Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cheonan-Asan

Of Interest: access to Chungnam Province (nothing near station)
Lodging: no
Tourist Office: no
ATM: There is an ATM in the station, but it may not take international cards. There is no bank within walking distance.

The Cheonan-Asan station was originally built solely as a KTX station. Since then, Asan Station was also built crossing under the KTX station. Asan Station currently hosts commuter trains from Seoul, line 1 of the Seoul subway, and trains of the Janghang line.

There is nothing in the area, although apartments are being built. The edge of the city of Cheonan is about thirty minutes walk away. Bus service is not very good to either Cheonan or Onyang-oncheon (the main urban area in Asan), the buses are take to long to get anywhere. It is best to change to another train. KTX ridership increased after Asan Station was built, making it possible to get here by train.

KTX trains from both lines stop here. It takes around forty minutes to get to Seoul or Yongsan Stations, twenty minutes to get to Daejeon or Seodaejeon Stations, fifty minutes to get to Dong-Daegu, and two hours and fifteen minutes to get to Busan. If you are going to the southeast, it takes an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Iksan, two and fifteen minutes to get to Gwangju, and two and a half hours to get to Mokpo. Trains along the Seoul-Busan line run frequently, but the Yongsan-Gwangju/Mokpo line only arrives about once every two hours.

Saemaeul and Mugungwha trains take five minutes to get to Cheonan, twenty-five minutes to get to Pyeongtaek, forty-five minutes to get to Suwon, and an hour and fifteen minutes to arrive in Yongsan. Going east, the Janghang line serves the towns of Yesan (thirty minutes), Hongseong (one hour), Daecheon (ninety minutes), Seocheon (two hours), and Gunsan (three hours).

Line 1 of the Seoul Metro continues east through Onyang-oncheon to end at Sinchang which serves SoonCheonHyang University. In the other direction, most trains go through central Seoul before ending at Cheongnyangni. The metro route follows the regular train route from Cheonan to Seoul Station, but with a lot more stops.

5 comments:

gbaugh said...

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Helen Bushnell said...

Thanks.

Pink Frosty said...

Is it difficult to travel between Asan and Cheonan? How long is the travel between Asan and Cheonan?

Thank you so much!

Helen Bushnell said...

It takes about 25 minutes to travel between the two by train, including metro. It takes longer to travel by bus, mostly because of traffic. A year ago, all buses, both local and intercity, cost 1,600 won. Most local buses in the 900 series take various routes between the two cities. Intercity buses travel between Cheonan and Asan's bus depots. Cheonan has a really nice bus station. Asan not so much.

All intercity buses heading north, east, or south out of Asan stop in Cheonan.

Helen Bushnell said...

Pink Frosty, if you need more specific information, send a message to the email in my profile.