- This article is about the station in the centre of Seoul where the KTX is located. If you are looking for the subway station, see Seoul Station (subway).
Seoul Station(서울역, 서울驛) is a major railway station in Seoul, South Korea. The station is served by the Gyeongbu and Gyeongui railway lines, with frequent high-speed, express, and local service to various points in South Korea.
The station is the primary terminus for KTX and express service to Busan and local service to Dorasan. The station is also served by about a dozen trains per day on the Honam Line to Gwangju and Mokpo. The station used to be the terminus for all long-distance trains on the Gyeongbu, Honam, Jeolla, and Janghang Lines, but in early 2004, the terminus for most Honam, Jeolla, and Janghang Line trains was moved to Yongsan Station.
The station opened in 1900 as "Gyeongseong Station," and was renamed "Namdaemun Station" in 1905, due to its being near Namdaemun. In 1910, the name of the city of Seoul changed from Hanseong to Gyeongseong ("Keijo" in Japanese), and the station reverted to the name "Gyeongseong Station" in 1915.
The old Keijo Station Building, designed by Professor Tsukamoto Yasushi of Tokyo Imperial University, was finished in 1925. This red brick building resembles Tokyo Station Building. The station was renamed Seoul Station in 1947. The station was expanded throughout the post-Korean War era, and a new adjacent terminal was completed in 2004 in time for the new KTX bullet train service.
At the War Memorial Museum (전쟁기념관, 戰爭記念館) can be seen photos of the area around Seoul Station during the war, in which Seoul was taken over a total of three times by both sides. Most buildings in the area were destroyed and Seoul Station was often used as a base by snipers.
The main entrance of Seoul Station
Part of the tracks at Seoul Station