my money was spent mostly on this stuff.
T-Money is almost like TouchNGo card we hv in Malaysia.
n yeah, it really makes the trvelling easier!.
especially when u r travelling on subways.
if u are travelling to korea, i bet u already have the interactive subway map right.
see how 'berselirat' their subway lines are?pheww,,
it looks that simple on paper,
trust me it was not on roads.haha.
things you should know about subways in Seoul.
1) if you are travelling for just 1 station for where you r starting, WALK. please. don't waste yr time in subways. their subways are not like in Malaysia in which, "although u can walk to the place, u can chose to go by train bcoz u r lazy to walk". it doesn't work that way in Seoul!. the distance you walk just to get in the train is probably similar to the distance u need to walk to the place u r going. koreans love walking. besides, enjoy the view of Seoul City while walking, rather than viewing the dark soil of seoul (it's underground).
2) when u determining the subway lines u need to hv, chose a way which have LESS TRANSFER. why?bcoz the transfering is not that simple like in hang tuah station. even transfering in bandar tasik selatan probably shorter than theirs. here in seoul, just to transfer, u need to walk around 300m more or less. thank god, in some stations, they provide the "escalator mendatar" ( i dunno what they call that.hahah)..the one u see in airports. just imagine how much distance is that. like i said, koreans love walking.
3) if u miss the train, no worries, the train comes every 3-5 minutes. dun rush to enter the train when it's closing, it doesn't hve 'humanity' as in Malaysia..haha..
4) during morning, give ways to koreans please. most of them will be running for the train. it's normal. they are late for the work. u are not.
5) most of the subways do not have any counter. no officer standing behind counters to help u anytime u want. they don't. if u accounter any problem, u may need to ask for help from nice koreans (especially ajusshis). there is HELP button there. the officers speaks from intercom, they will come a bit later to help u. their cards don't usually caused problems but things can happen right..huhu..
6) recharge my t-money is one thing i did everyday. if u use the interactive subway map which tells u the amount of money for the travel. good. but here is some formula i'd like to give. each time u tap the card enter, it already minus u 1050w.. if u make extra longer travel, it will charge you another 100 or 200 or depending on the distance, when u tap out. so,just say that if u only traveled 1 station, it costs u 1050w, if u traveled 10 stations w/o transfer, it still costs u 1050w. easy isn't it?..so plan yr travel wisely. don't move around like crazy rabbit.
7) in their train, youngsters don't sit on older,pregnant n OKU's seat. they don't. so don't u ever dare to. eventhough the train is very crowded, n nobody is sitting on the chair, koreans don't sit on it. they really respect the eldest. as a foreigner, i think it is wise to not to sit when koreans are around standing. i dunno why but it feels awkward. i rather stand although my leg is hurting.
8) that's all for now about subway, i can't think of any more for now.
if u have any thing to ask about their subway, do ask via comment below or jz email me. =)