quality for a large metropolitan area in a valley. In general, you shouldn't worry about air pollution there aside from specific local events or occurrences - ...
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How far do taxis from Incheon Airport go?

You probably want to ride the Airport bus from the ICN to Dongducheon (#7001)- the closest town to Yeoncheon, and take a taxi from there. It will save you time, money, and headaches. ::EDIT:: I am ...
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Would people in Seoul be bothered by a big baggage in the subway/bus?

No, you don't need to buy a separate ticket. It is very common to see tourists carry a large baggage in public transport, especially the train from and to the airport. There are always some people ...
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How to get to ICN airport in Seoul for 0830 flight at Saturday?

The first AREX airport express from Seoul station leaves at 6:00 AM, arriving at 6:43. The service is reliable and ICN is a very efficient airport, so this should be plenty of time to check in for ...
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Where can I buy authentic cheongsachorong (청사초롱) - traditional lanterns - in Seoul?

While I couldn't locate any permanent shops online, there's one event where you can certainly get a lantern: Seoul Lantern Festival. It's an annual festival held every November in Seoul. The official ...
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Date Limitation of Low Fares in Far East

Yes, it is usual, at least in Japan. Note that even in Europe you can't book too early. Although regular airlines such as JAL and ANA operate on a similar schedule than other international airlines (...
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Jjimjilbang in Korea

You shouldn't go to Boryeong just to visit JimJilBang.. there are hundreds and thousands of JimJilBang in SK. In Seoul, I recommend 'Spa rex' which is located right next to 'DongDaeMoon history and ...
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Seoul Station to Hongdae at 1-2 AM

Depending on what time you get to Seoul station, you can: Catch the metro from Seoul Station > City Hall station > Hongik University station. I believe the last subway is at 12:45am-ish. You can ...
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Korea: Visa required to go to the city while in transit in Seoul for a Philippine citizen?

Visa is NOT required to transit through Incheon Airport (Seoul) for Nationals of the Philippines, under the following conditions: Participate in the Transit Tourism Program (Advertised as free, but ...
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Chinatown in Seoul

According to this blog, there is a "gigantic authentic unofficial Chinatown" in Seoul near "Guro-go": The address is: Yenbian Street: Garibong-dong, Guro-gu
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Checking in a new bag during a layover

The same questions showed up in TripAdvisor, and on FlyerTalk even though not with the same airport or airline. In TripAdvisor one traveler mentions he checked a new bag during a stop in Amsterdam ...
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