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Free Subway Rides for Seniors Under Threat Amidst Budget Concerns

Free Subway Rides for Seniors Under Threat Amidst Budget Concerns

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s decades-long free subway ride policy for elderly passengers is being met with calls for a higher age threshold, with local public transport operators seeking ways to offset the growing losses. Since its implementation during the 1980s under the Chun Doo-hwan government, the free subway ride policy has been [...]

Efforts to Ban Plastic Surgery Ads Continue in South Korea

Efforts to Ban Plastic Surgery Ads Continue in South Korea

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul Metro announced plans on Monday to ban all plastic surgery advertisements from the city’s metro system by 2020. The latest move by Seoul Metro has been met with praise amid growing criticism over what is known as ‘advertisement pollution’, characterized by the overwhelming number of advertisement images found [...]

Ever-Changing Seoul Subway Station Names Leave Passengers Confused

Ever-Changing Seoul Subway Station Names Leave Passengers Confused

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Korea Bizwire) – Criticism is growing against Seoul Metro’s controversial sale of subway station names, which began as an additional source of revenue to cover its deficits, with passengers slamming the policy that has now resulted in over 30 stations having two different names with little to no relevance to the location, [...]

Seoul Government Contemplates 24-Hour Subway

Seoul Government Contemplates 24-Hour Subway

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul Metropolitan Government is reportedly considering a 24-hour subway, amid growing calls for longer operating hours, which could see the city join the likes of London, Berlin and New York with a 24-hour transit system. Earlier this month, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced Seoul Metro is looking for [...]

Seoul’s Subway System Attracts International Plaudits

Seoul’s Subway System Attracts International Plaudits

SEOUL, July 31 (Korea Bizwire) – Seoul’s subway system continues to receive praise from international media outlets over a number of features including its efficient payment system and wide internet coverage. Seoul Metro said on Sunday that TripAdvisor, one of the largest international travel websites, recommended its users last year to take the subway if they [...]

Seoul Metro to Trial Solar-Powered Air Conditioning System

Seoul Metro to Trial Solar-Powered Air Conditioning System

SEOUL, Jul. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul Metro is using renewable energy sources to operate its air-conditioning systems in a pilot project at a number of subway stations, the public corporation announced last Friday. Following the trial of a solar-powered air-conditioning system at Dobongsan Station last month, the government-owned transport corporation is set to introduce a [...]

Seoul Metro App Update Provides Elevator Information

Seoul Metro App Update Provides Elevator Information

SEOUL, Jul. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — A new update to Seoul Metro’s official subway safety app comes with a new feature which informs users through push notifications whether elevators and escalators in stations they are traveling through are in operation. Seoul Metro said on Wednesday that with the latest version of its official mobile app, [...]