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Explore Korea’s Striking Inland Region Aboard a Sightseeing Train

The Central Inland Region Tour Train commenced operations on April 12, 2013 and includes the circular O-Train and 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 Province and Cheolam in Gangwon-do Province, 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.

In particular, a 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, three, five, or seven 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!

[Central Inland Region Tour Train Route Map]

[Map Credit: KORAIL (http://www.korail.com)]

O-train


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 rooms for people traveling on their own. Moreover, it is well-equipped with various convenience facilities including a café, children's play area, toilets, etc.
Every seat has an in-seat power outlet so that passengers can recharge their cell phones or laptops. The sightseeing monitors installed throughout the train show the train running along the track in real time.

The O-train passes through the cities of Jechoen, Taekbaek, Yeongju, and Jecheon stations four times a day. Passengers can get on and off the train at all the stopping stations, and the train stops for 10 minutes at Chujeon Station, the highest station in Korea, to allow passengers to look down on the magnificent scenery.

Circular Course (train stops): Jecheon - Yeongwol- Mindungsan – Gohan – Chujeon - Taebaek- Cheoram - Seungbu- Buncheon- Chunyang – Bonghwa – Yeongju – Punggi – Danyang – Jecheon

[O-train Course Nearby Attractions]


Punggi Ginseng Market


Seonbichon Village in Yeongju


Jeongseon Arii Hills Resort


365 Safe Town in Taebaek


Ondal Tourist Park in Danyang


Jecheon Uirimji Reservoir and Jerim Forest

V-train


The V-train stands for "valley" and travels through the remote mountainous areas of Gangwon-do Province and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. It is also referred to as the "Baby Baekho (white tiger) Train" due to the motif of the train's exterior of a white tiger running through the Baekdudaegan mountain range.

While travelling through the steep valleys on a V-train, you will come to discover sites that still preserve the scenes from the 1970s to '80s. As such, the train's interior has been decorated in a 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 the crew uniforms of the '70s.

The V-train makes three round-trips a day from Buncheon Station in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province to Cheoram in Gangwon-do Province. 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 an observatory space and a café in addition to the passenger seats.

To provide clear views of 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 introduces 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 can take time to take pictures.

Valley Course (train stops): Buncheon – Yangwon – Seungbu - Cheoram

[V-train Major Stations]


Buncheon Station


Yangwon Station


Seungbu Station


Cheoram Station

More Info

☞ Train Schedule

Train Course Departure Station Departure Time Travel Time

O-train Seoul - Jecheon Seoul Station 07:45 1hr 59min

Suwon- Jecheon Suwon Station 07:40 2hrs 13min

Jecheon – Yeongju – Taebaek – Jecheon (Circular Course) Jecheon Station 09:55 (train terminates at Jecheon)
15:03 (train terminates at Seoul)
10:00 (train terminates at Jecheon)
15:00 (train terminates at Suwon)
4hrs 50min

V-train Buncheon - Cheoram Buncheon Station 08:50 / 12:05 / 14:55 1hr 10min

* The Suwon – Jecheon circular route is not available every day. The train schedule for this course varies every month and it is posted on the KORAIL homepage.
* Please refer to the KORAIL homepage for more detailed train schedule of each station.

☞ Ticket Purchase:
General seat & Family seat for four – Tickets can be purchased using smartphone application or online or on-site.
Set (room) seats – Tickets for a couple room for two or a family room for four can only be purchased at KORAIL homepage.
*Inland Tour passes (includes all O-Train and V-Train routes) may be purchased up to 12 days prior to departure.
*General tickets (O-Train or V-Train only) may be purchased up to 30 days prior to departure.

☞ Fare (Adult)
O-train: 45,300 won (Seoul – Jecheon – central inland region circular route) / 50,400 won (Suwon - Jecheon – central inland region circular route)
V-train: 8,400 won (Buncheon – Cheoram), 11,700 won (Yeongju – Cheoram)
* Discount available on weekdays (Mon – Thu)
* Ticket prices vary by distance traveled. / Detailed fare information is available at KORAIL homepage.

PASS Price

Category 1-day Pass 2-day Pass 3-day Pass 5-day Pass 7-day Pass
Adults
(ages 26 - 54)
54,700 won 66,100 won 77,500 won 100,300 won 123,100 won
Adolescents & Seniors
(ages 13 - 25, ages 55 and over)
38,300 won 46,300 won 54,200 won 70,200 won 86,200 won
Children
(ages 12 and under)
27,300 won 33,000 won 38,700 won 50,100 won 61,500 won

* The pass can be used to board the O-train, V-train, and other general trains (Mugunghwaho, Nuriro, Saemaeulho) on connecting routes within the designated period of time.
- List of connecting rail routes for the Central Inland Region Tour Train
Via Jungang Line (central line): Cheongnyangni - Bujeon, Yeongju – Dongdaegu - Busan
Via Chungbuk Line: Daejeon - Jecheon
Via Yeongdong Line: Yeongju - Gangneung
Via Taebaek Line: Jecheon - Dongbaeksan
Via Gyeongbuk Line: Busan - Gimcheon - Yeongju
Jeongseon Line: Mindungsan - Gujeolli
* Pass holders can have their seats assigned at each station before boarding the train. If all seats are occupied, standing room will be the only available option.
* Pass holders must have proper identification and their pass tickets at all times during their travel.

☞ KORAIL Homepage: http://www.korail.com (Korean, English)
☞ Inquiries: KORAIL Customer Center +82-1588-7788 (Korean, English)
http://www.korail.com/fs_docs/download/jungbu_qa_0528.pdf

☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Date 07/19/2013



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