Seoul Subway Line 2

Seoul Subway Line 2 (Korean: 서울 지하철 2호선), also known as the Circle Line, is a circular line of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. The line running clockwise is called the "inner circle line" and the counter-clockwise line is called the "outer circle line". This is Seoul's most heavily used line, and consists of the main loop (47.7 km), the Seongsu Branch (5.4 km) and the Sinjeong Branch (6.0 km) for a total line length of 60.2 km. The Line 2 loop is the second longest subway loop in the world after Beijing Subway Line 10.[1]

Line 2
South Korea subway logo.svg Seoul Metro Line 2.svg
Seoul Metro Line 2 train arriving at Guro Digital Complex (2-09).jpg
Overview
Native name2호선(二號線)
I Hoseon
StatusOperational
TerminiCity Hall / Seongsu / Sindorim
City Hall / Sinseol-dong / Kkachisan
Stations51
Service
TypeRapid transit
SystemSeoul Metropolitan Subway
Operator(s)Seoul Metro
History
OpenedOctober 31, 1980 (1980-10-31)
Technical
Line length60.2 km (37.4 mi)
Number of tracks2
Electrification1.5 kV DC overhead catenary
Operating speed80 km/h (50 mph)

Headways on the line vary from 2 minutes 18 seconds on peak periods [2] and 5–6 minutes off-peak periods. The line connects the city centre to Gangnam, Teheran Valley and the COEX/KWTC complex.

HistoryEdit

Line 2 was built in 1978–84 together with the Seongsu Branch (the second Sinjeong Branch was built 1989–95). Dangsan bridge was closed for reconstruction in 1996 and reopened November 22, 1999. The old steel girder bridge was replaced by a 1.3-kilometre (0.81 mi) long concrete bridge between Dangsan on the southern side of the river and Hapjeong on the northern bank.

Yongdu station on the Seongsu Branch (between Sindap and Sinseol stations) is the first station in the Seoul Subway system with operating platform screen doors. As of 2008 platform screen doors are operating at all stations along Line 2. New rolling stock has also progressively came on line, replacing older vehicles.

  • October 31, 1980: Sinseol-dong – Sports Complex (via Seongsu) section opened
  • December 23, 1982: Sports Complex – Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Education section opened
  • September 16, 1983: Euljiro 1-ga – Seongsu section opened; Sinseol-dong – Seongsu section separated as Seongsu Branch
  • December 17, 1983: Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Education – Seoul Nat'l University section opened
  • May 22, 1984: Seoul Nat'l University – Euljiro 1-ga (via Sindorim) section opened; Circle Line completed
  • May 22, 1992: Sindorim – Yangcheon-gu Office section opened as Sinjeong Branch
  • February 29, 1996: Sinjeongnegeori Station opened as extension of Sinjeong Branch
  • March 20, 1996: Kkachisan Station opened as extension of Sinjeong Branch
  • October 20, 2005: Yongdu Station opened on the Seongsu Branch

FacilitiesEdit

In December 2010 the line is recorded as having the highest WiFi data consumption in the Seoul Metropolitan area. It averaged 2.56 times more than the other 14 subway lines fitted with WiFi service zones.[3]

In 2011, retailer Home plus opened the world's first virtual supermarket at Seolleung station, where smartphone users can photograph the bar code of life-size pictures, on the walls and platform screen doors, of 500 items of food, toiletries, electronics etc., for delivery within the same day.[4]

StationsEdit

Main LineEdit

Station
Number
Station Name
English
Station Name
Hangul
Station Name
Hanja
Transfer
Distance
in km
Total
Distance
Location
201
City Hall 시청  
---
0.0
Seoul
Jung-gu
202
Euljiro 1-ga
(Industrial Bank of Korea)
을지로입구
0.7
0.7
203
Euljiro 3-ga 을지로3가 3  
0.8
1.5
204
Euljiro 4-ga 을지로4가 4  
0.6
2.1
205
Dongdaemun History & Culture Park 동대문역사문화공원    
1.0
3.1
206
Sindang 신당  
0.9
4.0
207
Sangwangsimni 상왕십리
0.9
4.9
Seongdong-gu
208
Wangsimni
(Seongdong-gu Office)
왕십리
(성동구청)

()
     
0.8
5.7
209
Hanyang University 한양대
1.0
6.7
210
Ttukseom 뚝섬 뚝섬
1.1
7.8
211
Seongsu 성수   (Seongsu branch)
0.8
8.6
212
Konkuk University 건대입구  
1.2
9.8
Gwangjin-gu
213
Guui
(Gwangjin-gu Office)
구의
(광진구청)

