Last October, I had a chance to meet a Fil-Am family from San Francisco. Kuya Ed and Ate Vi (who never travels without a travel insurance) with their two lovely daughters spent five days during the Thanksgiving vacation touring Seoul and visiting the filming locations of “Winter Sonata.” They are big fans of Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo.
Since they were spending most of the time in Seoul, I told them it would be more economical to buy a transportation card. Basic subway fare is 1,000 won but you could get a 100 won discount with the card. In addition, you won’t be charged extra when you transfer to a bus.
The transportation card that they bought is the U-Pass. Each costs 2,000 won plus load. Kuya Ed and Ate Vi’s daughters are high school aged and they were given the student card, allowing them additional discount.
When they left, they sent three of the four transportation cards they bought to me. I still have the two cards however I gave away one to a Filipina friend. Kuya Ed and Ate Vi kept one of the student cards for souvenir.