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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 24th, 2009 at 2:29 am

Lunar New Year Traffic in Korea

All of you hitting the road this weekend, beware:

Those leaving Seoul for their provincial home over the lunar New Year would be wise to avoid 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday, the day before the new moon. On the way back, the traffic will be worst between noon and 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs on Thursday said an average of 3.4 million cars per day will use expressways between Jan. 23 and 28, 3.76 million of them on New Year’s Day. The figure is up 2.4 percent from a year ago. “Our estimate is that the biggest number of people will leave Seoul for their hometowns in the morning of Jan. 25,” a ministry spokesman said.

According to a nationwide telephone survey of some 6,800 adults by the Korea Transport Institute, 79.2 percent said they would drive to their hometowns in their own car, and 22.2 percent said they will leave between 6 a.m. and noon on Jan. 25. The period between 6 a.m. and noon on Saturday came second with 15.3 percent.

On the way back to Seoul, 26.3 percent replied they would leave their hometown between noon and 6 p.m. on Monday, and 22.8 percent they would leave between noon and 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

A bus-only lane on the Gyeongbu Expressway will be effective from Saturday morning until midnight on Tuesday on 141 km between south of the Hannam Bridge and Sintanjin IC. Up-to-date information can be found by calling 1588-2505 24 hours a day.  [Chosun Ilbo]

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  • Tom
    11:56 pm on January 23rd, 2009 1

    When's your next hack attack?

  • Kalani
    2:42 am on January 24th, 2009 2

    Was heading to Kunsan so my daughter could see her old friends — and I was just going to waste the day tooling around the town to see how it changed since my last visit. BUT got a call that the snow just got WORSE and all my daughter's friends said DON'T COME!!! The weather forecast said it was going to slacken — well, it didn't. Traffic which normally inches along during the holiday traffic is now stalled in places.

    Gotta figure out where to go tomorrow. Anyone got any suggestions for areas near to Songtan or in the Kyonggi area?

  • Baltimoron
    10:04 pm on January 24th, 2009 3

    How many people after reading that article will change their plans, thus undermining both the scientific and practical value of that poll?

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    12:29 am on January 25th, 2009 4

    Kalani, I would say if there was anything you wanted to do in Seoul now is the time to do it because so many people leave the city on this holiday making the crowds much more manageable.

  • Kalani
    8:47 pm on January 25th, 2009 5

    Thanks. Caught the bus to Incheon bus terminal in the middle of the snow storm on Sunday. Snow was piling up making things miserable, but up there in Incheon there was very little snow. Being dressed in a snow suit with rubber snow shoes, I looked like a hick in the subway station.

    Spent Solnal with the brother-in-law in Incheon. Went up Sunday and came back on Monday to Anjung — to eat again (of course) at the sister-in-law's parents house — where the 4-lane roads were reduced to two lanes because the snow still hadn't melted. Walked around the neighborhood with my nephew and got some real nice winter shots of the rice fields. Then got back to Songtan and the snow hadn't melted here either.

    We took the backroads back after the main arteries of Seoul were clogged heading south — along with the secondary roads. Saw cars backed up on overpasses in both directions. The slushy roads after you got past Baran made driving bad because you had to constantly wash the windshield to see.


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