Being accustomed to sub-par transit and an auto-centric North American lifestyle can give way to extreme geekery when visiting other developed nations with old, dense, transit-rich cities. I’ll have that opportunity over the next three weeks when I pay a visit to South Korea and Taiwan (the place of my family origin). Once developing countries, both nations have become known for advancements in industry and technology on top of centuries-old cultures.
Many STB writers and readers who have experienced urban life in East Asia have pointed to these places as the sources of their love for cities and transit. For those who have visited South Korea and Taiwan, in particular, any transit or planning-related sightseeing tips will be valuable in helping make this trip decidedly “academic.” To be more specific, the bulk of my time will be spent in the Seoul and Taipei metropolitan areas, home to old urban cores and extensive rapid transit networks.
Going off our Transit Report Card series, I’ll debrief my observations and findings upon returning back to the States at the end of the month.