The Central Inland Region Tour Train commenced operations on April 12, 2013 and includes the circular O-Train and the V-Train, which journeys through Korea's inland valleys. The O-train loops around the central inland region, running through the provinces of Chungcheongbuk-do, Gangwon-do, and Gyeongsangbuk-do. The V-train, connecting Buncheon in Gyeongsangbuk-do and Cheoram in Gangwon-do, runs through scenic valleys. The newly-launched train routes offer passengers a more convenient and comfortable means of discovering the pastoral beauty of the rural and mountainous central regions.
A special one-day or multi-day pass allows passengers to freely explore all areas along the train's route at an affordable price. There are train passes for one, two, or three days, for which you can board both the O- and V-trains, as well as the general trains on connecting routes. Hop on the Central Inland Region Tour Train to explore Korea's stunning inland scenery!
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The O-train derives its name from the word "One," as the three provinces (Gangwon-do, Chungcheongbuk-do, Gyeongsangbuk-do) in the country's central inland region are connected by this circular route. The train was designed with the theme of the four picturesque seasons of Baekdudaegan, Korea's biggest and longest mountain range that stretches from Baekdusan Mountain to Jirisan Mountain. The four-car train carries up to 205 people and includes separate seating options for families and couples to accommodate the needs of different passengers. There are also individual observatory seats for people traveling on their own. The train is well-equipped with various convenience facilities including a café, children's play area, toilets, etc.
In addition, every seat has an in-seat power outlet so that passengers can recharge their cell phones or laptops as they ride. Sightseeing monitors installed throughout the train show the view from in front of the train as it runs along the tracks in real time.
The O-train passes through the cities of Seoul, Jecheon, Taebaek, and Yeongju once a day. Passengers can get on and off the train at all the stopping stations, and the train stops for 2 - 9 minutes (9 minutes: trains bound for Yeongju/ 2 minutes: trains bound for Seoul) at Chujeon Station, the highest station in Korea, to allow passengers to look down on the magnificent scenery.
Train stops: Seoul – Wonju - Jecheon - Yeongwol- Mindungsan – Gohan – Chujeon - Taebaek- Cheoram - Seungbu- Buncheon- Chunyang – Bonghwa – Yeongju
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The ‘V’ in V-train stands for "valley," as it travels through the remote mountainous areas of Gangwon-do and Gyeongsangbuk-do. It is also referred to as the "Baby Baekho (white tiger) Train" due to the motif on the train's exterior of a white tiger, which appears to be running through the Baekdudaegan mountain range.
While traveling through the steep valleys on the V-train, you will come to discover sites that still preserve scenes from the 1970s and '80s. As such, the train's interior has been decorated in retro style using props like a charcoal stove and incandescent lamps that were commonly used in the 1970s. In addition, the V-train crew's uniforms have been recreated from crew uniforms of the '70s.
The V-train makes three trips a day from Buncheon Station in Gyeongsangbuk-do to Cheoram in Gangwon-do. It has three cars that can accommodate up to 158 people. As the one-way trip on this train takes only an hour and 10 minutes, the train is equipped in minimalist fashion with only an observatory space and a café in addition to the passenger seats.
To provide clear views of the cliffs and valleys along the ride, a large portion of the train walls, excluding the ceiling, have been made into glass windows. Passengers can open and close the windows as they please to let in fresh mountain air. As the train journeys on, the crew members share little anecdotes related to the passing landscape (in Korean).
Unlike the O-train, the V-train is non-stop and makes only 5-10 minute stops at Yangwon Station, the smallest train station in Korea, and Seungbu Station, which has particularly beautiful scenery, so that passengers have time to take pictures.
Train stops: Buncheon – Bidong stop - Yangwon – Seungbu - Cheoram
|Train||Course||Departure Station||Departure Time||Travel Time|
|O-train||Seoul – Yeongju
Yeongju - Seoul
|6 hrs 21 mins|
|V-train||Buncheon – Cheoram||Buncheon Station||10:00 / 14:00 / 17:15||1 hr 10 mins|
|Category||1-day Pass||2-day Pass||3-day Pass|
(ages 26 - 54)
|54,700 won||66,100 won||77,500 won|
|Adolescents & Seniors
(ages 13 - 25, ages 55 and over)
|38,300 won||46,300 won||54,200 won|
(ages 12 and under)
|27,300 won||33,000 won||38,700 won|
Last updated on October 2, 2014