Friday, October 5, 2007

Yongsan Station - Electronics Mart

Yongsan Station is a major railway station in Seoul, South Korea. It is located in Yongsan-gu, and adjoins the Yongsan Electronics Market. The station is the terminus for high-speed and long-distance trains on a number of railway lines, including most trains on the Honam Line, and all trains on the Janghang and Jeolla Lines.
Prior to 2004, all long-distance trains serving Seoul terminated at nearby Seoul Station, but with the opening of the Korea Train Express (KTX), Yongsan Station took over some of Seoul's services.

Yongsan Station is also served by Seoul Subway Line 1 and Yongsan-Deokso Line.
In 2004, a major movie theater was opened adjacent to the station. In August 2006, the whole station building was made into a large department store, called IPark Mall.

The building now includes the train station, subway station, the CGV movie theatre, several restaurants and shops as well as housing the first building of Yongsan Electronics Market. There is a bridge connecting IPark Mall and the Yongsan Electronics Market. (Wikipedia)

Yongsan Plaza Enterance

The terminal area of Yongsan Station

This was one of two levels that sold mainly cell phones. If you thought it was bad having cellular stores all over at home, think again, this is much worse! You can buy the same cell phone / hand phone at more than 5 different booths, not sure if the prices differ. There are a couple major cellular carriers in South Korea - KT and KTF (now branded as SHOW). There are a lot of cool phones with streaming TV and video, these are widely used on the subways.

This entertainment stage is also part of the I Park Mall. Some was there performing for the launch of a new GM Daewoo G2X. Looks pretty similar to a Saturn Sky made by GM in North American.. Click here to take a peak.

Attention all gamers! It's the character from Halo, for the big release of Halo 3, you could play it here in the CGV theater!


Night view of Younsan Station

These steps were really cool - they turned it in to a mini waterfall with flashing lights. I tried to get a clean shot, but the little girl would not stop playing on the steps.. so she became the star of these photos.

Click here for more information on the station and the I Park Mall at Tour2Korea