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Old December 3rd, 2012, 06:23 PM   #161
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Expressway 100, Seoul Beltway

Today it's exactly 25 years ago the first segment of the Expressway 100 - the Seoul Beltway - opened to traffic. They've come a long way since then. The beltway wasn't completed until 28 December 2007.

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Old December 29th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #162
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2012 end of the year statistics

2012 was a relatively uneventful year for the Korean Expressway network. 136 kilometers of new expressway opened to traffic, largely thanks to a 107 kilometer opening of Expressway 10 along the south coast in April. The cumulative length increase was better than the previous two years though.

The length of the South Korean expressway network at 31 December 2012 is 4 183 kilometers.

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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:32 AM   #163
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First post in 2013!
* Firstly, Noone mentioned that south Korea has standardized from the mess in the first pic to the lane indicating sign in the second pic.


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Secondly, a question I couldn't find an answer for. Since the Northern neighbor completed Pyongyang-Kaesong Expressway years ago and there is only 60-70 Km from Kaesong to Seoul city limits, isn't the government in the south thinking of a Seoul-Kaesong Freeway?

Thirdly, South Korea's road network is way more developed and also there is way more info on the subject, why is there 13 pages in the North Korean thread and only 9 in the south Korean thread?

Also, as I've seen from google maps satellite image, North Korea has started expanding its freeways very fast in the last 3-4 years (eg: Wonsoan towards north, Sinuiju towards Pyongyang) If you have any contribution or anything you want to say please contribute to the North Korean thread.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:55 AM   #164
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Both countries are technically at war, the border is closed and heavily mined. Why would you need an expressway going over it? In fact it's questionable why North Korea needs expressways at all with their almost non-existent private car ownership. Probably one of their vanity projects...

As for this thread it's probably not very active because there are few if any Korean posters.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 09:30 AM   #165
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The expressways can save a lot of time and money after a possible unification.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 09:50 AM   #166
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If a unification ever comes, I am sure that there will be decent connectors between both parts of the country very quickly. The German reunification shows what can be archieved very quickly. The ROK route numbering system is prepared for a unification, by the way.

As regards the new signage, I certainly noted it when I drove in Korea last year. I consider it a massive improvement. I should point out, however, that the second picture in your series is not a new-style gantry sign. If you want to see examples, scroll one page back.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 10:33 AM   #167
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The second one is a new sign design.
The english is not below but rather beside the Korean script and it has the lane indicating arrows, however the signs further along the road are from the old design.
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 02:15 PM   #168
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Gwangan Bridge

The bridge on the banner today is the Gwangan Bridge in Busan. It is 7.4 kilometers long and is the second-longest bridge in Korea.

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Old February 2nd, 2013, 02:27 PM   #169
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Wow! Busan is great!
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Old February 4th, 2013, 07:25 AM   #170
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Anyone who has the ability to do so, can you please change the Korean name which now means "Republic of Korea" to 대한민국의 고속도로와 고속도로 which would mean "Highways and expressways in the Republic of Korea"?? Thanks

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Old February 4th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #171
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It seems you wrote 고속도로 twice. Another possibility would be "자동차도," (translated from 自動車道 [Jidōshadō] in Japanese, another word for expressway) although I don't know if this is used in practice.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 07:36 PM   #172
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That means cars
How about simply roads? (도로)
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In that case "[ROK] South Korean roads and expressways • 대한민국의 도로와 고속도로" would be our best bet.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 02:50 AM   #174
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In that case "[ROK] South Korean roads and expressways • 대한민국의 도로와 고속도로" would be our best bet.

Thanks for fixing the error. Yes, now who is able to change it?
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Old February 7th, 2013, 05:18 AM   #175
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Impressive roads out there in South Korea! To add on the topic, not long ago on Youtube I saw a video of a Korean freeway that was like right along the border with North Korea and you could see clearly the barbed-wire and the guard towers looking out at the water at North Korea.

Not sure which vid it was or who posted it but it was quite fascinating.

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Old March 30th, 2013, 05:00 PM   #176
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Expressway 153

The new Expressway 153 opened to traffic on 28 March. The ultimate plan is to extend it further south, parallel to Expressway 15, down to the Boryeong area. It is planned to open in 2018.

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Expressway 153

The Expressway 153 opened just over a month ago. This video by Aboutkorea covered the entire route from south to north. It is the fourth north-south expressway south of Seoul. The amount of traffic is quite remarkable for such a brand-new expressway. It's loaded with trucks.

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Old May 28th, 2013, 08:58 PM   #178
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What does Wichido mean? (on the picture-top right)
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Old August 11th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #179
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Bukhang Bridge / North Port Bridge, Busan

The new Bukhang Bridge in Busan. It will open in 2014.

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