Offering riders a cultural commute : Stations along the new Ui-Sinseol line offer space for art and events
The train, which began running earlier this month, runs without a driver on board through 13 stations from Sinseol-dong in Dongdaemun District, eastern Seoul, to Ui-dong in Gangbuk District, northern Seoul. Six stations are designated “art stations” and display different creative works. The walls of the station are covered in artwork as well as information for those who want to learn more about cultural events across the city. Subway stations become platforms where cultural trends are shared instead of just places that people walk through on their way to somewhere else.
At Sungshin Women’s University station, artist na kim, also known by her Korean name Kim Young-na, decorated a wall by the escalators with colorful patterns. She was named Today’s Young Artist by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2014. Some other stops along the line featuring art are Bomun, Solsaem, Jeongneung, Bukhansan Ui stations.
“The subway line goes beyond just being a transportation method and provides a cultural experience for residents in the northeastern part of [Seoul], where we have a lack of cultural facilities,” said Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon.
The fee for riding the Ui-Sinseol line is the same as riding most other subway lines in Seoul - 1,250 won ($1.10) for adults, 720 won for teenagers and 450 won for children. The same transfer system applies as well.
BY LEE SUN-MIN
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