Longer Holiday to Ease Chuseok Traffic

  • By Hong Jun-ki

    September 27, 2017 10:59

    The worst Chuseok traffic on expressways is expected to happen on the morning of Oct. 3, when families travel to their ancestral hometowns, and the afternoon of Oct. 4, when they come back to Seoul.

    A telephone survey of 9,000 households on Sept. 1-5 by the Korea Transport Institute found that the largest proportion or 26.4 percent will leave the capital for their hometowns on the morning of Oct. 3.

    Some 19.9 percent said they will return to the Seoul metropolitan area on the afternoon of Oct. 4.

    It will take an estimated three hours and 10 minutes from Seoul to Daejeon, six hours to Busan, five hours and 10 minutes to Gwangju, five hours and 40 minutes to Mokpo, and about three hours and 20 minutes to Gangneung.

    Because the Chuseok break spans 10 days this year, the journey out will take between some 50 minutes to 2.5 hours less than last year, when families all traveled in the available three days.

    But the return trip will take up to 25 minutes longer because other holidaymakers are also expected to hit the roads. 

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