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Old August 26th, 2007, 08:04 PM   #1
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[ROK] South Korea | road infrastructure • expressways • 대한민국

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Old August 26th, 2007, 08:44 PM   #2
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Nice pictures, but i read that Korean drivers are terrible.
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Old August 26th, 2007, 09:30 PM   #3
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wow! cool motorways! i didn't know that they use most of european signs!
btw, is this border to North Korea at photos 12-16?
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Old August 26th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #4
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Great pictures. Congratulations for this motorway network. What are the sign means on the variable message signs?
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Old August 26th, 2007, 11:05 PM   #5
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wow! cool motorways! i didn't know that they use most of european signs!
btw, is this border to North Korea at photos 12-16?
I also note that their motorway route markers are an amalgam of USA 'interstate' route signs and USA 'US' route signs (the coloring of the former and the shape of the latter) and that they use the USA/Canada style of lane striping (the yellow line on the left edge of the traveled lanes).

All I can think of for that is that it devolves from South Korea's respect for the USA's Military forces, the lack of which over the past 60 years would have resulted in no prosperous South Korea as we know it.

There is also a block of route numbers that are reserved for use whenever the peninsula is re-unified.

LOTS of photo traffic enforcement, too.

An AMAZING highway system indeed!



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Old August 27th, 2007, 04:10 AM   #6
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WOW! They are totally ready for such unification. are they? Hope it will be soon so East Asia will not conflicting anymore.

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Seriously, I want one or two of those for my office parking space!
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Old August 27th, 2007, 09:02 AM   #7
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They have the same symbol as the interstate
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Old August 27th, 2007, 10:44 AM   #8
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WOW! They are totally ready for such unification. are they? Hope it will be soon so East Asia will not conflicting anymore.



Seriously, I want one or two of those for my office parking space!
They don't play games in ROK. ROK seems to have all the connections ready but it's anybody's guess when the North will reunify. Korea is a great nation, in my own family my Grandfather fought over there in the war and it gives me great peace to know that because of the work and fighting of men like him alongside ROK soldiers, Korea as we know it today is as successful as ever.

I also like how it seems that LG, Samsung, and Hyundai have a stronghold on all consumer goods, tourism, banking, construction, and heavy industries in Korea. It's actually very cool.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 08:19 PM   #9
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Very high-tech looking expressways in South Korea!

I read many things about the "glorious" Democratic People's Republic of Korea (AKA NORTH Korea). About the reunification thing: I can say with 100% certainty that it's not going to happen unless the communist regime falls. Kim only cares about himself, he doesn't care any about his people, in fact he let them starve on occasions instead of accepting food aid. He is paranoid and the country is like Oceania from 1984 (no kidding). He will not agree willingly to share his power with the democratic government of the South.

Even if the Kim clan were to fall, there is no way that South Korea would be able to bring the North to decent standards of living without a massive economic plunge that the South Koreans would probably not accept. Reunification will definitely prove to be a lot harder than East & West Germany.

I am also curious about the road network in North Korea. Do any South Koreans happen to have any photos from the North? (it's illegal to take photos there, as far as I know).
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Very high-tech looking expressways in South Korea!

I read many things about the "glorious" Democratic People's Republic of Korea (AKA NORTH Korea). About the reunification thing: I can say with 100% certainty that it's not going to happen unless the communist regime falls. Kim only cares about himself, he doesn't care any about his people, in fact he let them starve on occasions instead of accepting food aid. He is paranoid and the country is like Oceania from 1984 (no kidding). He will not agree willingly to share his power with the democratic government of the South.

Even if the Kim clan were to fall, there is no way that South Korea would be able to bring the North to decent standards of living without a massive economic plunge that the South Koreans would probably not accept. Reunification will definitely prove to be a lot harder than East & West Germany.

I am also curious about the road network in North Korea. Do any South Koreans happen to have any photos from the North? (it's illegal to take photos there, as far as I know).
In addition to most of South Korea, http://maps.google.com has high-resolution aerial images of parts of North Korea, including several of its major cities (ie, Pyongyang). I would definitely check there.

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Old August 27th, 2007, 08:50 PM   #11
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Very high-tech looking expressways in South Korea!

