Letter From Seoul

Packed trains create unfamiliar unease in densely populated Seoul

Orderly queues for Seoul Metro's Line 9, dubbed "subway from hell" due to high levels of human congestion during rush hour. ST PHOTO: CHANG MAY CHOON
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SEOUL – Want to experience being packed like a sardine in a can? Hop on to Seoul Metro’s Line 9. 

The line, which runs between the eastern and western tips of Seoul through the major business districts of Yeouido and Gangnam, is infamous for being harrowingly overcrowded during rush hour. 

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