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How to conquer the Seoul Metro(subway) when traveling in Korea! (w/ Free wifi)

Amazing Seoul Metro!

The Tripadvisor has chosen to ride the Seoul subway in Korea, one of the must-haves for tourists. As such, Seoul Metro system provides a surprising variety of services to foreigners. You can use free Wi-Fi and a convenient transportation system when you ride the Seoul subway. And you can feel a pleasant cooling and heating system by using the Seoul subway, so It can be very modern and also become the center of city life.

How to conquer the Seoul Metro(subway)

However, the subways in Seoul are so complicated and big that the name Seoul Metro looks good on it. If you use public transportation in Seoul enough, you can get to anywhere you want. So, how can foreigners get active use of the subways in Seoul? The best way is to use Active maps provided by Seoul Metro and Googlemaps.

How to use this map is simple.

  1. First, you choose an area to travel to in Seoul, and then you find a nearby subway station using Google Maps.

  2. And you can check the names of subway stations in your chosen area and check the distance with an Active map provided by Seoul Metro.

The Active map provided by Seoul Transportation Corporation provides specific information on the minimum route, shortest route, and minimum transit route, when entering the departing and arriving station.

For example, let's say you should move from Seoul Station to Dongdaemun Station. In the ARV box, you enter Dongdaemun Station. And then in DPT box, you enter the Seoul station. However, when entering a word, the first character must be typed in capital letter.

(EX) seoulstation (X) ▶ Seoulstation (O)

This map automatically tells you the fastest route because it is already marked [Fastest]. In addition, the map shows you the estimated travel time and the fare (Various fare and discount). This map also shows you in detail how many times to transfer, and when the last train is.

-------------------- HOW TO USE WIFI IN S.KOREA --------------------

Wi-Fi is essential to use this system.

Since such transportation systems can be used on the Internet, it is advisable for foreigners to prepare a pocket Wi-Fi or Data roaming system before traveling in Korea. If you don't prepare them, you can use the free Wi-Fi provided by Seoul Metro.

(1) Klook klook

I often use this wesite when I prepare to travel abroad. Because I can get a portable Wi-Fi machine or a data simcard from each city at local airport. I can use the Internet conveniently and buy it cheaply.

(2) Preparing Wi-Fi / Data Sim card at Korean Airport

At Korean airports, foreigners can rent Wi-Fi and buy data Simcard for foreigners.

(3) Use the free Wi-Fi provided by Seoul City. KOTA

Through KOTA, you can find out where you can get free Wi-Fi service in public places in Korea. It provides a free Wi-Fi location available not only in Seoul but also in all Korean cities.

Ah, here's the good news. You could use the free WiFi on the Korean subways. However, since free Wi-Fi was only available at slower speeds and by Korean Telecome services, there were many inconveniences for foreigners to use Wi-Fi. Starting in 2016, Seoul government has decided to put a lot of money into making up for this!


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