‘Tong, Tong, Tong’ Goes The South Korean Music Cafe Train

7 Jun
Korean Tour TrainWe

Care to spend a sleepless night in an ear-splitting disco car?

What about visiting  – and possibly being marooned on – a South Korean island?

Welcome to the Tong Tong Tong Music Cafe Train, operated monthly by S. Korea’s Korail.

The two-day trip exploring the country’s major tourist attractions at the southern tip costs just $120, according to the Korea Times.

But “be aware that if you are non-Korean speaking foreigners, who want to enjoy peace of mind and privacy, it is not the tour for you.”

The action is in car six, the story says. There you can “either take a nap or enjoy belly dancing and live music performances.”

Sleep apparently is not on the itinerary, as the train leaves Seoul Station at 10:20 p.m., with stops throughout the night to pick up more revelers.

The first attraction is “a magnificent view of the Geoga Bridge,” although “at 4:30 a.m., it is too dark and too far away to have a good view.”

Also on the itinerary is a ferry ride to Oe Island and its subtropical English garden. But be sure to get your tour guide’s cell number.

“There is a good chance that you may be left alone on the scenic island unless you push through the crowds at the dock to catch your ferry.”

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3 Responses to “‘Tong, Tong, Tong’ Goes The South Korean Music Cafe Train”

  1. Garth Stevenson June 7, 2011 at 9:59 AM #

    It sounds pretty noisy, but anyone who has ridden home on the GO-Train at 10:43pm after a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game could probably endure it.

    • Owen Hardy June 7, 2011 at 10:54 AM #

      Garth: Is the noise level a function of whether the Blue Jays won or lost? I remember taking the last tram of the evening (or morning) home after a night of revelry in Hannover, Germany during my student days (many years ago). Quite a cross-section of humanity. But no one worried about finding a designated driver.

      • Garth Stevenson June 7, 2011 at 10:58 AM #

        The outcome of the game does make some difference, but the amount of beer consumed is probably a more significant variable. Although beer is hardly a bargain at $10.00 a can.

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