2 Canadians in Korea

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I've been blogging a lot of facts and I feel I should say that some of it is copy pasted from books, the internet and the signs that I took pictures of at the tourist site itself.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Busan Subway

The subway in Busan is very similar since it has the same basic principals as every other subway but here are some differences.

You must purchase your ticket from a computerized terminal by entering how far you want to go. It cost us about $1.10 cnd to go about 10 stations along the line with a transfer so it's pretty cheap. You take your ticket and proceed to the entry point which controls entry to the trains. You enter your ticket in that machine, it lets you in and spits back out your ticket as you will need it later. You take your ride and get off where you said you would and on your way out there is another machine that you place your ticket in again to ensure you got out at the right spot. A security guard monitors (at random I think) the exit to ensure you are indeed getting off where you are supposed to.

If you have ever taken the subway in Toronto you will definitely notice one difference which is the cleanliness of the subway cars. I have never seen public transportation this clean.

The picture of the Korean guy wearing a sports jacket was very interesting to see. There are salesmen that walk from car to car trying to sell their items. In Toronto they would get kicked out or arrested for harassing others but this was quite pleasant considering what it was. The salesman made his way to the middle of the car, gave his sales pitch that lasted 1-2 mins, never directed his pitch to an individual giving you the opportunity to listen or ignore, asked if anyone was interested and made his sales and left. We saw two salesmen in total during our subway trip, one was selling LED flashlights that had a magnetic bottom and was able to shoot a straight light beam to the end of the subway car and even with all the lights on we were able to see it and the guy you see here was selling a pocket size electric shaver.

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