Traffic Congestion Peaks as South Koreans Return to Seoul After Lunar New Year

SEOUL — Nationwide traffic congestion intensified on Sunday as millions of South Koreans embarked on their return journey to Seoul, marking the third day of the four-day Lunar New Year holiday. After celebrating Lunar New Year's Day with their families in their hometowns on Saturday, people began their trek back to the capital.

According to Yonhap News Agency, a state-run entity responsible for highway operations, travel times for those returning from the southeastern port city of Busan to Seoul, a distance of 320 kilometers, were expected to reach approximately six hours and 20 minutes as of 5 p.m. Similarly, the journey from Gwangju, located 267 kilometers south of Seoul, was anticipated to take five hours and 20 minutes. Traffic flow towards Seoul was projected to alleviate between 2 and 3 a.m. the following day.

The Korea Expressway Corp. also estimated that around 5.15 million vehicles would be on the roads on Sunday, as the holiday period prompted a significant movement of people across the country.

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