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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 balancing different types of public transport. For example the London Underground has lots of long lines with overloading problems on the center of those lines, and ...


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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 neighborhood playground instead of an elite resort, a public bath instead of the pool at a fancy sports club, the subway instead of an excusive nightclub, etc. It would ...


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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 civilized life there as some other places and actually get way less love. For comparison the Moscow subway: costs 0.6 USD (https://www.rbth.com/travel/326613-how-to-...


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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 tours are within the city of Incheon, which is a major city in its own right, whereas some of the longer 4- and 5-hour tours are of sights and sites in Seoul. While ...


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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 € ($1.66, ticket t+ bought as a carnet of 10 on a Navigo contactless card, valid for travel on the whole metro network, RER inside Paris, Buses and Trams, no ...


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Historically Seoul has had a number of issues with drinking water. Most recently the issue wasn't the water itself, but the pipes that delivered it, which many people claimed introduced contaminates. I can still remember being told by someone I was working with there about 10 years ago that the water was safe to drink in my hotel, but not in their office ...


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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 evenings, so buying in advance is a good idea. Trains are also busy around the two main 3-day national holidays, the lunar new year and Chuseok (meaning ...


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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. Unless you plan to take a train between Friday evening and Sunday evening, buying a ticket after you arrive at Korea won't be a problem. But I recommend you to buy ...


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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 tourists, venture here. It's also under threat from a giant redevelopment project that's been imminent for several years, but I was unable to find any ...


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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 Seoul and Busan.


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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 operated by JR Central (Tokai). While they do offer an online booking service, it's -- rather incredibly -- a paid, members-only service that requires registration ...


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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 touristic ones like the station in Mokpo will have some issues with English but nothing too big to not be able to buy tickets. Be aware that: Normally you will get ...


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This is what it says on the official Seoul tourist site: Trains run non-stop from approximately 5:30 am until midnight. The official Seoul Metro site has train times and states they start operating at 5:35 and finish at 00.45.


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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 security). But as a rough indication, look at this: The minimum wage in the Republic of Korea is ₩8,350 (approximately US$7.20). The minimum wage in the ...


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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 ways, as well as security. Here is the train schedule.


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Here are 2 sample companies organizing these trips as a group tour: Koridoor Panmunjom There are several different places to see, such as the DMZ with its fences, some tunnels and the border crossings of course. Because of the many different combination of locations that you can see in a half-day or full-day course, the prices also vary a lot, between 40-...


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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. Check the time if you do hear it. 11am or 2pm on the dot are generally the test times. The siren will last 2-3 minutes then stop.


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You can take the Seoul City Night Tour. This is a non expensive city tour that departs at 8pm all days except mondays and city holidays. The problem is that you won't see all main city sightseeing, but it will give you an idea of the city. If you are looking for something more interesting (and expensive) a friend was very happy with the night tour of I love ...


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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 example in the case of Dongdaemun. On weekday, First train starts 05:19 (down) or 05:31 (up), and Last train starts 24:49 (down) or 24:58 (up).


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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 an express train doing the journey in 30 minutes. It costs 8000 KRW. http://english.arex.or.kr/jsp/eng/information/use_information.jsp The train from Seoul top Daejeon (journey ...


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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 out. Now, the water quality of the Han river has been radically improving since governmental efforts began making it a priority in 1982. The most recent ...


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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 like this: I know one of your primary concerns is proximity of the destination via public transportation, but what you must know is that Korea has one of the ...


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I've never come across a country where ATM fees varied depending on the location of the ATM. Whilst it's certainly possible that there exist some "private" ATMs in various airports that charge more, but the normal bank-operated ATMs will charge exactly the same fees and give exactly the same exchange rate through-out the country. Specific to Seouls Incheon ...


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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 - standing in central Gangnam in rush hour isn't recommended but I guess you wouldn't stand in Manhattan rush hour traffic either. There are occasionally issues with ...


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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 and I could pay and withdraw money without any issue. As far as I know, Koreans have plenty of credit cards and they use it on daily basis so you should not ...


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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 sorry that I did not carefully read your question. There is a way to get there. You can use what is referred to as "콜택시" and reserve a ride with a fixed price. ...


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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 who are annoyed with it, but they are not the majority. If you care about those 10% people you can do nothing. The more hassle is that it is common that you are ...


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1) Food prices as of 2012, near colleage in Seoul: Cafeteria in a college : 2,000 ~ 4,000 KRW (run by city/government has lower price) Local food resturant for student near a college : 4,000 ~ 6,000 KRW Franchise restaurant : 5,000 ~ 10,000 KRW (near college in rural area will be lower about 500 ~ 1,000 KRW) 2) Housing prices : very differentiated by ...


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There is a store in Itaewon called DMZ. The guy there sells pretty much everything an if something is not available in the shop he can get it for you within hours. I was there recently and can confirm that he sells these boots. Someone even made a video how to find this shop, and you can watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqKEQ6B2b6s It is not ...


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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 (i.e., tickets go on sale about a year in advance) for international routes, low-cost airlines operate on a tighter schedule. For example, Summer 2015 tickets at ...


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