Multi-language Seoul Bus Sign

Recently, I was under Gwanghwamun Station, making my way onto Line 5, where I saw the bus information sign. It’s one of the best Seoul bus signs I’ve seen in the city. It shows a great graphic listing all the buses approaching each exit, the bus stop number, the bus number, how far they are away, time until they reach the stop, and is available in multiple languages.

Hopefully we’ll see more like these in the future.

Korean Trains: The Nooriro

Probably one of the best ways to travel in Korea is by train. There are several different classes of trains one can choose from, but if you’re a commuter, chances are one you might elect to ride is the Nooriro (누리로).

The Nooriro is a newer train, essentially a glorified subway. It is nicer than a subway and can travel at speeds up to 150kph. It’s also electrical rather than diesel powered.

I’ve had the opportunity to ride nooriro trains a few times and have found them a better ride then their slower counterparts.

Is the Korean government solely to blame for safety?

Many in Korea are criticizing the Korean government over perceived lack of oversight where it comes to public transportation safety. They refer to the tragic Sewol ferry sinking and the recent Line 2 subway crash as examples. While some of the criticism is valid, people also need to take a stiff look in the mirror. In today’s video, I show how Seoullites cram into buses during rush hour without regard to safety.

Korean Robot Construction Man

One of the things I remember growing up was the fear that robots would one day take over the world (Terminator anyone?) or that they would replace humans in the workforce. To a certain extent, they have; however, that’s not always a bad thing. There are jobs out there that are better suited for a machine, than a human. Here is one instance.

I never understood why American companies and governments would pay someone to sit in a chair to alert traffic on a road. Sure, if they needed to monitor and control traffic, that would be one thing – but to stand and do nothing? That’s just a waste of money. So what to do about it?

Here I’ve seen a number of Korean robots installed near construction zones. These simple machines are dressed up as construction workers and serve a simple purpose – alert motorists of the construction zone. Usually, the Korean robots have a light baton and a series of lights to make them extremely visible at night. They can run 24/7 either by petrol or with a solar system. In addition, should there be a reckless driver, no worker would get hurt from an accident.

How To Use Korean Subway Lockers

When traveling around in Korea, sometimes you collect a lot of stuff. Or perhaps it’s raining and you’re carrying coats and umbrellas. Fact is, that stuff weighs you down, so why not dump them if going shopping, eating, or somewhere else? That’s what today’s video is all about. At many subway stations (and bus/train stations) you’ll find these banks of lockers. Using the interface is pretty intuitive, despite only being available in Korean. In today’s I’ll show you how to secure a locker.

Korea Train in Slow Motion

Check this out – while I was heading home from school, this Korean train happened to cruise by the subway station. I decided to record its passing with the iPhone 5S at 120 fps. Taking the footage, I was able to drop the frame rate even more (about 15%). The optical frame blending turned out pretty well, even though there are a few blurry spots.

On a more serious note, the speed at which these Korean trains blow through the stations is a little on the frightening side. This platform has no screen doors installed that would prevent someone from jumping (or falling) into the tracks. Seoul has done a great job of installing them on most stations, but outside Seoul, like here, it’s optional.  Personally, I’d like to see them installed universally because they provide such great safety measures.

Cool Korean Bus Sign in Suwon Station

Another quick one today! While I was out for a meeting, I cam across this really cool Korean bus information sign. It’s the first time I’ve seen one like this inside a subway station. Normally, this data is only at the bus stop, this sign has all the buses listed by exit, the wait times for the next two buses on routes, and current location. It’s a grey travel tool and I hope to see more of these kiosks installed.