Congestion is expected at nationwide highways as many people are driving to points where they can spot the first sunrise of the New Year.

The Korea Expressway Corporation on Wednesday said it expects a daily average of 3.6 million cars on the highways from Thursday afternoon, when the holidays begin, until Sunday.

Highways bound for the provinces will be most congested around noon Friday and Seoul-bound highways on Saturday afternoon.

It will take up to six hours to travel from Seoul to Gangreung, five hours and 10 minutes from Seoul to Busan, four hours and 10 minutes from Seoul to Gwangju, and three hours and 20 minutes from Seoul to Daejeon on Friday.

The return journey to Seoul will be slightly quicker.

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