Use of Korean Bus Services
Author: Mr. Sanzhar Kerimbek
Those who come to Korea for a short period of time, may want to see all interesting spots of Korean capital once and quickly. The easiest way to do this using the bus tour – Seoul city bus tour.
These tourist buses ply in many tourist cities around the world, and Seoul is no exception. Its convenience is that you can buy a ticket for one of the routes (which are usually circular) and in 2 or 3 hours you can see all the main attractions of the city. The ticket is valid for a whole day, so it is possible to reach a definite stop – to see one or the other point of interest more closely, and then take another tour bus and continue the trip without buying a new ticket.
There are several types of tour buses:
• Daily route to the royal palaces (bus floor) from 9:00 to 20:00 (cost ₩ 12,000)
• Daytime panoramic route on the double-decker open-top bus from 9:30 to 17:00 (cost ₩ 15,000)
• Night route at 19:30 (20:00 in summer). Price ₩ 12,000 on a double-decker bus and ₩ 6,000 regular one.
The ticket is purchased for a specific route and cannot be used on other routes. Tickets can be purchased on the square in front of the palace of Gyeongbokgung (on the left side, if you stand to the gate of Gwanghwamun and monument to King Sejong).
There is an audio guide available in several languages such as English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Monday is not working day.
Buses leave from the Gwanghwamun subway station (Gwanghwamun), exit 6. To look up at the map:
The official website (in English) of Seoul city bus tour.
In addition to the route stated above, there are also a great tourist route for the main cultural sites of Seoul (double decker bus) and route in Gangnam (single-decker).
Map of a large bus route for Seoul. To book tickets for cultural tourist route price will be ₩ 15,000, through online booking – ₩ 14,000.
Website (in English) of buses touring at Gangnam. Price ₩ 7,000.
Disclaimer: This article was submitted by Mr. Sanzhar Kerimbek for Write for KISA programme. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of KAIST International Students Association (KISA). For more details visit the Write for KISA page.