Master the Seoul Subway – Veteran Tips for Seoul’s Subway – Seoulistic

Master the Seoul Subway – Veteran Tips for Seoul’s Subway

[New Comer Quick Tip] – Master the Seoul Subway with Line-Specific Maps

The Seoul subway system is extensive and convenient, but it can sometimes be confusing. There’s so many subway lines in Korea, and for many places you’ll have to find a transfer point. Fear not, the Seoul subway system has made it extremely easy for veterans and new comers to Korea alike to see where to transfer. Just look at any subway map, ubiquitous in all subway stations in Korea, and play a game of connect the dots.

But the Seoul subway has made it even more convenient for subway riders. There are line-specific maps (see picture above), different than the subway maps that show the entire Seoul subway system. These are only found on the platforms of subway stations. These specialty maps will show you the most efficient way to transfer, telling you which train car to get in so that you’ll have the easiest and quickest transfer. It’ll even tell you how long it’ll take to your destination so you can figure out how many rounds of Bejeweled you can squeeze in!

Tip 1: These line-specific maps are only found on the protective walls separating the train from the platform.
Tip 2: Not sure which train car you’re in front of? Just look down!
Tip 3: The subways will announce major commuter stops in English, Japanese and Chinese.

Language Tip:
환승 (hwanseung) means “transfer”
갈아타다 (garatada) means “to transfer”

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. Teh says:

    Hi, I don’t understand train car#9 and door #3 … Could you explain more about it? Thanks.

  2. Gillian says:

    WOW…I didn’t realise these line-specific maps contained so much information. I’ve seen these many times before but never paid much attention. Thanks for this awesome tip 🙂

  3. ahuva says:

    Hi, I also want to ask the same question as Teh did. car#9 and door #3 … Could you explain more about it? Thank you

    • YANG says:

      Hey ahuva,

      Car #9 means the ninth car from the front of the train, and door #3 means the third door from the front of the car. So, 9-3 means ninth car from the front, third door from the front of the ninth car. Hope this helped!

  4. Steve Cathers says:

    Question: How much time is allowed for a free transfer from subway lines or from bus to subway? Is there time to shop or get a bite to eat?

  5. ankur says:

    Now friends we here and play this game play bejeweled 3 free such a world famous game.

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