Gyeongui Line

The Gyeongui Line is a railway line between Seoul Station and Dorasan Station in Paju. Korail operates the Seoul Metropolitan Subway service between Seoul Station and Imjingang Station.

Gyeongui Line
The Gyeongui Line crossing the Imjin River in 2006
Native name경의선(京義線)
OwnerKorea Rail Network Authority
TypeHeavy rail, Passenger/Freight
Regional rail
OpenedNovember 5, 1905 (actual opening)
April 1, 1908 (passenger service)
July 1, 2009 (Seoul Metropolitan Subway service)
Line length56.1 km (34.9 mi)
Number of tracksDouble track (Seoul - Munsan)
Single track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification25 kV/60 Hz AC Catenary
Route map

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Gyeongbu Line (to yongsan station)
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0.0 Seoul Seoul Metro Line 4.svg
Seoul Metro Line 1.svg
0.7 Seosomun
Closed in 1944
1.8 Ahyeonri
Closed in 1944
3.1 Sinchon
Sinchon Connection Line
Yongsan Line
Seoul Metro Arex Line.png
5.8 Gajwa
7.5 DMC Seoul Metro Line 6.svg
8.1 Susaek
Susaek Rail yard
Susaek Direct connection Line
Seoul Metro Arex Line.png
11.5 Hwajeon
14.0 Gangmae
14.9 Haengsin
Goyang Rail Yard
16.4 Neunggok
Seoul Metro Line 3.svg
18.2 Daegok
Gyooe Line (Suburb line)
Seoul Ring Expressway
19.9 Goksan
21.5 Baengma
23.2 Pungsan
25.1 llsan
26.8 Tanhyeon
28.9 Yadang
30.4 Unjeong
33.5 Geumneung
35.6 Geumchon
39.7 Wollong
41.9 Paju
Munsan Rail Yard
46.3 Munsan
50.0 Uncheon
52.3 Imjin river St.
Imjin river
56.1 Dorasan
57.8 Jangdan
Closed in 1950
ROK-DPRK border
63.4 Panmun
Pyongbu Line
Gyeongui Line
Revised RomanizationGyeonguiseon


For the original line's history and other information prior to 1945, see Gyeongui Line (1904–1945).

Originally the line continued to P'yŏngyang and Sinŭiju, where it connected to the South Manchuria Railway, linking the Korean railway system to the rest of Asia and Europe.

The Korean Empire intended to build the Gyeongui Line with its own resources at the end of the 19th century, but the project stalled due to lack of funds.[1] Imperial Japan, which gained a concession to build the Gyeongbu Line from Busan to Seoul, also sought to gain control of the Gyeongui Line project as its continuation further north, recognising the trunk route as a means to keep Korea under its influence.[1] The line was also advanced for military considerations in expectation of a confrontation with Russia, which came in 1904 as the Russo-Japanese War.[1] At the start of the war, Japan ignored Korea's declaration of neutrality and transported troops to Incheon, and forced the Korean government to sign an agreement that gave Japan's military control of railway projects if deemed necessary for military operations.[1] Japan's military began to build the Gyeongui Line, while troop bases were established in connection with the railway, the biggest of them next to the terminus of the line, Yongsan Station in Seoul.[1]

Freight service on the entirety of the Gyeongui Line was started on April 3, 1906.[2]

Inter-Korea borderEdit

After the division of Korea in 1945, trains stopped operating between the north and south halves of the country, meaning that southern trains probably terminated at Kaesŏng, which is now in North Korea but was at the time part of the US-administered southern zone. Northern trains would have terminated north of Kaesŏng.

After the end of the Korean War in 1953, southern trains were cut back to around Munsan (north of Seoul), with northern trains terminating at Kaesŏng. Around the same time, North Korea renamed the P'yŏngyang-Kaesŏng section of the line as the P'yŏngbu (P'yŏngyang + Busan) Line and the P'yŏngyang-Sinŭiju section as the P'yŏngŭi (P'yŏngyang + Sinŭiju) Line. The DPRK sector is now 100% electrified, although the double track section spans only from Pyongyang to Sunan Airport.

Since the summit between the two Koreas in 2000, an effort has slowly been underway to reconnect the Gyeongui Line.[3] Southern passenger service has been extended to Dorasan on the edge of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and tracks have been built across the DMZ itself. In October 2004, the Northern connection from the DMZ to Kaesŏng was finally completed. Simultaneous test runs along the rebuilt cross-border sections of both the Gyeongui Line and the Donghae Bukbu Line were set for May 25, 2006, but North Korean military authorities cancelled the plans a day ahead of the scheduled event.[3] However, at a meeting held in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 22, 2007, North and South Korea agreed to restart the project.[3] On May 17, 2007, the first train, carrying North and South Korean delegations, travelled from Munsan Station in the South to Kaesong in the North.[4] The first test run on the Donghae Bukbu Line took place at the same time.[3] According to South Korean representatives, the North has agreed in principle to regular passenger and freight service along the two train lines.[5] On 30 November 2018 an engineers' inspection train from South Korea crossed the border at Dorasan for an assessment, conducted jointly with North Korean officials, of the North's Kaesong to Sinuiju (P'yŏngŭi) line, and rail routes northwards from Mount Kumgang.[6]


