Believe it or not, Yeongtong-dong in Suwon has just increased its position on some quality of life scale somewhere in the world. Previously I was frustrated over the never ending subway works right outside my apartment, but the good news is that they have finally been completed! Celebrations are in process.
This wonderful surprise was waiting when myself, Herself, and +1 returned home for the first time the other day. It will be exciting as we may actually take a joyous adventure on the subway. Exciting, right?
Of immediate importance however is that the long metal planks which covered the station works, and for the past two years seemingly amplified with an echo the rumble and whirr of cars passing over them, have been removed. A bright black layer of tarmacadam has been put down, and to add to the convenience there are shiny white road markings so that cars can avoid veering in front of your whilst passing through the intersection at high speed. What’s more, it’s now quiet. I don’t mean Mastermind concentration levels of silence, but definitely quiet enough to leave the windows open on hot days and not be too bothered by the traffic. Of course I’ll know better in the summer.
Still, the rest of the above ground subway works further down the line still leave much to the imagination – across from the Homeplus it’s absolute chaos and every time I pass through is a lucky dip with predicting how the lanes will be arranged. The same can be said for other stops. But that doesn’t bother me so much as outside my home is finally SILENT…er…ish.
So, if you’ve nothing better to be doing with your free time why not hop on the old Yellow line and take the new extension all the way down to Cheongmyeong Station. It’ll change your life…er…ish.