Gubanpo Station

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Gubanpo Station
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gubanpo-yeok
McCune–Reischauer Kubanp'o-yŏk
General information
Location 1053 Banpo bon-dong
Seocho-gu, Seoul
Operated by Seoul Metro Line 9 Corporation
Line(s)      Line 9
Platforms 2 (2 side platforms)
Tracks 2
Bus routes 148 360 361 362 406 462 540 640 642 643
4212 4318 4425 6411
9500 9501
Structure type Underground
Key dates
June 24, 2009      Line 9 opened

Gubanpo Station is a railway station on Line 9 of the Seoul Subway.

Prior to the opening of Line 9, it was planned to be called Seoritgae Station, but the name was changed due to various reasons posed by local residents.

Basic information (translation of Korean Wikipedia)[edit]

Gubanpo Station is a station located at 1053 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul. It opened on July 24, 2009 with the opening of Phase 1 of Seoul Subway Line 9 (Hangul:수도권 전철 9호선) . It is the 25th station from the starting/ending point, Gaehwa, and is 4 stations from Sinnonhyeon Station, the last station of Phase 1. It is 1.0 km from Dongjak Station, which is a transfer station with Line 4. It is also 1.5 km from Express Bus Terminal Station, where you can transfer to Lines 3 and 7.


Gubanpo Station was originally planned to be named Seoritgae Station, but was named Gubanpo Station because 6700 residents disagreed naming the station by Seoritgae. (Seoritgae means ‘A stream of water flows round and round”. (Hangul: 개울물이 서리서리 굽이쳐 흐른다.)) There were three reasons why residents did not like the name Seoritgae.

1. The Gubanpo area was never called ‘Seoritgae’ before and could actually confuse people with Seorae Village nearby. 2. Seoritgae ends with ‘-gae’(‘-개’) which stands for ‘dog’ with may make people think of it as a bad word. 3. The name has a bad innotation because Seori in Korean means ‘to raid on a person’s property out of a mischievous motive.

Because of these reasons residents requested to change the name to Gubanpo Station or Banpo-bon Dong Station and the name was changed to Gubanpo after a discussion.

People who agreed with the name ‘Seoritgae’ said that it could be chaotic because there would 3 stations in the area with the name ‘Banpo’, which are Gubanpo, Sinbanpo, and Banpo.

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit
Lobby Customer Service, Shops, Vending machines, ATMs
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Line 9 Local toward Gaehwa (Dongjak)
Line 9 Express does not stop here
Eastbound Line 9 Local toward Sports Complex (Sinbanpo)
Line 9 Express does not stop here →
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. Isugyo
  2. Banpo Hangang Park
  3. Banpo Elementary and Middle School.


  1. [1]
  2. Dong-a Prime Korean-English Dictionary
  3. [2]
  4. ko:구반포역

Preceding station   Seoul Metropolitan Subway   Following station
toward Gaehwa
Line 9

Coordinates: 37°30′05″N 126°59′14″E / 37.50139°N 126.98722°E / 37.50139; 126.98722