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Different modes of transportation include subway, bus, and train, amongst many others! The subway is the most convenient to get from one place to another. However, it is best to do some homework on studying the subway system before travelling as getting to one destination might require many transfers. Getting used to walking long distances is important too! In Korea, automobiles drive on the right while people usually walk up the stairs on the left.

The T-money transport card can be used for both the subway and buses in Seoul. It can also be used in other major cities like Busan. The student identification cards issued by Korean universities have the T-money function. 


Seoul boasts one of Asia’s most comprehensive subway systems that allow commuters to get to most parts of the city without having to transfer to another mode of transport. While it may be convenient, the complex network of subway lines may prove to be daunting for first-time visitors to the country.


Flying Chalks recommendations: There are many free mobile applications that you can download to help navigate Seoul’s subway system.

For Android users, you can download “Subway Korea” or “Korea, Seoul Metro Navi”.
For IOS users, you can download “Subway Korea” or “Seoul City Metro Lite”.
For those who can read and understand basic Korean, the highly popular “Daum Maps” can help you navigate around by recommending the fastest options via public bus and subway.

Basic fare for 10km: 1050 KRW (Transit card); 1150 KRW (Ticket)

Total distances exceeding 10 km (within Seoul): 100 won for each additional 5 km
Total distances exceeding 40 km (within Seoul): 100 won for each additional 10 km
Total distances exceeding 30 km (outside Seoul): 100 won for each additional 5 km

To begin your commuting journey, simply purchase a transit card (more commonly known as the T-money card) at any of the ticketing machines or from the metro office located at the stations.

Interactive subway map can be found here!

Seoul Bus (Seoul only)

Apart from subway, buses are another convenient form of transportation.

Express and Intercity bus

Express and Intercity buses are the most popular option to get region to region. The extensive network of buses offers a comfortable and convenient way to get to and from even the smallest towns in Korea.

For more information, you can visit:



Another favoured option to travel between cities in Korea is by train.

Seoul is connected to the country’s other cities via train networks. Ticket prices depend on the distance travelled and the train classification. KTX trains offer high-speed travel with comfortable seating.  For the budget conscious, there are cheaper options such as the Mugunghwa trains. Taking the train is a good way to experience travel in Korea and enjoy the special rail lunch box sets available at the train stations. 

Click here for railroad map.
Click here for more details on the KR Pass.


Taxis are plentiful, clean, safe, and affordable in Korea.

Taxi Fares (as of December 9, 2013):

Regular Taxis [mid-size]

Basic fare


Additional Fare
by Meter



Varies by region

Fare calculated by
distance travelled

In Seoul, Gyeonggi, Incheon and Busan, a surcharge of 20% applies during late-night hours (midnight-4am) and in suburbs (N/A for other cities).


Deluxe and Jumbo Taxis

Basic fare


Additional Fare
by Meter


3,200-5,000 won

Varies by region

Fare calculated by
distance travelled

There are no surcharges for
deluxe and jumbo taxis.

Flying Chalks tip: Deluxe taxis can be recognised by its signature black body with a yellow sign on the top. Avoid hailing these taxis should you not want to find yourself paying more than the usual for a ride.

Domestic flights


Banking Services

Banking Services:

To set up a bank account, you would require:

  • Valid passport
  • Alien registration card (as proof of residency)

Once a bank account is open, the bank will issue a check card with ATM deposit / withdrawal functions (in Korean won). The time taken to issue check cards may vary by bank.

Flying Chalks’ tip: There’s a Woori Bank on Yonsei campus with customer service that speaks decent English!

Major Banks in Korea:

Korea Exchange Bank (KEB)



Of all local commercial banks, Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) is the only one that offers foreigners-only bank accounts that record all transactions in English.


  1. Visit the nearest Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) branch
  2. Take a ticket from the queue ticket machine at the Foreign Exchange section and wait for your turn
  3. Proceed to the desk that displays your number
  4. Present your passport and alien registration card in order to open a bank account. Apply for a check card with ATM deposit / withdrawal functions

Opening hours: Hours: 09:00-16:00 (Monday-Friday; closed on holidays)
Their homepage is available here!
Customer Service: +82-2-3709-8080, 1544-3000

Hana Bank



Check cards with ATM deposit/withdrawal functions are issued on the spot. The Hana Bank World Centre branch in Jung-gu, Seoul offers consultation in English.

Opening hours: Hours: 09:00-16:00 (Monday-Friday; closed on holidays)
Their homepage is available here!
Customer Service: +82-2-520-2500, 1599-1111


Kookmin Bank (KB)



Check cards with ATM deposit/withdrawal functions are issued on the spot.

Opening hours: Hours: 09:00-16:00 (Monday-Friday; closed on holidays)
Their homepage is available here!
Customer Service: +82-2-6300-9999, 1599-9999


Shinhan Bank



ATM cards are issued on the spot while check cards are issued after three months of opening the bank account.

Opening hours: Hours: 09:00-16:00 (Monday-Friday; closed on holidays)
Their homepage is available here!
Customer Service (09:00-17:00): 1577-8380 (Extension: #1-English, #2-Japanese, #3-Chinese, #4- Vietnamese)


Woori Bank



You will be issued the check card and a bank book on the spot. There is no charge for opening the bank account as with most banks in Korea.

