"To better accommodate the needs of foreign tourists visiting Korea, M-PASS, a public transit card exclusively for foreign tourists, is now available for purchase.
M-PASS, short for Metropolitan Pass, is good for up to 20 rides per day of any subway lines in the Seoul metropolitan area (e.g. Seoul Subway Lines 1~9, Incheon Metro, Airport Metro Commuter (except Express)). The card comes in 5 types – one-day, two-day, three-day, five-day and seven-day passes. The one-day pass costs 10,000 won.
You may purchase M-PASS at I-Tour Seoul (Seoul Tourist Information Center) located in the Incheon International Airport Arrivals Terminal. On purchase, a 5,000 won deposit is required, which is refundable with a 500 won fee deducted upon returning the card at wherever you purchased it or at any GS convenience store."
This would be good news for tourists who has to travel a lot by subway. I remembered I spent about KRW 40,000 ~ KRW 45,000 on subway rides during my last trip to Korea. I stayed about 13 days in Seoul but did not really need to take so many rides per day via the subway. Therefore, M pass will not be too useful for me. Nevertheless, this is just for sharing ^^
I was always on the look out for the subway route map in the subway stations! When I was first doing my research on Seoul subway routes, I almost fainted...hahaha..the routes look so complicated. I get the hang of it after using the subway for two days. Seoul subway is really not as intimidating as it looked. In fact, many people were telling me Japan subway is much more complicated.
From my personal learning experience, I took note of the last station on the line of the direction I was heading to and know the number of the line, eg I am at City hall station and I want to go to Jegi dong station. Jegi dong is on line 1, therefore I should look for the signage heading towards Soyosan, and not Incheon.
Seoul subway cyber map is very useful, you can check out seoulmetro.
|Another type of map in the subway station|