Seoul Subway Line 2

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Line 2
2호선(2號線)
I Hoseon
South Korea subway logo.svg
Seoul-Metro-2004-20070722.jpg
Statistics
Type Rapid transit
System Seoul Metropolitan Subway
Status Operational
Termini City Hall / Seongsu / Sindorim
City Hall / Sinseol-dong / Kkachisan
No. of stations 53
Operation
Opened October 31, 1980
Operator(s) Seoul Metro
Technical
Line length 60.2 km (37.4 mi)
No. of tracks 2

Seoul Subway Line 2 (dubbed The Circle Line) is a circular line of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. The line running clockwise is called the "inner circle line" and the counter-clockwise line is called the "outer circle line". This is Seoul's most heavily used line, and consists of the main loop (47.7 km), the Seongsu Branch (5.4 km) and the Sinjeong Branch (6.0 km) for a total line length of 60.2 km. The Line 2 loop is the second longest subway loop in the world after Beijing Subway Line 10.[1]

Headways on the line vary from 2 minutes 18 seconds on peak periods [2] and 5–6 minutes off-peak periods. The line connects the city centre to Gangnam, Teheran Valley and the COEX/KWTC complex.

History[edit]

Line 2 was built in 1978-84 together with the Seongsu Branch (the second Sinjeong Branch was built 1989-95). Dangsan bridge was closed for reconstruction in 1996 and reopened on 22 November 1999. The old steel girder bridge was replaced by a 1.3-kilometre (0.81 mi) long concrete bridge between Dangsan on the southern side of the river and Hapjeong on the northern bank.

Yongdu Station on the Seongsu Branch (between Sindap and Sinseol stations) is the first station in the Seoul Subway system with operating platform screen doors. As of 2008 platform screen doors are operating at all stations along Line 2. New rolling stock has also progressively come on line, replacing older vehicles.

  • October 31, 1980: Sinseol-dong - Sports Complex (via Seongsu) section opened
  • December 23, 1982: Sports Complex - Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Education section opened
  • September 16, 1983: Euljiro 1-ga - Seongsu section opened; Sinseol-dong - Seongsu section separated as Seongsu Branch
  • December 12, 1983: Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Education - Seoul Nat'l University section opened
  • May 22, 1984: Seoul Nat'l University - Euljiro 1-ga (via Sindorim) section opened; Circle Line completed
  • May 22, 1992: Sindorim - Yangcheon-gu Office section opened as Sinjeong Branch
  • February 29, 1996: Sinjeongnegeori Station opened as extension of Sinjeong Branch
  • March 20, 1996: Kkachisan Station opened as extension of Sinjeong Branch
  • October 20, 2005: Yongdu Station opened on the Seongsu Branch

Facilities[edit]

In December 2010 the line is recorded as having the highest WiFi data consumption in the Seoul Metropolitan area. It averaged 2.56 times more than the other 14 subway lines fitted with WiFi service zones.[3]

In 2011, retailer Home plus opened the world’s first virtual supermarket at Seolleung Station, where smartphone users can photograph the bar code the of life-size pictures, on the walls and platform screen doors, of 500 items of food, toiletries, electronics etc., for delivery within the same day.[4]

Main Line[edit]

Station
Number
Station Name
English
Station Name
Hangul
Station Name
Hanja
Transfer
Distance
in km
Total
Distance
Location
201
City Hall 시청 Line 1
---
0.0
Seoul
Jung-gu
202
Euljiro 1-ga 을지로입구
0.7
0.7
203
Euljiro 3-ga 을지로3가 3 Line 3
0.8
1.5
204
Euljiro 4-ga 을지로4가 4 Line 5
0.6
2.1
205
Dongdaemun History & Culture Park 동대문역사문화공원 Line 4 Line 5
1.0
3.1
206
Sindang 신당 Line 6
0.9
4.0
207
Sangwangsimni 상왕십리
0.9
4.9
Seongdong-gu
208
Wangsimni 왕십리 Line 5 Jungang Bundang
0.8
5.7
209
Hanyang University 한양대
1.0
6.7
210
Ttukseom 뚝섬 뚝섬
1.1
7.8
211
Seongsu 성수 Line 2 (Seongsu)
0.8
8.6
212
Konkuk University 건대입구 Line 7
1.2
9.8
Gwangjin-gu
213
Guui 구의
1.6
11.4
214
Gangbyeon 강변
0.9
12.3
215
Jamsillaru 잠실나루 나루
1.8
14.1
Songpa-gu
216
Jamsil 잠실 Line 8
1.0
15.1
217
Sincheon 신천
1.2
16.3
218
Sports Complex 종합운동장 Line 9 (2014)
1.2
17.5
219
Samseong 삼성
1.0
18.5
Gangnam-gu
220
Seolleung 선릉 Bundang
1.3
19.8
221
Yeoksam 역삼
1.2
21.0
222
Gangnam 강남 Shinbundang
0.8
21.8
223
Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Education 교대
(법원·검찰청)