 Customer Service (for foreigners): 1599-2288 (Extensions 1-7 for English, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Thai or Indonesian speaking service)

Post Office

Post office Services:

There is a post office on campus, located at Yonsei Student Union Building.

Flying Chalks’ tip: Regular shipping will set you back about SGD $5 per kilogram of postage.

Medical Services

Medical services:

With Korea being a developed country, it may be surprising to foreigners that there is a lack of private clinics. Most Koreans either go to hospitals or simply buy medicine from pharmacies to treat their illnesses.

Flying Chalks’ tip: You will be glad to know that Yonsei University has a clinic on its campus where consultations are free-of-charge and you just have to pay for any medicine prescribed to you.

Located on the second floor of the Student Union Building, the Health Services Centre provides medical service to students, faculty, and staff. It is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Severance Hospital and the International Clinic
Severance Hospital is the oldest hospital in Korea and also one of the most reputable. Located on Yonsei University’s campus, it is highly accessible for students studying there!

Severance Hospital manages the Allergy Clinic, Cancer Centre, Cardiovascular Hospital, Child and Adolescent Clinic, Diabetes Centre, Eye and ENT Hospital, Emergency Care Centre, Rehabilitation Hospital and Stroke Intensive Care Unit. It also has an International Health Care Centre which is staffed by doctors and nurses who are fluent in several languages and are ready to serve the medical needs of the international community.

Opening hours

  • Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 12noon

Appointments can be made at (02)2228-5810 or (02)392-3404.

For 24-hour emergency service, dial 012-263-6556 from a touch-tone phone. After the beep, please enter your mobile number, wait for the second beep, and then hang up. Your call will be returned immediately. For more information, click here!


Pharmacies are located all over the city and can be identified with a sign that reads, 약국 or "Yak". You can purchase both prescription and over-the-counter drugs for colds, headaches, and other minor ailments there.



There are 3 mobile telecommunications service providers in Korea: KT, SKT, and LG U+. These providers operate authorized service centres and phone retail stores called 공식 인증 대리점 (gongsik injeung daerijeom), where you can subscribe to a phone service and purchase a mobile phone. An authorized store should carry the logo of its parent company as well as a sign that says “공식 인증 대리점.”

KT operates authorized stores with signs that read “Olleh”. The most representative KT center, located in Gwanghwamun offers consultation in 17 different languages.

SK Telecom
SK Telecom operates authorized stores with signs that read “T World” or “SK Telecom” as well as a customer call center exclusively for foreigners. You can call the customer center to find out which stores provide interpretation services as not all of them do.

LG U+ operates authorized stores with signs that read “LG U+”.

Survival Guide


Korea’s climate is characterized by 4 distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Lasts from late March to May, and is signalled by the picturesque sight of cherry blossoms blooming all over the country.

Lasts from June to early September. It is a hot and humid time of the year where temperatures can soar above 30 °C in some areas.

Lasts from September to November. It is generally regarded as the best season to visit Korea with its cool temperatures and scenic autumn foliage.

Lasts from December to mid-March, where temperatures can plunge to as low as −20 °C in some areas.



General nationwide emergency hotline that can be used to call for an ambulance, fire truck or police




BBB (Before Babel Brigade) can be dialed if you are having difficulty communicating in Korea. It has 2,400 volunteers fluent with 17 foreign languages who will help you with translation problems whenever and wherever via mobile phone.

1588- 5644

Tourist Complaint Centre



2017-05-09 10:57:49
I'm really pleasured to refer regarding this university. The Yonsei uni. is one of the best thing in korea which is bouncing up with Korea univ. like ranked 3 or 2 among hudreds of university. Remarkable thing is they know not only how to study well but also, how to enjoy the life. For example, there are lots of club activity like fencing, boxing, effective martial arts, computer program, voluntary activity for third country and even the UNESCO students council etc. I couldn't even count it yet and each of these things are very activated and outstanding so that you may not concentrate your own work. Outside the school, there is also one of the famous and vivid avenue which is called "Shinchon ro" nearby "Shinchon station". Around here, i can surely say that you can find anything what you want and you will be surrounded by diversity of performances. Full of action, youth and very impressive concealed and revealed restaurant like "Yeondae po"(pajeon & makgeolli - raw rice wine-), "77 kentucky"(chicken & beer), "Gogi changgo"unlimited pork restaurant etc. Especially these 3 of restaurant is my most favorite places. (High recommandation) And as Melvin Lee said below, The Yonsei - Korea(Korea - Yonsei) games will be allure you to join together. Coz when it begin, all the way, avenue around there is under control by pedestrian for safe. Why don't you hang out to the biggest university event in Korea.
By Melvin Lee
2016-02-22 02:41:45
Yonsei university is one of the top 3 universities in Korea with a beautiful sprawling campus located right in the heart of Seoul. Within the vicinity of Ewha Woman's University and Sogang University which play host to much shopping and food, as well as walking distance from Hongdae (famed nightlife area), everything is literally at your doorstep! Should you be going in the Fall semester, the Yonsei-Korea games (aka Yonko-jon) pretty much seals the deal as your top choice. It is the biggest university event in Korea where you will find yourself cheering alongside the Korean students, immersing in the local university culture and literally partying the night away at the finale :D