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Encyclopedia > Seoul Subway
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The Seoul Metropolitan Subway is one of the most heavily used subway systems in the world, with over 4 million trips per day on the system's nine lines. The system serves Seoul and surrounding Gyeonggi Province, with a connection to the Incheon subway system. Ticket prices start at 900 won for a trip upto 12km, with 100 won added for each 6km after that.



Subways are operated by three different organisations:


The KNR and the forerunner of the SMSC began operating Line 1 in 1974. Lines 2, 3, and 4 followed in the late 1970s and 1980s. The SMRTC was formed in 1994 to take over operation of Lines 5 through 8.


Looking down a subway train tube.

The subway lines and their operators are as follows:

New construction

  • Line 9 is planned to run from Gimpo and Gimpo Airport (connecting to Line 5) along the south bank of the Han river. It will interchange with Line 2 at Dangsan, Line 5 at Yeouido, Line 4 at Dongjak and Lines 3 and 7 at Express Bus Terminal station. It will terminate at Pangi-dong in the east. Construction of the first phase between Gimpo and Banpo began in 2002 and is due to be completed in late 2007.
  • Line 3 will be extended south from Suseo to Garak Market and Ogeum, interchanging with lines 8 and 5 respectively, by 2009.
  • It is planned to extend the Bundang line north from Solleong to Wangshimni, and south to Yongin, by 2008.
  • Line 7 will be extended in the west 9.8km from Onsu to meet Incheon Subway line 1 at Pupyong-gu Office. Nine new stations will be added by 2010.

See also

External links

  • Korean National Railroad (http://www.korail.go.kr/ROOT/main-top.top?lang=eng)
  • Seoul Metropolitan Subway Corporation (http://www.subwayworld.co.kr/english/index.htm)
  • Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation (http://www.smrt.co.kr/english/index.jsp)
  • UrbanRail.net's Seoul Subway page (http://www.urbanrail.net/as/seou/seoul.htm)



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