The fourth subway line is set to open in March, adding to Busan’s already busy metro system. The Blue Line as it is also known, runs from Minam, near Dong-nae to Ahn Pyong Village in Ki-jang. The line will consist of 14 stations – 8 underground, 1 on-ground, and 5 above-ground.
Also in the plans is a light-rail train which will run between Busan and Kimhae. This will help those who commute between the cities, as the only previous option has been using public buses. The line is to run from Sa-sang to Sangkeh-dong in Kimhae.
In other transportation news, the city buses have also increased their fare to 1,100 won, so be prepared and carry coins if you don’t have a metro card–which if you don’t, you really should.
24th Busan Polar Bear Swim Date is Set
For those of you who like to torture yourself with cold water, the 24th Busan Polar Bear Swim hosted by the Busan Ilbo will take place Sunday, January 23rd, in front of the event square at the Haeundae Outdoor Swimming Pool starting at 9 a.m.
The event began in 1988 in commemoration with the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. It has grown into one of Busan’s more popular events, with more than 1,000 participants each year.
To register, you need to fill out the Internet application, which runs from January 4th through the 13th. The cost is 20,000 won, which you need to pay by bank transfer. In addition to freezing yourself, you receive a souvenir T-shirt, a towel and a ticket to a hot spring, as well as some hot rice noodle soup.
For more information and the registration link, please check out their website.
Alliance Française to Host Photo Forum
The Galerie de l'Alliance Française will be hosting a photo exhibition from January 7th through the 28th. The opening ceremony starts on Friday the 7th at 6:30 p.m and the exhibition centers around the photography of children and culture.
Artists on display include Dong A University Professor Moon Jin-woo, Art Forum Director Kim Shin-gue and university student Kim Su-min, as well as special guest artist Chung Ui-hwa.
Alliance Française is located in Choryang 3 Dong, between Busan Station and Busan Jin Station. It is open from 9 to 9 daily, and 9 to 4 on Saturdays.
Incheon International Airport Railroad Begins
Good news for international travelers flying out of Incheon. The Incheon International Airport Railroad (AREX) linking Seoul Station to Incheon International Airport opened last week, reducing the time to reach the airport in 43 minutes, about 15 minutes shorter than taking the airport limousine buses. The express train costs 13,300 won runs every 30 minutes, and operating hours are from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
There is also a cheaper alternative: A local train with 10 stops runs the same Incheon route in 53 minutes and only costs 3,700 won. The stops include Hongik University, Digital Media City, Gimpo Airport, Gyeyang, Geomam, Unseo and Incheon International Airport Cargo Terminal. The commuter line runs from 5:20 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
The new service includes check-in, luggage check-in and selecting your seats all at Seoul Station, leaving you time to check out the city without having to worry about your luggage or your flight. Currently, only Korean Air, Asiana and Jeju Air offer the service, but they plan to expand to other airlines in future.
They also hope to include immigration services in the future at Seoul Station, but for now, you still most go through that process at the airport.