Hyehwa Station (혜화역) Line 4 – Station #420

I’m writing this at Hakrim Dabang (학림다방), on the second floor of a building whose windows look out over Daehang-no (대학로).  As this project has progressed I’ve shied away more and more from talking about restaurants, cafes, bars, or any other kind of business because with the Darwinian rate of turnover among businesses in Seoul…

Hakdong Station (학동역) Line 7 – Station #731

Back to where it all began. Well, almost. We started this project nearly two years ago one stop away, at Nonhyeon Station (논현역), and the trip to Hakdong brought some familiar sights with it. Foremost among these is Nonhyeon Furniture Street (논현가구거리), which runs along Hakdong-ro (학동로) between the Line 7 stations, and if you’re…

Chongshin University Station (총신대입구역) and Isu Station (이수역) Line 4 – Station #432, Line 7 – Station #736

An anomaly in the Seoul subway system, the Line 4 station and Line 7 station in this neighborhood that marks the dividing line between Dongjak-gu and Seocho-gu actually bear different names, despite being a transfer point.  The Line 4 station is called Chongshin University, while the connecting Line 7 station is Isu.  I’m not privy…