7:30 am

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That we managed to leave the guesthouse at 6.30 a.m. Pat on the back for all of us.

Today we were planning to take the O and V Trains out to the central inland region of Korea. More information about the trains can be found in the comments section to this entry.

Bought some snacks (in addition to those we'd already brought... pigs) and boarded the O-train! Chairs can be rotated for a 2x2 seat formation so you're facing your friends. The train is perhaps a bit too colorful.

As far as I could tell we were the only non-Koreans on the train, which was maybe 70% occupied. The passenger demographic was simply retirees who were dressed for an easy hike, and us. Hahaha.

Equipped with kimbaps, string cheese, mediocre bread courtesy of Passion 5 and uh some heavy duty reading material, we settled into our seats as the train pulled out of Seoul station at 7.45 a.m. sharp.

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If, like us, you're planning to complete the route and return to Seoul in a single day, you have to board the first O-Train out of Seoul at 7.45 a.m. You can read more about the trains here at the KTO's website: english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=1829036

For a one day round-trip, you'll have to do the route like this:

O-Train: Departing from Seoul at 7.45 a.m. -> Arriving in Buncheon at around 9.30 a.m.
V-Train: Departing from Buncheon at 10 a.m. -> Arriving in Cheoram at 11.10 a.m.
O-Train: Departing from Cheoram at 3.55 p.m. -> Arriving in Seoul at around 9.45 p.m.

Important thing to note if you're a foreigner buying tickets for the O and the V trains - BRING ALONG YOUR PASSPORT. By a stroke of luck we'd found out about this when we tried buying tickets in advance, only to be told about this requirement.

The reason for this is that they'll need to verify your age in order to know how much to charge you for tickets. Passes are valid for both the O and V trains. A one-day pass for adults aged 26-54 costs KRW 54,700, whereas a one-day pass for "adolescents & seniors" aged 13-25 or 55 and above costs KRW 38,300. As an "adolescent" I qualified for the cheaper ticket ;) With less than two months to spare :(