(·)
Line 3
1.2
23.0
Seocho-gu
224
Seocho 서초
0.7
23.7
225
Bangbae 방배
1.7
25.4
226
Sadang 사당 Line 4
1.6
27.0
Dongjak-gu
227
Nakseongdae 낙성대
1.7
28.7
Gwanak-gu
228
Seoul National University 서울대입구 서울
1.0
29.7
229
Bongcheon 봉천
1.0
30.7
230
Sillim 신림
1.1
31.8
231
Sindaebang 신대방
1.8
33.6
Dongjak-gu
232
Guro Digital Complex 구로디지털단지 디지털
1.1
34.7
Guro-gu
233
Daerim 대림 Line 7
1.1
35.8
234
Sindorim 신도림 Line 1 Line 2 (Sinjeong)
1.8
37.6
235
Mullae 문래
1.2
38.8
Yeongdeungpo-gu
236
Yeongdeungpo-gu Office 영등포구청 Line 5
0.9
39.7
237
Dangsan 당산 Line 9
1.1
40.8
238
Hapjeong 합정 Line 6
2.0
42.8
Mapo-gu
239
Hongik University 홍대입구 AREX
1.1
43.9
240
Sinchon 신촌역 (지하)
1.3
45.2
241
Ewha Woman's University 이대
0.8
46.0
242
Ahyeon 아현
0.9
46.9
243
Chungjeongno 충정로 Line 5
0.8
47.7
Seodaemun-gu
201
City Hall 시청 Line 1
1.1
48.8
Jung-gu

Seongsu Branch[edit]

Station
Number
Station Name
English
Station Name
Hangul
Station Name
Hanja
Transfer
Distance
in km
Total
Distance
Location
211
Seongsu 성수 Line 2 (Main Line)
---
0.0
Seoul
Seongdong-gu
211-1
Yongdap 용답
2.3
2.3
211-2
Sindap 신답
1.0
3.3
211-3
Yongdu 용두
0.9
4.2
Dongdaemun-gu
211-4
Sinseol-dong 신설동 Line 1
Ui LRT (2014)
1.2
5.4

Sinjeong Branch[edit]

Station
Number
Station Name
English
Station Name
Hangul
Station Name
Hanja
Transfer
Distance
in km
Total
Distance
Location
234
Sindorim 신도림 Line 1 Line 2 (Main Line)
---
0.0
Seoul
Guro-gu
234-1
Dorimcheon 도림천
1.0
1.0
234-2
Yangcheon-gu Office 양천구청
1.7
2.7
Yangcheon-gu
234-3
Sinjeongnegeori 신정네거리 네거리
1.9
4.6
234-4
Kkachisan 까치산 까치 Line 5
1.4
6.0
Gangseo-gu

Extension[edit]

There is a possible extension currently in the conception stage to extend the Sinjeong Branch to 3.7 km to Gayang Station on Line 9. The path would include a new station named Gangseo-gu Office in between Kkachisan and Gayang.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.exploremetro.com/blog/beijing-subway-line-10-if-you-like-it-then-you-should-have-put-a-ring-round-it
  2. ^ [사회]서울 지하철2호선 출근길 배차간격 12초 짧아져. Ytn.co.kr (2010-11-22). Retrieved on 2013-07-12.
  3. ^ "Seoul Subway Line No. 2 Becomes Major WiFi Hotspot". Chosun Ilbo. 24 December 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Murthy, Rishika (22 September 2011). "Seoul's 6 coolest subway stops". CNN Travel. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Han, Woojin (2012-02-01). "서울지하철 2호선 신정지선 연장" (Korean Language). 미래 철도 DB. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 

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