Four things about Taiwan’s metro systems that pleasantly 'shock' foreigners

Korean YouTuber KyeongHeum shares four things about Taiwan’s rapid transit systems he found pleasantly “shocking” to him

(photo taken from a video on the Facebook of page of: 京欽 KyeongHeum)

(photo taken from a video on the Facebook of page of: 京欽 KyeongHeum)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Most Taiwanese people may take everything about Taiwan's metro systems for granted, because they have long been using the public transportation to get around their city for work, recreation, and every imaginable purpose.

However, in many foreigners’ eyes, Taiwan’s metro systems are a marvel. For example, a Korean YouTuber, Kyeong Heum, shared in a video his experience of riding in Taiwan’s rapid transit systems, noting four surprisingly good things he found to be pleasantly “shocking” to him on Facebook last year.

1. Cheap fares

KyeongHeum said that he felt Korean bus and subway fares are inexpensive compared with Korea’s high cost of living, but “after I came to Taiwan, I was shocked,” because the fares for riding in Taiwan’s metro system are even more inexpensive. “Seoul’s subway fares are probably two times more expensive than those of Taiwan's metro systems,” he said.

2. Meticulously clean

The cleanness of Taiwan’s metro systems also surprised KyeongHeum, who said, “I’ve never seen a piece of trash, not one....How is this possible?” KyeongHeum actually looked around a station, and found it so clean that it was “shocking” to him.

3. Eating is not allowed

In contrast to the subway in Seoul, where eating is allowed, eating on Taiwan’s metro systems is illegal, and the same is true in Singapore, KyeongHeum said. “I was really surprised, but I think it’s good, because of such a regulation, everywhere at the metro stations is very clean," he added.

4. Orderly passengers

Orderly passengers also impressed KyeongHeum. The sense of order Taiwanese people display when it comes to riding in Taiwan’s metro systems was again surprising to him. Everybody lines up to wait for the train, and when it comes, embarking passengers will wait for disembarking passengers to come out before they get in, he said.

(Video taken from KyeongHeum's Facebook: