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SURVIVAL TIP: All about taking the Korean Trains

To travel from city to city in Korea, taking a train is probably the most safest and the best way as a foreigner.

There are several types of trains in Korea.

1. Regular Trains


a) KTX : It’s the fastest train in Korea. By taking this train, it takes less than 3 hours from Seoul to Busan. Although the train fee is expensive, you can save time with high quality seats. If you go to Busan from Seoul by Mugunghwa train or a car, it takes more than 5 hours.


Vlog Entry #17: Hey Seoul Sister

I would apologize for the obvious song choice, but I don’t want to! ‘Couldn’t help myself!

Daegu Chicken and Beer Festival 대구 치맥 페스티벌

There are countless festivals for every season in Korea, but some of them stand out more than others. When I first heard that there was a chicken and beer festival I knew I had to go! We only live an hour by train from Daegu so we decided to make the trek and meet up with a few friends that we don’t get to see very often! Actually this video is what sold me on going. They even had a theme song and dance! How can you resist a summer day with cold beer, fried chicken, and silly dances?!

Railbikin' It in Samcheok

Not many would know what to do with a set of abandoned railroad tracks, useless mountain tunnels, and a stretch of coastal scenery.  Yet, the folks in Samcheok, a city located on the eastern coast of Korea, found themselves with these seemingly purposeless components and turned them into a clever tourist destination.  Leave it to the Koreans to create something from nothing.  

The Samcheok Ocean Railbike offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the beautiful vistas of Korea's eastern shoreline and the East Sea (or, to the rest of the world, The Sea of Japan).  My friend Marie and I were scheduled to take a ride on the railbikes while filming "Railroads" for Arirang TV's "Top 10 Korea" last month.

All Aboard the Korean Wine Train

Recently, I signed on to film an episode of "Top 10 Korea" with Arirang TV.  I've spent the past few weekends traveling to destinations around Korea that have some sort of relation to railroads, the theme of the episode.  I'm positively certain that I will end up looking like an idiot on international television, but despite that, it has been a really fun experience so far.

The Japan Rail Pass

Japan was a wonderful whirlwind.  I went to 6 cities in 8 days.  It was crazy, and busy, and jam packed and really amazing.

I honestly would not have been able to see as much as I did without the Japan Rail Pass.  It is awesome!  It's pretty expensive, but if you're going to travel all over Japan it's totally worth it.  As much as I saw it definitely paid for itself.  It's hard to know exactly how much I would've spent on trains since my tickets didn't have prices on them, but I've read the pass pays for itself in one round trip between Tokyo and Osaka. 

The Sterotypical Seoul Day

...or maybe not.  Maybe it's the kind of day that people like me, who only visit Seoul, want to have or do have because just being there is a special occasion.  Or maybe it's just the kind of day I wish was the norm.

 Either way, this past Sunday, I had one of those great, easy, sunny, fun visits to a big city that isn't mine.

My friend Sam and I had only a few days earlier, had decided to sacrifice some money, and also some sleep, to go to see Morrissey play on Sunday, in Seoul. 

For those of you wondering "Who is Morrissey?"-

Once old train station, Now open air art gallery

Why do we Hate Christmas Songs?


Gangchon Station – 강촌역

The iconic and now disused Gangchon Station in Gangwon-do Korea, the destination of choice for weekending university students for decades. This train station was the arrival and departure point for many of these alcohol fueled weekends. Now disused and empty, the station stands waiting for who know’s what will happen to it next.

Gangchon has a special place in the memory of many, if not every, university student to have studied in Seoul. For decades the small town was the destination of choice for university students when they took the weekend excursions, either with friends or on faculty MT, or training weekends.

The train is coming

Faster Than a Speeding...

 On a crisp December morning, two travelers set out from Busan Station in search of adventure in the north. We watched the giant neon ticker for our signal to board. Efficiency is everything at this train station, and punctuality is key.

Five hours on a Mugunghwa - and four dirty secrets to train traveling

Life in Korea: subway and train lockers, whether blue, yellow, or white

A note to my wonderful veteran expat readers: 'Life in Korea' posts are aimed primarily at the newer expats among us. Think of these like the 'Idiot's Guide' books - an introduction for some, a review for others. If I missed something or you can clarify, comment away!

So you're at the subway station or train station and don't want to carry your backpack / heavy purse / manbag with you while you go exploring. Lockers are available in virtually every subway station, along with most train or bus stations, but some of the newer system are a little... funky.

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