Korea's capital, Seoul, is a major city, so the streets are very crowded during the hours when people are going to work every morning. Middle and high school students go to school between 7 and 8 o'clock, and most working professionals arrive at work between 8 and 9 o'clock in the morning. During these hours the streets are clogged and you can see everyone moving about in a hurry.
Students and working professionals commute mostly by subway, bus and automobile. Traffic is heavily congested during the morning commute, so it is a good idea to use public transportation. Seoul has eight subway lines that connect every corner of the city. There are special lanes for buses, making them faster than automobiles during the morning hours. Very few people commute by bicycle or motorcycle.
Government offices open at 9 o'clock and banks open at 9:30. Since most people eat breakfast at home, restaurants open after 10a.m. and begin preparations for lunch. Clothes stores, beauty parlors, and cafes usually open after 10a.m.