Thoughts of a relentless mind

Roaming around in South Korea

Even after spending 5 months in Korea, I still couldn’t figure out how to check for the bus that I need to take. Google Maps helps me to some extent. But even that is not sufficient since majority of the names are in Korean language. Google Maps even suggests the appropriate bus route, a great boon for non-Korean speaking folks.

If you’re not able to figure out the right bus to take, you have no other option but to use a taxi. Taxi fare in Korea is very cheap compared to Europe. I don’t remember a single instance where I had to pay more than 6000 Won (around $5 to $6), and I have used the taxi here a lot.

One tip for non-Korean folks who intend to use taxi in Korea. Always carry the address of the destination address in Korean language. I always carry a number of business and visiting cards of colleagues, restaurants and other shops. Quite helpful when dealing with taxi drivers.

It’s always helpful to carry the T-Money card in South Korea. This is a prepaid card which can be bought from the local GS25 stores or in the subway station. You can load some money onto this card and use this for travel in bus and metro. Using raw cash for travel is a real pain and you’ll struggle to find out where to get the ticket in the subway station. If you wish to use the bus service using local currency, you need to drop certain amount in the money-holder machine next to the driver seat. AFAIK the max amount is 1000 Won. Consider yourself lucky if the bus driver understands whatever you ask him in English 🙂


21/06/2011 - Posted by | Travel | , , , ,

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