One of the most useful Korean websites for those living in Seoul is the online subway map. It is known as “ì‚¬ì´ë²„ìŠ¤í…Œì´ì…˜” (Cyberstation) and is flash-based. The interface was updated two months ago and it’s even better than before. ì„œìš¸ ì§€í•˜ì² (Seo-ul ji-ha-cheol) or Seoul subway has 12 lines (í˜¸ì„ ) and each line is distinguished by number/name and color. We are on subway line six (6í˜¸ì„ ) or the brown line.
A feature of the online subway map that a mother I know would appreciate is the “Elevator”. Clicking it will show which stations have elevators. Most stops on the older lines (1, 2, 3, 4) have none, making them stroller unfriendly. Some stations don’t even have wheelchair lifts!
I usually consult the Cyberstation to calculate how long it will take for me to travel from one station to another. My husband’s cellphone also has maps of the metropolitan cities that have subways: Seoul (and Incheon), Busan, Daegu and Gwangju. It is also an interactive map that lets you search subway stations and calculate travel time between the stops. Really useful!
I hope I can find similarly useful site when I tour outside Korea like when I go on a Las Vegas travel someday 😉
I almost forgot. Seoul subway is also called Seoul Metro.