Seoul - Post Report Question and Answers

Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

Some, but not too many. Not every subway station is easily accessed in a wheel chair, but overall, the Koreans have similar setups as in the U.S. for stores/buses/subways. - Feb 2020

Seoul is not equipped to deal specifically with physical disabilities. The intrastructure is better than most places but that doesn't translate accesibility. If you can afford personal assistance, you will need it. - Feb 2016

This city is much easier to navigate than many others around the world. - Feb 2016

Some subway stations have many stairs, but sidewalks are quite good here. - Jul 2015

Lots of stairs to the metro but it is a very developed city with good sidewalks. Every sidewalk has raised markers to help the blind find their way. - Feb 2015

Not too bad--there are generally accommodations, although not all subways have elevators or ramps. - Jan 2014

It's not like the ADA laws here in the U.S., but people with physical disabilities are accomodated well and treated with respect in the S. Korean infrastructure. - Sep 2013

Newer buildings are more friendly to people with disabilities than older buildings, but it would still be challenging. Cross walks are equipped with signals for the visually impaired. The subway also has braille on each platform. - Jan 2011

Not good, lots of stairs, cabs are ok though, subways have lots of stairs. - Dec 2010

Although the infrastructure is excellent here, not all areas are accessible by wheelchair for example; and, anyone with mobility issues will find it difficult at times navigating the city as many facilities, usually low rise, do not have elevators leading to multiple floors. - Sep 2009

Many buildings have handicapped access and so do many forms of public transportation (subways, buses). - Jul 2008

Some. As with many large Asian cities, no thought has been given in Seoul's urban planning to those with disabilities (or even small children in strollers). - May 2008

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