Well, apparently all that has changed. My friend Graeme sent me a link to his Anyang Expats MSN group, where I was startled to see a post entitled Bus map: startled because as far as I had known, no such thing existed. Following the link, I discovered that there is in fact a fascinating online Seoul bus map (works only in Internet Explorer and requires an applet). When I tried it out, though, none of the bus route numbers matched the ones I remembered.
Then I stumbled across a post in a blog called The Beige Report explaining that Seoul has thoroughly upgraded its bus system. There are new blue buses, new route numbers, and, of course, a map.
Ah, progress! South Korea changes so fast that when I talk to someone who was there in 1997, it’s like he’s describing a different country. I suppose I, too, have an out-of-date picture of the place. And there’s only one way to fix that. I suppose I will have to go back.
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