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198 – Seoul Metro ‘Fanfare’

August 17, 2011
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New ‘fanfare’ announcement that is currently being used on all Seoul Metro subway lines (Lines 1,2,3,4).  No offense to whoever put these together, but I have to admit that the first time I heard this MIDI trumpet counterpoint, I laughed.  In fact, even a month later, I still laugh.  Personally, I preferred the old ones, as they got the job done a little more efficiently, and with a little less cheese.  (198 – Seoul Metro ‘Fanfare’)

Recorded 7/20/11, 8:24AM (local time)

*P.S. This recording was made at 낙성대역 (Nakseongdae Station) toward 사당역 (Sadang Station).  As the announcement suggests, it is the ‘inner-circle line’ of Line 2.  I’m still having computer issues, so the picture above is recycled from an earlier post.  But it’s still the right place.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2011 2:43 am

    Hahaha. That’s a bit over the top. At least they could have done was used some of the metro station rock/latino groups to play something ‘catchy’ like “Quien sera” or something of that sort. Something that offers a bit of a cultural upper cut instead of a cultural poke. It needs to be strong, strong like Koreans.

  2. August 17, 2011 1:13 pm

    -_- I think it kind of sucks… the traditional Korean tune was much better than this. ppl could get sick of this pretty fast..

  3. October 25, 2011 3:37 pm

    Thanks for your recording!! I totally miss the old song as well! I mentioned your website in an article on my blog! http://www.goneseoulsearching.com/2011/10/seoul-subway-song-has-changed-but-will.html

    • October 27, 2011 11:01 am

      Thanks, Marie! I’m glad you liked it. It looks like you’ve got a pretty nice blog going, yourself. Are you back in the States now? I hope you had a wonderful time in Korea, and good luck!

  4. December 31, 2012 3:55 am

    To me, this one sounded like what one could hear in a communist nation. Can’t believe it’s not a relic from the past but only a year old or so. Thanks for posting though 🙂

    Do you also happen to hold the announcement that you hear in the metro itself when the train approaches a station? It’s a bit of a flute melody…

  5. February 19, 2013 6:27 am

    This isnt actually the transfer music – the song michael made was what you hear at a transfer station…this is just for the train coming, but granted it sucks – although between that and the crappy xylophone I now know on a morning going to work late if i need to run or walk down the stairs when I hear the train coming as northbound use the xylophone and southbound use the trumpet! (on line 4 anyway)

  6. March 24, 2015 1:13 pm

    how can i download it…this sound make me miss seoul even more…huhuhu

    • March 25, 2015 6:56 am

      Hi! You can download any sound you want by right-clicking on the file name and selecting “Download Linked file As…” Hope this helps.

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