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How to Use the Subway
1. Use Subway
A subway map is usually located above the ticket window (see left). Most subway maps are written in Korean and English. The numbers next to the name of each station on the map (600/700) indicates the subway fare for the destination from the present station. Simply tell the ticket vendor your destination, and they will issue you the appropriate ticket. The yellow box next to the ticket window contains free subway maps. Some subway stations do not provide free subway maps. Subway fares are as below. (Foreign currency is not accepted at subway ticket windows, so please prepare Korean won.)
Zone Adults (Won) Students (Won)
Zone(<10km) 700 560
Zone (>10km) 800 640
2. Ticket Vending Machine
Every subway station has ticket vending machines. It is always good to know how to use these convenient facilities.
(1) Layout of Ticket Vending Machine
1. Zone 1 or 2 selection
2. Button for multiple tickets
3. Cancel button
4. Coin slot
5. Money return button
6. Help button
7. Zone display
8. Fare display
9. Ticket pickup box

(2) How to Buy Subway Tickets
Using ticket vending machines differs depending on the subway line. On Seoul Subway Line 1 through 4, you must select the zone first then insert coins. On Subway Line 5 through 8, you must insert coins first then select the zone. The description below is for Lines 1 through 4. When using Lines 5 through 8, simply switch the second and third step.

Find your destination on the map above the ticket machine and
check the fare

Press the blue fare button. If you need more than one ticket, use the button for multiple tickets

Insert coin. Exact change is not required

Take your ticket from the drop box below

Insert the ticket in the small slot in the turnstile and enter.
You may only enter through the gates with the downward-left pointing
arrow. Remember to pick up your ticket as you pass through the

You cannot enter through the gates with the universal /do not enter(-)/ symbol