Traffic congestion peaks as S. Koreans on move for Chuseok

SEOUL, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) -- Traffic on most highways in South Korea was moving at a snail's pace as millions of people headed to their hometowns Wednesday to celebrate the annual Chuseok holiday, officials said.

Transportation authorities said about 30 million out of the nation's 50 million population are expected to visit their hometowns by car, bus, train or plane during the five-day-long holiday that stretches over the weekend.

Chuseok, which is the equivalent of Thanksgiving, is one of the country's two major traditional holidays that, together with the Lunar New Year season, draw families to their hometowns to pay tribute to their ancestors.

Chuseok falls on Thursday this year.

On Wednesday, some 400,000 cars were expected to leave Seoul, according to the Korea Expressway Corp.

As of 10:00 a.m., it took six hours to travel from Seoul to Daejeon, some 150 kilometers south of the capital, and eight hours and 30 minutes from Seoul to the southern port city of Busan.

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