Meanwhile, work began to upgrade the South Korean section for high-capacity commuter services. Between Seoul and Munsan, the line is converted into an electrified, double-tracked railway in a new, straighter, 48.6 km long alignment.[7] Work began in November 1999, with a budget originally estimated at 1,970 billion won.[8] The section from Digital Media City (DMC) to Munsan was finished on July 1, 2009.[7] The remaining section will be mostly underground between Gajwa Station in northwestern Seoul to Yongsan Station in downtown Seoul.[7] As of 2009, construction progress on the entire Seoul–Munsan section reached 74% of a total budget then estimated at 2,153.271 billion won.[7] The section is to be finished by 2014[9] and the freed area on the surface was reconstructed into a park known as the Gyeongui Line Forest Park.[10]

The line is to be further upgraded for 230 kilometres per hour (140 mph), as part of a government strategic plan to reduce travel times for 95% of Korea to under 2 hours by 2020, which was announced on September 1, 2010.[11]



Seoul Metropolitan SubwayEdit

The Gyeongui Line opened as a part Seoul Metropolitan Subway on July 1, 2009 from Seoul to Munsan. The line connects Seoul, Digital Media City, Ilsan, Paju, and Munsan, and offers transfers to Line 3, Line 6, and AREX.

The main line terminated at Digital Media City Station when first opened, while a separate branch continued to Seoul Station. On December 15, 2012, the main line was extended to Gongdeok Station, providing transfers to Line 2 and Line 5. On December 27, 2014, the main line service was further extended to Yongsan Station from Gongdeok Station, and the service was renamed to the Gyeongui–Jungang Line following the merging of the line with the Jungang Line.

The term "subway" in reference to this line is somewhat of a misnomer, as the line runs underground for less than three percent of its length. The upgraded line simply follows alignment of the old line built 100 years ago. The outer portion of the line runs largely through countryside rice paddies, forests, and vegetable fields, and outside of Seoul rarely enters urbanized areas. It is mostly at-grade, and includes several at-grade crossings with local roads, where Korail employees stand by on duty to stop traffic.

Regular rail serviceEdit

Before the integration with the subway system, the most common service on the line was a Tonggeun train service between Seoul and Imjingang, with one Saemaeul-ho train. Since the line was integrated with the Seoul Subway system, Tonggeun service had been restricted to a few stations in the north, from Munsan to Imjingang, with a few continuing on to Dorasan, near the North Korean border.


There is a depot for Korea Train Express (KTX) trains along the Gyeongui Line at Haengsin Station.[12] Some KTX services thus continue beyond Seoul respective Yongsan Station and terminate at Haengsin Station.[13]

The line may see more KTX service after the upgrade for 230 km/h considered in the government's strategic plan for 2020.[11]


This list does not include stations served only by Gyeongui-Jungang Line metro trains.

Uncheon and Dorasan stations are planned to become a part of the Gyeongui-Jungang metro line in 2021.

Station number
(Seoul Subway)
Station Hangul Hanja Services
P313 Seoul 서울 Seoul Metropolitan Subway:      
  Gyeongbu HSR
  ITX-Saemaeul services
  Mugunghwa-ho services
DMZ Train
K320 Haengsin 행신   Gyeongbu HSR
  Honam HSR
  Gyeongbu   Honam
  Gyeongjeon   Jeolla
K335 (terminus) Munsan 문산 DMZ Train
K336 (TBD) Uncheon 운천
K336 Imjingang 임진강
K338 (TBD) Dorasan 도라산

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Korea's Railway Network the Key to Imperial Japan's Control". The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  2. ^ "경영원칙 > 경영공시 > 영업현황 > 영업거리현황". Korail. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  3. ^ a b c d "Trans-Korean Railway" (PDF). Korean Rail Technology (English). 9: 09–11. September 2007. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  4. ^ Choe Sang-hun (2007-05-18). "North and South Send Trains Across the Korean Frontier". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-05-18.
  5. ^ "Freight Rail Link Between Two Koreas Seems Imminent". Forbes. 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  6. ^ "S.Korea's train departs for DPRK for joint railway inspection". Global Times. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "용산∼문산 복선전철". Korea Rail Network Authority. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  8. ^ "South Korea's growing network". Railway Gazette International. 2008-09-08. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  9. ^ "[수도권II] 경의선 효창정거장 부지 220m 때문에" (in Korean). Chosun. August 25, 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  10. ^ 폐철로 위에 핀 '녹색문화공원' (in Korean). The Chosun Ilbo. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  11. ^ a b "Bullet trains coming to a town near you by 2020". JoongAng Daily. 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  12. ^ Lee, Kyung Chul (August 2007). "Launch of Korean High-Speed Railway and Efforts to Innovate Future Korean Railway" (PDF). Japan Railway & Transport Review (48): 30–35. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-03-13. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  13. ^ "Booking". Korail. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2010-10-18.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Gyeongui Line at Wikimedia Commons