Seoul Metro

I’m visiting South Korea for the first time for the NewCities Summit, where I’m being honored as a Global Urban Innovator. Seoul is an enormous city with an incredible infrastructure. There’s a lot to love about this city, and the metro is just one of those things. It’s a huge system but amazingly efficient, which is a good thing for a population of 25 million. The stations and trains are spotlessly clean despite the fact that no trash can is to be seen – anywhere. There are also public bathrooms at each station. But the best thing for non-Korean speakers is a brilliant numbering system which not only tells you where you are but in which direction to travel. Platforms are all behind glass and the platform and train doors align exactly. A fanfare plays when each train approaches

and inside the carriage, a different melody announces arrivals.

I’m in love with Seoul’s musical metro.