I read many things about the "glorious" Democratic People's Republic of Korea (AKA NORTH Korea). About the reunification thing: I can say with 100% certainty that it's not going to happen unless the communist regime falls. Kim only cares about himself, he doesn't care any about his people, in fact he let them starve on occasions instead of accepting food aid. He is paranoid and the country is like Oceania from 1984 (no kidding). He will not agree willingly to share his power with the democratic government of the South.

Even if the Kim clan were to fall, there is no way that South Korea would be able to bring the North to decent standards of living without a massive economic plunge that the South Koreans would probably not accept. Reunification will definitely prove to be a lot harder than East & West Germany.

I am also curious about the road network in North Korea. Do any South Koreans happen to have any photos from the North? (it's illegal to take photos there, as far as I know).

And I heard he got a fortune of about $400 million dollars while many of the people are in poverty and unemployed. Too bad, North Korea doesn't see what's going on with South Korea and the rest of the world.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 01:45 PM   #12
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I am also curious about the road network in North Korea. Do any South Koreans happen to have any photos from the North? (it's illegal to take photos there, as far as I know).
I found this from Reuters reportage:

Definitely no traffic jams possible.

Also on Google maps you can see empty 5+5 expressway from Pyongyang leading to SW, probably this picture is taken on that expressway.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 08:45 PM   #13
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At least I know why they didn't install a crash-barrier or made a median to protect you from the incoming traffic... there probably isn't any!
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Old August 29th, 2007, 10:15 PM   #14
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In Moscow, there are plenty of such roads without a median, but with very heavy traffic. Take a look at the 3rd ring on Google Earth, you'll see 2x6 to 2x8 lanes without a median.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 10:27 PM   #15
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How strange...what was the point of making the highway that wide if there's almost no traffic?

It's like a concrete sea.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 11:08 PM   #16
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... Dictator's whims!

At least if I were a dictator I would see to it they made that highway with black asphalt and a median lined with palm-trees!
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Hi, I'm korean.. so I can say something about North Korean highway.
look,.. commonly everyone knows the 'road' just for men and cars. right. but everytime and everywhere, it is right? no.. in some case, it's just prejudice..
the north korean wide highways r not just for cars but also for "AIRCRAFT" in emergency (like feasible war).. lol... we are now still in armistice phase !

actually, in old times, in south korea also had the wide but no crash-barrier(median strip) part in highways.. but not made such a thing any more now...
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and thanks the pics.. Chris1491. it's great thread.. wow !
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Old August 30th, 2007, 10:54 PM   #19
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Hi, I'm korean.. so I can say something about North Korean highway.
look,.. commonly everyone knows the 'road' just for men and cars. right. but everytime and everywhere, it is right? no.. in some case, it's just prejudice..
the north korean wide highways r not just for cars but also for "AIRCRAFT" in emergency (like feasible war).. lol... we are now still in armistice phase !

actually, in old times, in south korea also had the wide but no crash-barrier(median strip) part in highways.. but not made such a thing any more now...
Thanks for the info. I hope everything will turn out OK in the end for all Koreans.

By the way, is there any way to cross the border directly from S Korea into the North (without getting shot, of course!)?

http://1stopkorea.com (which is a very good site to read about N.Korea) says there isn't any, but I would expect some sort of border crossing at least near Kaesong - I heard they let some S.Korean companies to open factories there in the Kaesong Industrial Park.
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yep. there r several 'legal' routes into north korea now..
firt, Mt.Geumgang(Keumgang) area - it's just a tourist zone,. although anyone who wants to go there can do that. but no one can go beyond the limitation of the zone.. SAD!
next, Pyeongyang and Nampo area around. I heard that some south korean businessmen can go there now.. they have contracts with the counterparts of north korean companies and order goods-production.. (I don't know well about it.) (Ah,, this area just by sea available.. can't go across the land)
third.. Gaeseong(Kaeseong) you said.. yep.. it has a newly built industrial park.. now many south korean commuters can go there regularly. and other than that, someone can go there with special permission.. i don't know the qualification of permission exactly...
well.. someone who knows well about it may answer more exactly..

and http://1stopkorea.com <-- wonderful site !!
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