Railway Service in Korea

Korean Express Train, KTX

Korea Train Express map in 2012

Korean Train Express (KTX) is South Korea's high-speed rail system, operated by Korail. Construction began on the first
section of the railway line in 1992. The project was later split into two phases and combined with conventional line upgrades,
adding a second route from Seoul to Mokpo. The system's technology is largely based on the French TGV/LGV system,
but domestic development based on transferred technology began early. In April, 2004, KTX services were launched.
After missing forecasts and running deficits in the first year, KTX increased market share, transporting over 100,000
passengers daily and making a profit for Korail since 2007. In November, the Seoul-Busan line entered in full service.
Source: Wikipedia

KTX high-speed train departure for Seoul at Busan station 釜山駅

Busan station plaza and a train ticket office

Busan KTX station

(L) The KTX locomotive is similar to that of French TGV. (R) Jacobs bogies:
Instead of being underneath a piece of rolling stock, Jacobs bogies are placed between two-car body sections.
The cars on either side spread their weight on one-half of the device.

(L) A departure board at Busan station (R) KTX offers two classes: First Class ( as shown in this photo ) and Standard Class.

Singyeongju KTX Station completed in November 2010 新慶州駅
A new station building and railway track

(L) Hall of the Singyeongju KTX Station
(M) Automatic vending machine to distribute a free mineral water for the First-class passengers
(R) Interior of the First-class vehicle

Singyeongju KTX Station departure board and platform

KTX train had a brief stop at East station.

Many high-raised condominiums are observed near the urban district. The express train arrived at KTX Seoul terminal.

Seoul KTX station ソウル駅

Plateform and express train at Seoul KTX station

(L) Old Seoul station was expanded throughout the post-Korean war era, and a new terminal next to the existing one
was completed in 2004, in coincide with the augmentation of KTX high-speed rail service.
(R) A high-speed KTX train is waiting for a departure at Seoul station.

Seoul station: The main entrance and airport express train entrance

Gyeongju station is located in the city centre, and is served by 7 direct, but slow, Seamaeul trains per day from Seoul.
These trains take up to five hours and stop at a large number of stations along the route. An alternative option is to
take the KTX high-speed train to Singyeongju station.

Gyeongju station 慶州駅

Gyeongju station: A rainbow was temporarily observed, in the distance.

A local train(Diesel car is departing from the Busan station.

Subway Network between Busan and Seoul

The Busan Subway  consists of five lines, 128 operating stations, and 106.8 kms of tracks. The Seoul Metropolitan
Subway is one of the most heavily used rapid transit systems in the world, which services 7 million passengers by
the metropolitan system alone and well over 8 million trips daily by the greater system's sixteen lines. Ticket prices are
1,150 won for a trip up to 10 kms, with 100 won added for each subsequent 5 km.

Busan subway entrance connected to the Lotte Underground shopping mall.

Busan subway entrance and a ticket gate
The computerized gate put on the light on when the ticket is valid to that station.

(L) The subway entrance locates near the Busan KTX station
(R) Interior of Busan subway train

(L) Seoul subway Line 3 station, Dongguk University
(R) Emergency-call panel placed in the Seoul subway station.

Automatic vending machine for subway ticket and automated ticket gate at Seoul.

(L) A single journey ticket (R) T-Money: a chargeable ticket card

Platform screen doors and subway train at Seoul

(L) Seoul subway train is passing Dongho Bridge, over the Han-Gang River.
(R) Fire extinguisher and alarm call panel is equipped at each subway vehicle.

Airport Express, Seoul

Automatic vending machine for a ticket to Incheon International Airport placed at the Seoul station.

AREX is a South Korean railway line that links Seoul with Gimpo Airport and Incheon International Airport. The section
between the two airports opened in March, 2007. The extension to Seoul Station was opened in December, 2010.
The line was built and operated by a private company, but after financial difficulties, South Korean national rail operator
Korail bought a majority stake. However, when the writer used this express train, there were a few passengers on a train.
Perhaps, many tourists may use airport bus or taxi.

(L) Soeul station of the Airport Express Train to Incheon International Airport
(R) Interior of the airport express train

Incheon Airport station


韓国の高速鉄道システム、KTX ( Korea Train Express )はフランスのTGVの技術を導入して建設、営業運転での最高速度は
22兆ウォン(約1兆8000億円)ともいわれる事業費をかけ、2004年4月に暫定開業した。2010年11月、東大邱 - 釜山間の
開業により、ソウル - 釜山間の全線完全開通した。最速列車の所要時間は2時間18分。開業した新慶州駅はとても広く、親切な



KORAIL空港鉄道はソウル駅と仁川国際空港とを結ぶ。愛称は「AREX」で、2007年に金浦空港 - 仁川空港間で暫定開業した。
2009年7月のソウル地下鉄9号線の開通と、 2010年12月の金浦空港 - ソウル駅区間が延長開通した。先行開業区間の需要見通し
変更した。 団体旅行が多く、空港からバスを利用していることがその背景にある。タクシーもディスカウントを持ちかけて顧客

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