Explore Korea with the high-speed train KTX

When travel in South Korea, you may have seen the high-speed train KTX – Korean Train eXpress. This is a very convenient, safe and super fast way to travel on long distance that you would love.

KTX is operated by the Korean Railroad Corporation, designed and working based on the French technology that is applied for the TGV and can drive up to 350km/h. So for such a long route as from Seoul to Busan, which is around 400km with car, it only need about 2 hours and 15 minutes. Additionally, for this connection, you can choose any of the 60 (!) different trains that go per day. Super convenient!

The ticket price depends on the departure time, but is quite affordable. The price for a economy class is some what between 50.000~60.000₩ (~40-50€) from Seoul to Busan incl. Seat reservation. Children under 13 years old will have discount.

Foreign tourists, who want to travel a lot through the country, can purchase a Korail Pass to save more money.

The train cabinet is clean, equipped with Air Conditioner and is despite the high speed, relatively quiet.

KTX, Train to Busan

Here are some more tips for you before traveling with KTX.
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Watch a game in Jamsil baseball field [Seoul]

Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Korea. It seems to be more popular than soccer. Kids learn to play baseball very early. Only for highs chools, there are already five (!) huge national tournaments a year to show their skills and get attention.

The ten professional baseball teams play in KBO League. Two of them come from Seoul and their Home field is the Jamsil stadium – LG and Doosan Bears (두산) Team.

During the weekend I went to see a game between Doosan and Samsung – Bears vs. Lions, with some friends. Actually I don’t really know much about baseball, it was still a great experience.

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Doosan vs. Samsung in Jamsil Stadion

Beside the giant stadium, that can hold more than 25.500 people, good teams and player, I think the Korean fans were really amazing. All wore team uniform and hats, ate chicken and beer in between (치맥 – chi-mek), and cheer their teams (almost) non-stop. They sang the team theme, songs for each batter, danced, shouted…

Das Team anfeuern
Doosan’s fans

Even when the team they cheered could not win, they still show their support until the end.

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Cheer until the end

Definitely worth a try!

How to get to Jamsil stadium?

The closest subway station is the “Sports Complex” station – 종합운동장역. You can take the line 2 or line 9 to get here. Ticket booths can be reached through exit #5, while the fastest way to the main entrance is exit #6.

Must-have smart phone apps for Korea

After spending 8 weeks living in Korea without really knowing Korean, I still survive 😉. Actually, you can get along quite well with English, but sometimes, I just wished I have learned more and harder Korean. However, now a day your smart phone can help you out in difficult situations, if you have the right apps.

Following you’ll find my app recommendation for all Korean newcomers or first time travelers. This recommendation is based on my own experience and I’m writing this post only for you, who are new in Korea or planning to visit Korea soon. I’m not get paid for it…

All apps are available for iOS and Android System.

1. Naver Map – as GPS app – online only

I’ve mentioned this app in my earlier post about the Seoul subway system. Until today, I still use this app almost everyday to find the best way to my destinations. Here are again pros and cons in my opinion:

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Seoul’s Flower city Yangjae – 양재 꽃 시장

On last Sunday, we visited the Flower city Yangjae in southern of Seoul to buy some plants and flowers for our new apartment. We were only in retail area, because other sections for cut flowers, wholesale, equipment’s, ect. were closed. Eventhough it was really huge, with various kinds of beautiful vegetation. Some of those, I’ve never seen anywhere before.




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Korean street food – 길거리 음식 (1)

While walking through Seoul, especially in big shopping or university areas you will find a lot of food trucks, standing around and selling good looking street food. If you listen to the Korean people eating there, you may hear „mahsitssoyo“ (맛있어요) – it’s delicious. The price is also very affordable, somewhat between KWR1.000~10.000 ($1~10).

But what are they selling? 😏

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