Back when I first moved to Banghwa-dong, I was told that the new subway would be finished in 2007 (one of my adult students was working on the construction at the time). Then it was 2008. Then late 2008. Then early 2009. Then end of May, 2009. I then news reports on naver stating that it would begin June 12. And then I saw the banner above near my house, for a celebration of the opening on June 13, which seemed to confirm that, yes, it was going to open this Friday!
A student told me last night it had been pushed back to late July due to technical issues, and I read about it on naver. The Joongang Ilbo has more in English here. I had hoped it would begin before I moved out of my current place (5 minutes from a station), but that's not going to happen.
My coworker told me the other day that he had gone down into Shin-Banghwa Station the other day, so I decided a few hours ago to go have a look at it.
It's certainly spacious inside. Interesting to finally see it, seeing as I've been passing by the site on my way to take picture like these for years. I like the neighbourhood maps:
Some other shots:
Interesting that the stores are fully stocked with food. I hope the expiry date is many months off.
I have photos of other stations, and of their construction, but I'll save that for another time.
Also, a student mentioned that there was an meeting giving information about a planned Ilsan-Gwangmyeong expressway to be built near Banghwa-dong (likely Magok-dong). Munsan was also mentioned, so it may connect to this planned expressway from Seoul (close to Goyang) to Munsan. Needless to say, residents don't really want an expressway in their backyard.
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