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Seoul-bound traffic jammed as S. Koreans return after Chuseok

National 13:37 September 21, 2021

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- Long lines of vehicles were being formed on South Korea's major highways Tuesday as millions of people headed back to Seoul after celebrating the Chuseok holiday with their families in their hometowns.

Korea Expressway Corp. predicted it would take eight hours and 30 minutes to drive from the southeastern port city of Busan to Seoul if a traveler departed at 1 p.m.

People arrive at Seoul Station on Sept. 21, 2021, after visiting their hometowns during the Chuseok holiday. (Yonhap)

The estimated travel time from the southwestern city of Ulsan to Seoul was eight hours and 10 minutes. The estimate for the Gwangju-Seoul route was eight hours, and nearly four hours and 20 minutes from Daegu, the authorities said.

Some 5.22 million vehicles will be traveling Tuesday, causing major traffic congestion on highways and roads and reaching a peak at between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

This year's Chuseok, the Korean harvest celebration, falls on Tuesday, and the holiday runs through Wednesday. Koreans usually visit their hometowns to get together with family members and visit their ancestors' graves.

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