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(LEAD) Traffic remains heavy on expressways on second day of Chuseok holiday

22:33 September 13, 2019

(ATTN: UPDATES with new figures in last 2 paras)

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.

Major roads were congested with cars on Friday, but the overall situation was easing as it neared midnight, Korea Expressway said.

As of 10 p.m., it took about five hours to get to the southeastern port city of Busan from Seoul; four hours and 30 minutes to reach the city of Ulsan; four hours and 10 minutes to reach the city of Gwangju; and two hours and 50 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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