Gwangju Metro

Gwangju Metro Information

A rapid transit service in the city of Gwangju in South Korea, the inauguration of the Gwangju Metro service put the city on the world map as the fifth South Korean city to have its very own Metro service. It commenced services back in 2004 and at present connects the eastern and western ends of Gwangju through the central business district and city airport. The 20.1 km long network operates on just 1 single line presently, serving 20 stations in total. Under the operations of the Gwangju Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation, expansion plans are already underway. A new line, along with the further extension of line 1 is planned.

Gwangju Metro Timings and Frequency

The timings of the Gwangju metro differ with the routes one travels. While trains that head towards Sangmu operate between 05:30-23:40, the other trains that go towards Sotae begin operations at around 05:30 am in the morning, and work until midnight. During peak-hours the trains have a headway of about 5 minutes, which gets extended to around 8-10 minutes during other times of the day.


Gwangju Metro Fares, Tickets and Cards 

A single ticket that allows travel between any two stations costs a flat 1,200 won for adults and 1,000 won for teenagers.
People using the travel card have additional benefits, in the form of cheaper tickets. An adult ticket costs 1,100 won, a college student ticket costs 1,000 won and a ticket for teenagers costs 800 won. The discounted rate for children between the ages of 6-13 is just 400 won.

Senior citizens of the age 65 and above, along with people with disabilities and who are dependent, can make use of the metro service for free.


Gwangju Metro Lines and Stations

Line Name
Line Name
Starting Station(s)
Ending Station(s)
Total Length
in km
Line 1
1호선 Nokdong Pyeongdong 20 20.6

Travelling on the subway service in the city is very cheap. While the stretch has as many as twenty stations, only four are of prime importance to most commuters: the Culture Center which was once the Provincial Office, the pedestrian downtown at Geumnammo-4 and 5, and the Western-style downtown region and unofficial commercial center at Sangmu. The bus terminal can be easily reached from the Nongseong Station, past the Shinsegae and E-Mart shops. The route from Sotae and Nokdong act as a separate shuttle.

Another subway line, is under construction presently and is expected to be completed by 2019. It will run in a ring route around the Gwangju city. Proposals are in place for the establishment of a third line, details of which are unavailable at present.

Gwangju Metro Map

Map of Gwangju showing its lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or Download Gwangju Metro Map in PDF.

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