Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Travel: Train ride in Korea

I was excited just buying the ticket to go to Seoul last weekend. You know why?

The reason definitely wasn't because of this...

But this... THIS was what it was ALL about!

This is the super-duper-bullet-speed-o'light-fast KTX train that I took on the second leg of the journey. I had to transfer trains at Iksan, on the way to/from Seoul, since the high speed KTXs only did a handful of direct routes. If you really want to know, just take it that I live in the back woods...


Being the country bumpkin that I am, I have never ever taken a bullet train before, and this puppy went extremely fast! Though the clocked time on the picture was 298.4km/h, I've spotted it doing 300.5km/h!

Wooooooooooooo hooooooooooo!



Everything on the KTX was screaming STYLE, from sleek automatic doors, down to the ultra-comfy seats. Even the suspension must have been some engineering work of art. The train simply did not feel like it was going THAT fast ~ It was so QUIET!

Not to mention, it was a real boost of the ol' ego riding in one...



If you think there mighta been problems transiting from one train to another in the frosty winter cold. Think again... Koreans have got it ALL figured out.

On the platforms, were these cool-ass waiting bays, with their thermostats set at a fuzzy 20 Celsius inside.

Cool!


However, a hint for those who are reading this and MIGHT be considering traveling through Korea on your own...

DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT
(until you've picked up SOME Korean)

It's not impossible though, but for the life of me, timetables and staff that spoke English were few and far in between. Bummer ain't it?

Anyway, just to let you all know ~ I'm feeling like a little boy again since the choo choo train ride from the weekend. Yipeeeeee!

7 Comments:

At January 24, 2006 8:16 PM, Anonymous Laynie said...

Tch. You're mortal too ya know!!

But that bullet train looks sooooo cool.

 
At January 24, 2006 8:53 PM, Blogger Jo said...

Wow...impressive design...
u sounds so excited to try on this train...really kewl!
what a good experienced...:)

 
At January 25, 2006 9:00 AM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

Laynie: Eh... let me ego for two seconds ok.

One more time... "EAT DUST MORTALS!"

jo: Yeah, I guess it's the first time, so it was kind of interesting.

 
At January 25, 2006 10:21 AM, Blogger hteekay said...

cool, how does it feel to move in such high speed huh? did you feel the thrust when it 1st move? I want to a ride too!!

I rode steam powered train once, it was kinda romantic but ho-boy was it slow.....

 
At January 25, 2006 11:03 AM, Anonymous louyau said...

Eh! London is soooooo out!

 
At January 27, 2006 10:03 AM, Anonymous m@ri said...

Paris to London TGV is cool too~ I think it's just as fast and just as comfortable...

 
At January 31, 2006 10:07 AM, Anonymous G said...

I envy you so much your ride on the KTX! Damn!

That's on my list of things to do when I make it up to the mainland next time.

 

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