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Traffic remains heavy on expressways on second day of Chuseok holiday

19:00 September 13, 2019

SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Yonhap) -- Traffic remained heavy on many expressways across the country Friday as people visited their hometowns or headed back to Seoul on the second day of the four-day Chuseok holiday.

Chuseok, Korea's autumn harvest celebration, is one of the country's biggest traditional holidays and serves as a chance for family members to get together to give thanks and pay tribute to their ancestors by preparing them meals and visiting their graves.

Chuseok is celebrated on Aug. 15 on the lunar calendar, which falls on Friday this year.

According to the Korea Expressway Corp., some 6.22 million vehicles were expected to use highways Friday.

As of 5 p.m., it took about six hours and 20 minutes to get to the southeastern port city of Busan from Seoul; five hours and 50 minutes to reach the cities of Ulsan and Gwangju; and three hours and 40 minutes to drive to the central city of Daejeon.

A traffic increase causes congestion on Namhae Expressway heading towards Changwon from Busan (left road) on Chuseok on Sept. 13, 2019. Traffic heading to Busan is less heavy, resulting in easy movement for vehicles. (Yonhap)


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