Korean Cities With Subway Systems

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Up until recently, I thought the only cities with subways in Korea were Seoul, Incheon, and Busan so I decided to make an infographic about them. Don’t know how after 4 years of living here I had no idea about Daejeon, Daegu, and Gwangju. Of course outside of Busan and Seoul, the subway systems are smaller due to the population being smaller. I still think it’s pretty cool that these cities have a system though and hopefully I can try ’em out one day.

I currently live in Incheon, and patiently waiting for Line 2 to open up within the next few years. Which is your favorite system?

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    8 Comments

    1. Stephen Redeker

      Gwangju’s looks like a sad face ㅋㅋㅋ. They will add two more lines, ready around 2025. Can’t wait!

    2. ToreaKorea

      Daegu has added a huge monorail opening this year. It spans everywhere around Daegu.

    3. How does the Busan map have the new blue line but line 1 doesn’t go past Jungangdong? Cool concept but let’s keep it consistent.

    4. Are these maps to scale? I mean… does Daegu proper really stretch farther from north to south than Seoul proper?

      • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins

        Yes…Daegu’s actual city borders stretch farther than Seoul (you can compare on Google Earth and Naver/Daum maps). I was surprised as well.

    5. this is great! i really miss the daegu 지하철 – i lived there from aug ’12 – aug ’13 and i’m kinda sad i won’t see the new monorail open! would’ve made getting to my doctor’s office in chilgok a lot easier, haha.

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