Digital View on the Seoul Subway
I have to admit, I am a technology geek, and for that, it appears I am totally in the right country. I hereby present to you digital view – the future of subway navigation! Digital View was created by Daum, one of Korea’s leading internet portals. It has been installed almost everywhere in the Seoul Subway System
What is Digital View?
Well, think of it as a smartphone, only much much larger, and free. Do you see that gigantic screen? It is 100% touchscreen! I don’t know if the real purpose of Digital View is to navigate the subway and find your way around the city, or if it is just to show off how awesome Korean advanced technology is, but it serves both purposes very well.
What can it do?
I’m actually still learning about this myself. I’ve only fooled around with Digital View when I was waiting for the subway. I’ve found these features:
Subway Navigation: So in a huge subway system with so many interlocking lines it’s possible that the trip with the fewest transfers is actually longer than the one with more. With Digital View, you can click your start and ending stations, and it will optimize the route for you, showing you on the map how to go, and where to transfer.
Satellite View Map: Much like Google Earth, Daum also displays satellite imaging of the city. (actually I later found that it’s the whole country on the map, more on that later.) Once you get out of the subway, if you want to know how to go to a specific building, and what the building looks like, Digital View has already been there.
Phone: Digital View has a telephone. You can use T-money to pay for your calls on the telephone. (T-money is a kind of electronic money that can be used to ride busses and subways that usually comes in card form.) This is funny because some cellular phones here contain a T-money function, so it’s entirely possible that someone wishing to make a T-money call on Digital View will hold their cellular phone on the T-money panel for payment.
Information: You can get news, weather, and financial information from Digital View.
There are probably other things that it can do that I have not quite figured out yet. There’s a guy who writes a blog called Letters from Seoul who uploaded a video to youtube about Digital View. I am shamelessly using his video here because it shows all of the features.
When I was playing with Digital View, I found that the map extends further than just Seoul. It actually shows the whole country. I wanted to see Digital View’s stance on the territorial dispute over Dokdo, Korea’s easternmost point. After about 3 minutes of wiping the map further and further eastward, I found it!