I’m so happy, I finally did it! I made 20-Bus maps.Why did I make these maps? I’ve been here a year and I had no idea you could get to the Three Story Daiso or Lotte Mart from the 20-Bus until a month ago. Why didn’t I know that? Cause I’m lazy and I wait until I can get the car from the husband and drive there instead. But the 20-Bus is your ticket to everywhere and you don’t have to worry about parking.
I don’t like that everyone has to re-invent the wheel when they move here. I like online resources, I like doing research beforehand and everything I’ve used in the past got me lost in a back alley somewhere. So here you go, another installment to make your life easier!
I Love your Maps but why isn’t my Favorite Restaurant on it?
These maps are the beginner’s guides to exploring Korea. The first questions I see when new people arrive are:
“What’s the Waze ID for Lotte Mart/ 3-story Daiso/ AK Plaza?”
“How do I ride the 20-Bus to AK?”
“Is the 5 fingers my Right hand or my Left?”
If the maps are missing something you want to find, have a friend mark it down for you. When you are ready to go, email them to yourself for quick reference or print them out and fold them into your wallet.
When you are feeling adventurous, Google “How to use Naver Maps for the bus” and learn how to get through the Korean GPS Smart Phone apps to get to new destinations.
Can I share these maps with my FRG/ Best Friends/ Facebook Group?
Yes! Please share and print these to your hearts desire. If you are sharing them with a larger group of people, such as an organization or FRG, please send me a message first at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment here.
How and Where do I get a T-Money Card?
Just like trash bags, traffic tickets and electric bills, your local convenience store is your one stop location for T-Money cards. T-Money cards can be used for the bus, subways and to pay your taxi fare.
Step 1: Buy a T-Money Card at a convenience store.
There will be a T-Money sticker on the outside of stores where you can purchase one. Cards cost around 3,000 won unless you want to pay a little more for a fancy Kakao friends card. Check your balance at at an electronic station at the bus stop and get it recharged at a T-Money terminal or a convenience store.
Kids and seniors get a discount so bring them with you when buying their cards. When they get on the bus and swipe their card, there will be a beeping sound indicating that the driver should look over and make sure it’s a kid or senior using that card.
Step 2: Charge the damn card.
“Sig, why are you cursing?” Did you ever feel like that kid in class who didn’t get why everyone was laughing and you find out the joke is on you? After you buy a card you have to charge it. That’s right, it comes with a zero balance. I don’t know why I didn’t figure this out after the first 2-3 times I got on a bus with an error. I thought all T-Money cards came with a starting balance.
It’s safe to start with 10,000-20,000 won on your first card and about half that for kids.
Here’s the Maps!
I have three 20-Bus maps available. There are other buses that go to AK Plaza from Paengseong but the most well known is the 20. It’s the most reliable because there are multiple 20-buses so the wait time is on average 15-30 minutes. Click each map for full resolution.
Updated May 22, 2017 – Added updated maps.