The New York Times reported,South KoreaSeniors above 65 years of age can ride for freeSubway, So many elderly people will go out and take the bus to waste time all day long. In South Korea, six seats at both ends of each subway car are reserved for the elderly. But they are well aware of the “hidden rules” of traveling by bus: avoid rush hours and avoid standing in front of seated young people, lest they feel pressured to give up their seats. .
Data from South Korea’s two major subway operators shows that passengers over the age of 65 who ride the subway for free account for 15% of Seoul’s annual passenger flow. Apart from taking the metro to relax, elderly people also take the metro to cool down and spend the long summer. The average temperature in Seoul in August is above 30.5 °C.
Li Zhenhao, an 85-year-old retired interior designer, took advantage of the free ride policy to spend the day in the car. He said, “I get bored just lying at home.”
Lee Jin Ho lives in a small apartment with his wife, who has limited mobility and is dependent on hundreds of dollars per monthpensionTo survive, his wife basically stayed home after five knee surgeries. Li Zhenhao goes out hitchhiking several times a week. A few days ago, he took a complete round in the car without leaving the station. “The journey takes exactly four hours,” he said. Senior commuters like Li Zhenhao said they know the unspoken rules of taking the subway: Avoid rush hours, when trains are packed with people And everyone is in a hurry. Do not stand in front of seated youth, lest they feel pressured to give up their seats.
85-year-old retired mathematics professor Quan Zhongde (transliteration) spent time reading while riding in the car. He said, “It’s good. There’s no corner of Seoul I can’t go to.”