After looking at the machines and trying to figure it out on my own I asked the men at the information booth. They seemed to understand what I was asking, but did not speak any English. They took me to a machine where for 3000 won (about $2.50) I purchased a card. Then I had to go to the next machine and put some money onto the card. The machine had a button to choose English, so that was straight forward. The problem was that I could not see anywhere how much a ride cost, so I was not sure how much to put on. I decided to put on the least that it suggested (2000 won) and then see what happened.
When I went through the entry gate the LCD showed that it cost 1250 and I had 750 left on my card. I would have to refill it before I could come home.
I did celebrate the 4th of July a little in the evening by having Korean BBQ. It was fantastic. In the middle of your table is a large grill and they bring meat and grill it for you there. They also provide you with all sorts of sauces, and vegetables to eat with the meat and kimchi! I also had ice cream and by accident ordered something quite strange. I can't believe I did not take a picture of it. It was in a large bowl and had shaved ice at the bottom and then mashed azuki beans with nuts sprinkled on them then a scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. It was served with a bit of sweetened condensed milk that could be poured over it. hmmmmm I will try to go back and get a picture.
I got my idea for this blog and also using big pictures from this blog:
Subway excursions in Seoul
Let me know what you think!