()
1.6
11.4
214
Gangbyeon
(Dongseoul Bus Terminal)
강변
(동서울터미널)

(서울터미널)
0.9
12.3
215
Jamsillaru 잠실나루 나루
1.8
14.1
Songpa-gu
216
Jamsil
(Songpa-gu Office)
잠실
(송파구청)

()
 
1.0
15.1
217
Jamsilsaenae 잠실새내 새내
1.2
16.3
218
Sports Complex 종합운동장  
1.2
17.5
219
Samseong
(World Trade Center Seoul)
삼성
(무역센터)

(貿센터)
1.0
18.5
Gangnam-gu
220
Seolleung 선릉  
1.3
19.8
221
Yeoksam 역삼
1.2
21.0
222
Gangnam 강남  
0.8
21.8
223
Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Education
(Court & Public Prosecutor's Office)
교대
(법원·검찰청)

(·)
 
1.2
23.0
Seocho-gu
224
Seocho 서초
0.7
23.7
225
Bangbae
(Baekseok Arts Univ.)
방배
1.7
25.4
226
Sadang
(Daehang Hospital)
사당  
1.6
27.0
Dongjak-gu
227
Nakseongdae 낙성대
1.7
28.7
Gwanak-gu
228
Seoul National University
(Gwanak-gu Office)
서울대입구
(관악구청)
서울
()
1.0
29.7
229
Bongcheon 봉천
1.0
30.7
230
Sillim
(Yangji Hospital)
신림 Sillim Line (2022)
1.1
31.8
231
Sindaebang 신대방
1.8
33.6
Dongjak-gu
232
Guro Digital Complex
(Wonkwang Digital Univ.)
구로디지털단지 디지털
1.1
34.7
Guro-gu
233
Daerim
(Guro-gu Office)
대림
(구로구청)

()
 
1.1
35.8
234
Sindorim 신도림     (Sinjeong branch)
1.8
37.6
235
Mullae 문래
1.2
38.8
Yeongdeungpo-gu
236
Yeongdeungpo-gu Office 영등포구청  
0.9
39.7
237
Dangsan 당산  
1.1
40.8
238
Hapjeong
(Holt Children's Services Inc.)
합정  
2.0
42.8
Mapo-gu
239
Hongik University 홍대입구    
1.1
43.9
240
Sinchon 신촌
1.3
45.2
241
Ewha Womans University 이대
0.8
46.0
242
Ahyeon
(Chugye Univ. for the Arts)
아현
0.9
46.9
243
Chungjeongno
(Kyonggi University)
충정로
(경기대입구)

()
 
0.8
47.7
Seodaemun-gu

Seongsu BranchEdit

Station
Number
Station Name
English
Station Name
Hangul
Station Name
Hanja
Transfer
Distance
in km
Total
Distance
Location
211
Seongsu 성수   (Main Line)
---
0.0
Seoul
Seongdong-gu
211-1
Yongdap 용답
2.3
2.3
211-2
Sindap 신답
1.0
3.3
211-3
Yongdu
(Dongdaemun-gu Office)
용두
(동대문구청)

()
0.9
4.2
Dongdaemun-gu
211-4
Sinseol-dong 신설동    
1.2
5.4

Sinjeong BranchEdit

Station
Number
Station Name
English
Station Name
Hangul
Station Name
Hanja
Transfer
Distance
in km
Total
Distance
Location
234
Sindorim 신도림     (Main Line)
---
0.0
Seoul
Guro-gu
234-1
Dorimcheon 도림천
1.0
1.0
234-2
Yangcheon-gu Office 양천구청
1.7
2.7
Yangcheon-gu
234-3
Sinjeongnegeori 신정네거리 네거리
1.9
4.6
234-4
Kkachisan 까치산 까치  
1.4
6.0
Gangseo-gu

ExtensionEdit

There is a possible extension currently in the conception stage to extend the Sinjeong Branch to 3.7 km to Gayang Station on Line 9. The path would include a new station named Gangseo-gu Office in between Kkachisan and Gayang.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Beijing Subway Line 10: "If you like it then you should have put a ring round it"". December 9, 2012.
  2. ^ [사회]서울 지하철2호선 출근길 배차간격 12초 짧아져. Ytn.co.kr (2010-11-22). Retrieved on 2013-07-12.
  3. ^ "Seoul Subway Line No. 2 Becomes Major WiFi Hotspot". Chosun Ilbo. December 24, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  4. ^ Murthy, Rishika (September 22, 2011). "Seoul's 6 coolest subway stops". CNN Travel. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Han, Woojin (February 1, 2012). "서울지하철 2호선 신정지선 연장" (Korean Language). 미래 철도 DB. Retrieved December 9, 2012.

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