Chuseok Traffic to Be Lighter This Year

Traffic from Seoul to other parts of the country during this year's Chuseok holidays will not be as bad as previous years as the volume will be spread out over a longer period.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Tuesday predicted that it will take at most eight hours from Seoul to Busan or Gwangju, four hours and 20 minutes to Daejeon, nine hours and 30 minutes to Mokpo, and four hours and 30 minutes to Gangneung.

In general, it expects the journey time will be about one hour shorter than last year.

But the trip back to Seoul will take on average 10 minutes more than last year at seven hours and 40 minutes from Busan, six hours from Gwangju, three hours and 30 minutes from Daejeon, six hours and 50 minutes from Mokpo and four hours and 30 minutes from Gangneung.

According to a survey by the Korea Transport Institute of 9,000 households last month, 32.7 percent plan to leave for their hometown on Sunday morning, 18.8 percent on Monday morning, 13.2 percent on Sunday afternoon and 12.2 percent on Saturday morning.

On the way back, 31.9 percent said they will leave on Monday afternoon and 28.4 percent on Tuesday afternoon.

The Ministry analyzed traffic volume over the last three Chuseok holidays and predicted that Saturday morning will be the busiest time from Seoul to other parts of the country, and Monday afternoon for the way back.

Although the holiday is longer this year, many people only want to stay one or two nights at their parents', with 32.2 percent saying they plan to stay for one night and 29.9 percent for two.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 03, 2014 12:26 KST