Seoul Living: The Water Taxi

Sunday, July 03, 2005

If Taxis aren’t your thing and you feel that the subways are just a little too crowded then there is another form of transportation (beat)if you are feeling aquatic.

Seoul has 12 water taxis that run along the Han River that run from 10am to 8pm and they make 12 stops. They stop at the Jamsil Ferry Dock, Tkukseom Park, Seoul Forest, Jamwon Pier, Yeouido 119, Mangwon, Nanji, and others. There are 3 different lines: the green, blue, and orange. The Green goes from Jamsil Pier to Nanji and it is primarily a tour taxi. The Orange and purple lines are business commuting boats. The Green goes from Jamil to Nanji and the Orange starts at Ttukseom Resort and ends at Yeouinaru Station. This is on the purple line, line 5. So if you are headed to the Yongsan area this is a fun way to get there.

I am, personally, a huge fan of the water taxis because you get away from the maddening crowds and there is sense of romantic freedom out on the sea.

OK, I don’t want this getting out, but you know the famous scene in Titanic when Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio do the whole flying thing on the hull of the boat? I totally did that.

The other people on the boat were envious. I know it.

The water taxis run every day from 8am to 10pm. During the mornings there is only a 10-minute wait and in the evenings they run every 15 minutes.

There is a fixed price of 5000 won during express hours which are from 7am to 830pm and from 6:30 to 8pm. These taxis go from Ttukseoum to Yeouido and Jamsil to Yeouido.

I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a bit more expensive but if you have a lot of friends, it’s really quite cheap. Fares range from 5,800- 60,000 per trip. The 60,000 is if you are going all the way from Jamsil to Nanji.

Also, that is per boat, not per person and that deal is good for up to 7 people per boat. For example if you are going from Yeouinaru to 선유도, the total fare is 11300 but if you have 7 people and you divide it up, then it would only cost 1,600 won. I think that’s totally cheap. Now if you want to have a private vessel with your loved one, you can easily do that. I suggest you get a bottle of champagne and a couple of baguettes with cheese- this would make a perfect date.
(Coughs…pause and a little louder)
Again, This would make the perfect
date! I hope my numb nut of a boyfriend gets the hint.

Anyway, the water taxis are a wonderful way to get around in Seoul. Be sure to make reservations at 1588-3960. You can also make online reservations at www.pleasantseoul.com

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