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Scenes from Sin Bundang Opening Night

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Wish I knew earlier — rides were free today. This brought out families and couples to take a ride on trains with no drivers. The overall experience was similar to Disney’s monorail, smooth and quiet.

One important thing to note is that the exit numbers at Gangnam have been changed.

Daniel Daugherty

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Scenes from Sin Bundang Opening Night

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Wish I knew earlier — rides were free today. This brought out families and couples to take a ride on trains with no drivers. The overall experience was similar to Disney’s monorail, smooth and quiet.

One important thing to note is that the exit numbers at Gangnam have been changed.

Daniel Daugherty

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Sin Bundang Line Opens Today

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After a few last-minute delays, Sin Bundang express subway line opened today, connecting Jeongja to Gangnam in 16 minutes. Anyone worried that Seoul was too far away from Bundang will now have a speedy option to complement the extensive bus coverage already available to Bundang residents.

Daniel Daugherty

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More of Pangyo’s Trippy New Metro Station

Here are some more pictures from inside Pangyo’s new nightclub metro station.  Check the end of the post for the new line’s operating times.

Inside Pangyo Station

Who brought the glowsticks?

Too bad those harsh florescent lights will really kill your buzz.

Inside Pangyo Station

You gotta admit, it looks pretty cool.

Along with the new views, I’ve also learned that the line will run on the same daily hours as the rest of the Seoul Metro, 6 am. to 12:30 am.

As for my last Sin Bundang post, I’m still trying to find out about a new opening date.

–Daniel Daugherty

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Watching NFL Games in Korea

I posted about this last year, but I wanted to do a quick update on my situation.  As I said, it’s difficult and/or expensive to watch NFL games in Korea, with no perfect solution.  You’re either watching games live at ungodly hours of the night or watching them on demand/delay, avoiding friends and the Internet, perhaps for days at a time.

I got tired of waiting for people to post NFL torrents, so this season I rounded up some friends and we split the NFL Game Pass for KRW80,000 each, including the playoffs.  The idea is that this way we can get together and watch games each week in a social atmosphere on my buddy’s sweet TV/PC setup.  It’s still not perfect, but it’s the most workable solution I’ve found so far.

–Daniel Daugherty

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More Speculation on the Sin Bungang Line

Waaaaay out in Chuncheon today (Kim Yu Jeon Station, to be exact), I found this Seoul subway map on the trail platform. It had a curious addition missing from the maps I’ve seen in Bundang. You guessed it: The Sin Bundang Line! I’m just glad the residents in the deepest reaches of Northeast Seoul will find it useful.

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The purple-ish line running vertically from top to bottom is the future route of the Sin Bundang Line.

It may not be fully visible to readers, but the stops along the Sin Bundang Line had yet to be numbered when it was added to the map as a “future route.” However, some of you may recall that the new station exits in Jeongja are numbered D12, while the original station currently in use is K230.

As I wrote last week, I really want to know what’s up with the new station exits — are they for an entirely new station or will Jeongja Station be expanded in the future to connect both lines?

Also on the topic, reader Faith Walpole writes:

this is the gossip I have received about the new line; it will eventually go to ori and suwon. well the ppl in migeum are pissed and have been signing petitions to get it to stop at migeum (um do we need a definition of ‘express’) there was even a petition in my building! so now there is a big fight about it which has delayed the opening!

Faith’s information is corroborated by a student of mine, who told me she has seen angry signs around Migeum station.  I’ll have more on this in the near future.

As far as I can tell through research online, there are no formally announced plans to take the Sin Bundang line through Suwon, although the Yellow Line is planned to extend there and connect to Line 4.  Either the people circulating the petitions are sorely misinformed or they know something the rest of us don’t.  Either is possible.

I did find an entertaining thread over at Dave’s ESL Cafe on the topic.  Long story short: It’s just a lot of speculation and nobody knows anything unless they can read Korean.

About the map:  Apologies for the poor photo quality. It had been posted for so long that the colors faded. I had to pull them out by dialing up the contrast and saturation.

Daniel Daugherty

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WTF: Emergency Acupuncture

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This was the scene on the train ride from Chuncheon to Seoul. Note that the resolution hides the true hideousness of this woman's feet.

Jen and I were on the train, next to a young lady who dramatically grasped her head and/or covered her mouth for most of the trip. We thought she had motion sickness or maybe a migraine. Whatever it was, she finally decided the pain was too much to bear.

Staff from our tour group showed up en mass with an emergency four-pack of acupuncture needles.  They removed her high-heeled shoes — natch — revealing two of the ugliest feet I’ve ever seen.  Her left ankle had a swollen lump the size of a tennis ball.  (I’m not even joking about her feet.  They looked like they’d been run over by an 18-wheeler towing a U-Haul trailer.)

Tearing my eyes away from her wretched pedal extremities, I watched as a young woman hammered each needle in with the precision and confidence of someone who’s had plenty of practice, one in each hand and foot.  I should also note that the lady receiving the treatment was relaxed and, dare I say it, eager for acupuncture.  Afterward they propped her feet up and let her rest, before coming back and re-sticking the needles in her arms.

Now, I don’t want to minimize or downplay the lady’s pain and I sincerely hope she continues to get treatment — any kind of treatment that works — for whatever was causing. However, as with most things in Korea, I’m now left with an exasperating number of questions:

  1. Is acupuncture considered legitimate medical science in Korea?
  2. Is it an officially sanctioned and overseen medical practice?
  3. If so, are certified first-aid responders required to learn how to use an emergency four-pack of needles?
  4. What is the training regimen like?  Is there a pamphlet or video, as with CPR certification?
  5. Are migraine headaches and/or swollen ankles generally considered worthy of receiving first-aid treatment in any country?

I hope my tablet’s camera captured the scene effectively.  Unfortunately, the crappy resolution doesn’t show the needles, but trust me, they’re there!

–Daniel Daugherty

Update: Judging by this picture Jen took on the train this morning, the lady may have been in pain all day long.

the lady earlier in the day

She looks to have been in pain all day. Though it may just be that stressful sitting next to Daniel on a train.

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