Seoul Metro construction will be taking place at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Line 5, from July 18, 2018 until October 31, and the transfer route for line 5 will be completely closed during this construction in order to replace the old escalator in the transfer route. Transfer routes for line 2 and 4 will continue as usual.
When the transfer route is closed, transfers from / to / onto the station from line 5 to line 2 and 4 will not be possible, and you will need to use a detour route. Passengers transferring from line 5 to line 2 can transfer at Euljiro 4-ga Station, one station away from Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station. Passengers transferring from line 4 to line 5 can go from line 4 to line 2 at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station and take line 2 until Euljiro 4-ga or Wangsimni, and then transfer to line 5. Passengers can also take line 4 until Dongdaemun and transfer to line 1, take line 1 until Jongno 3-ga Station, and then transfer to line 5.
|No.||Detour Transfer Route||Time||Additional Time|
|1||Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (4)→ Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (2)→ Euljiro 4-ga Station (2)→ Euljiro 4-ga Station (5)||10m 30s||+ 6m 30s|
|2||Chungmuro Station (4)→ Chungmuro Station (3)→ Jongno 3-ga Station (3)→ Jongno 3-ga Station (5)||12m||+ 8m|
|3||Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (4)→ Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (2)→ Wangsimni Station (2)→ Wangsimni Station (5)||14m||+ 10m 40s|
|4||Dongdaemun Station (4)→ Dongdaemun Station (1)→ Jongno 3-ga Station (1)→ Jongno 3-ga Station (5)||17m 30s||+ 13m|
※ Times may change according to individual walking speed.
Passengers unable to take the detour route at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station may also exit the station and transfer above ground.
The three escalators to be fixed were installed 20 years ago. In 2017, the number of obstruction cases per month had an average of 4.97, which is more than 5 times the 0.9 monthly average of other escalators managed by Seoul Metro.
Seoul Metro is taking extensive measures a month in advance in order to prevent any confusion and minimize any discomfort due to the temporarily closed transfer route. Posters are put up at all 277 subway stations, and employees at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station are distributing fliers and other materials about the detour transfer routes at the metro boarding platform and transfer route. Moreover, each of the 277 stations and subway trains has announcements that inform passengers of the change, and there will be over 100 traffic safety volunteers and employees deployed around the station. Information will also continuously be posted on SNS and the train destination indicators.
▲ A passenger using the emergency gate