September 19, 2018 11:02
Traffic congestion during Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving is expected to be worst on the morning of Sept. 23, with many people hitting the expressways to travel to their hometowns, and on the afternoon of Sept. 24 when they return to the cities.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said on Tuesday that in a survey of 9,000 households nationwide in August, 26.3 percent of respondents, the largest number, said they plan to head for their hometowns on the morning of Sept. 23, the day before Chuseok, while 26.3 percent said they will return to the cities they reside in on the afternoon of Chuseok day.
The Chuseok holiday this year runs from Sept. 23 through 26. About 36.64 million people are expected to travel during the Chuseok holiday, down from 37.66 million last year.
But more people plan to spend the holiday abroad, as some 129,500 people per day are expected to leave the country during the period, up 8.2 percent on-year.
Southeast Asia was cited as the most popular destination, with 28.8 percent, followed by Japan (25.5 percent) and China (18.3 percent).
Highway toll fees will be waived during the holiday.
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