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Old November 30th, 2009, 01:58 AM   #81
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Nice map, Chris, but what's the point of making such a big map when you can't see all of it and when you can see it in Google Maps anyway?
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Old December 1st, 2009, 11:46 PM   #82
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I'm reading a bit into the history of South Korea's expressways.

The Expressway 1 (Busan - Seoul) was a true part of the Miracle on the Han, the whole 420 kilometer expressway was constructed in 1968 - 1970, through difficult terrain, probably with American expertise. The construction started early 1968 and was completed in mid-1970. Some parts opened after less than 9 months of construction. The expressway had just 4 lanes back then.

Nowadays, the entire expressway is at least six lanes, with many eight lane sections and even a ten-lane section. It's a toll road. It connects no less than six 1 million+ cities. (Seoul, Suwon, Daejeon, Daegu, Ansan & Busan).
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 12:03 AM   #83
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Big map of Seoul and surroundings

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Old December 2nd, 2009, 12:06 AM   #84
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Big map of South Korea


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Old December 2nd, 2009, 12:16 AM   #85
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The imageshack wouldn't allow it to be bigger, its original is...
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 12:19 AM   #86
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If you look at the google earth: between Anju and Sinjiu (next to Chinese Dandong) in North Korea, there is only a 150 km stretch missing. If this would be build, one can
drive all the way from Pusan to Singapore on a good quality road, mosty 4-lane.
Or almost to Europe, or Morocco
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 12:24 AM   #87
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The northern part of the Seoul ring road (Expressway 100) has finished in 2007. It's now a continuous 8 lane expressway.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 01:41 AM   #88
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If you look at the google earth: between Anju and Sinjiu (next to Chinese Dandong) in North Korea, there is only a 150 km stretch missing. If this would be build, one can
drive all the way from Pusan to Singapore on a good quality road, mosty 4-lane.
Or almost to Europe, or Morocco
Good luck getting a visa for the Workers' Paradise on Earth AKA Kimlandia...

Not to mention crossing the Demilitarized Zone.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 01:54 AM   #89
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Ulsan

Ulsan is one of the biggest industrial cities in the world. It's a metropolitan city, meaning it is similar to a province. It has about 1.1 million inhabitants and a GDP per capita greater than any but 3 countries.

Hyundai automotive plant
This 7 kilometer long string of automotive factories is the largest in the world. Hyundai produces over 1.7 million vehicles per year here.
[IMG]http://i46.************/24y4k5l.jpg[/IMG]

Hyundai shipyard
The Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard is the world's largest shipyard. 10% of the world's ships are build here. It occupies a strip of land 5 kilometers long.
[IMG]http://i49.************/iyfy4n.jpg[/IMG]

SK Energy Ulsan Refinery
The SK Energy Ulsan Refinery is the second largest oil refinery in the world. It has a capacity of 840,000 barrels per day, or about 1% of the world's daily oil consumption. It occupies an industrial site of no less than 15 kilometers long.
[IMG]http://i49.************/2q0ucdg.jpg[/IMG]

Despite all these mind-boggling industries, Ulsan is relatively bad connected to the rest of South Korea. Until recently, there was only one expressway leading out of the city, Expressway 16 which connects to Expressway 1 (Busan - Seoul). Busan also happens to be the world's fifth largest port. A new expressway, number 65 is constructed between Ulsan and Busan. Further north along the coast, there are other sections of expressway 65, which remain unconnected with eachother.

Despite the lack of connections, the traffic volumes on the roads to Ulsan are relatively low, mostly because there are no commuter towns outside the city proper. In other words, Ulsan doesn't have suburban cities, like Seoul has.

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Old December 3rd, 2009, 02:51 AM   #90
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great find
recently i've been spying on the 'size' of automotive plants
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 11:18 AM   #91
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Wasn't it Hyundai that built a massive port facility for Saudia Arabia? Shipping the facility to SA was considered so dangerous that no insurance company would cover it... so they dragged it across the ocean anyway and opened up SA's oil wealth.

Or something like that... I have a terrible memory.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 12:13 PM   #92
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Busan

Busan is South Korea's second largest city and the world's fifth largest port.

This American guy drives through it.

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Old December 4th, 2009, 11:42 AM   #93
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Busan, pretty awesome:
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Old December 4th, 2009, 12:21 PM   #94
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it surprises me that the nominal gdp is still below 20k usd
you sniff around in google earth and you get the impression that south korea is one big factory :o
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Old December 4th, 2009, 02:08 PM   #95
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Very nice roads! Justo hope the idea of making bus lanes in freeways don't get any interest from anti-car politicians in Europe. I could barely imagine: due to congestion, now from July 20 - Aug 15 leftmost lanes in all Italy will be reserved to buses only.

It frightens me. Let them build trains...
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Old December 4th, 2009, 05:11 PM   #96
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Busan, pretty awesome:
That's one of the most spectacular photos I've seen recently.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 06:39 PM   #97
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Absolutley amazing
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Old December 4th, 2009, 06:47 PM   #98
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I think South Korea also has the world's lowest traffic volume for a motorway equivalent.

Expressway 12 has near the newly constructed Muan International Airport southwest of Gwangju an AADT of 430.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 07:26 PM   #99
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Thinking for the future probably, although thats a shockingly low number.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 07:38 PM   #100
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Well, the Muan International Airport opened during the end of 2007 and my stats are from 2008. It gradually replaces two other airports in the region, so traffic volumes towards the airport are probably pretty low for a while.
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