T-card electronic payment in Korea

T-money is a smart card which can be recharged and used to pay for transport in South Korea, in a similar style to Melbourne’s Myki or Sydney’s Opal card.

But what’s different about T-money is that it’s not limited to paying for your train fare. It’s also a credit card that can be used in some shops and businesses, particularly those around the transport precinct, with the money that’s been preloaded onto the card. When you purchase a T-money card, it comes with a guide to the transport system and its services.

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T-money can also be used on buses and to pay for taxis, a logical choice which makes it easy to switch from system to system and brings them together for customers without having to use several different ticket types.

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T-money can be bought and recharged at stations through special machines. These machines are significant because they also act as an information hub for the station, performing a variety of functions – giving ticket information, helping with wayfinding, and telling customers about events and entertainment happening in the area.

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Some machines are also paired with payphones that allow Skype video, voice calls, and Internet browsing.