South Korea’s streets and subways are becoming increasingly more tourist friendly, now that the pedestrian QR Codes and the Subway Guide for Visitors have been introduced by the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO). Although the QR codes have been around in Seoul for some time, they had popped-up on bus stations and other locations earlier; the latest implementation has been around the Gangnam neighbourhood of the Korean singing star PSY.
Using the QR codes is very easy. Simply scan the code using you phone and immediately you shall receive information about the location whether it is Gangnam, Garosu-gil, or the immediate area surrounding COEX. Information includes the places where you can shop in the vicinity, restaurants and major attractions around where you are currently. This information has been taken from many sources including printed brochures. All information is available in Japanese, Chinese and English apart from the national language.
The newly published Seoul Subway Guide for Visitors (applicable for lines 1-8) is a wealth of information published in four commonly used languages in Korea. Available in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean this guide is especially useful for the tourists who are coming to Seoul for sight seeing, shopping and to savour the taste of many hundreds of delicacies on offer. This guide is designed to be a comprehensive guide for the Seoul CBD area in general and the Seoul subway in particular. Just in case you are wondering how to buy a one way ticket for the subway or what is the process of using the transportation card recharging machine or if there are any tour packages available via the subway this guide can help you. There is plenty of other information as well useful for exploring the city. For the uninitiated the subway in Seoul is an extremely efficient service, safe, clean and offers a great way to explore the city. It is also very cheap with rides often costing less than one dollar.
The Seoul Subway Travel Guide is available in 44 of the Seoul’s subway stations which are usually treaded by foreign tourists. Apart from that Korea Tourism Organisation also plans to have the Travel Guide published on their official website www.visitkorea.or.kr soon.