Seoul Metro strives to make commuters more civilized
August 15, 2012
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One unique aspect of Korea is the degree to which government sees it as its job (often in a positive sense) to change culture and habits so as to create a more cultured, civilized, society. The most striking effort over the last two years is the push to get Koreans to line up to get on trains and to walk up and down staircases on the right side. The process has had considerable impact on Korea where people did not line up, or walk on the right side, previously.
Attractive new signage in the Seoul Metro encouraging consideration for other passengers.
Signs found on every staircase in Seoul Metro and elsewhere in Seoul encouraging people to the right side going up the staircase. An effort to create a more well-mannered public. In some cases, there are people standing by the staircases to encourage commuters to stay on the right side going up and down.
Footsteps on the floor to encourage commuters to stay on the right.