【 Photo: Sea Train (Credit: KORAIL) 】
The Korea Railroad Co., better known as KORAIL, provides a multitude of special tourist trains to facilitate regional travel. Among these, the most popular are the Central Inland Region Train (O-Train), Baekdudaegan Mountain Range Canyon Train (V-Train), and the Sea Train traveling along the eastern coast. Read on to learn about these great travel options.
The O-Train derives its name from the word "One," as the three provinces (Gangwon-do, Chungcheongbuk-do, Gyeongsangbuk-do) in the country's central inland region are connected by this single circular route. The train was designed with the theme of four picturesque seasons of Baekdudaegan, Korea's grandest mountain range. The four-cabin train consists of two Eco cabins, a cabin for people with disabilities and a snack bar, and a cabin for families. The train includes individual seating (2-person & 4-person sets), as well as separate seating options for families and couples to accommodate the needs of different passengers. There are also individual observatory seats for people traveling on their own. The train is well-equipped with various themed seats and convenient amenities including a café, toilets, and more.
In addition, every seat has an in-seat power outlet so that passengers can recharge their phones or laptops as they ride. Sightseeing monitors installed throughout the train show the view from in front of the train as it runs along the tracks in real time. The O-Train operates once a day (round-trip) daily except Mondays. Passengers are allowed to board and depart the train at all stops along the way.
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The ‘V’ in V-Train stands for "valley," as it travels through the beautiful valley of Cheoram in Gangwon-do as well as Buncheon and Yangwon in Gyeongsangbuk-do. Riding on the V-Train is especially refreshing as the windows can be opened to feel the breeze. Traveling at a leisurely speed that is slower than regular trains, passengers can easily enjoy the changing views of the mountains and valley. The V-Train consists of three cabins made up of two observatory cabins and an observatory cabin with a mini café. This train was designed as an eco-friendly train and has no restrooms installed.
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*Adults (ages 13 & over) / Children (ages 6-12)
* Free for Preschoolers (under age 6)
The Sea Train is composed of four cars: two first-class cars, one economy car, and one family car. The first and the second cars make up the two first-class cars, one with individual seats and the other equipped with couple seats facing the window. The third car has table seats designed for families as well as a cafeteria. The last car is mainly for accommodating group travelers with seats for two or three people. The train ride takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes for a one-way trip and 3 hours for a round trip.
In addition to the refreshing ocean views through the wide windows, Sea Train offers much more. The first and second cars include Proposal Rooms for couples where they can enjoy a glass of wine during their romantic ride along the ocean shore. The third car is equipped with the Sea Train Café, where passengers can purchase a cup of coffee, light snacks, and even local products from the eastern coast region. The interior of the train is decorated in an undersea motif with images of diverse marine animals, serving as a perfect backdrop for memorable photos.
* The train operates only up to Samcheok Haebyeon Station as of June 8, 2019.