Expressways in South Korea
Expressways in South Korea (Hangul: 대한민국의 고속도로; Hanja: 大韓民國의 高速道路; RR: Daehanmingukui gosokdoro) were originally numbered in order of construction. Since August 24, 2001, they have been numbered in a scheme somewhat similar to that of the Interstate Highway System in the United States; the icons of the South Korean Expressways are notably similar to those in the United States because they are shaped like U.S. Highway shields and colored like Interstate shields with red, white and blue, the colors of the flag of South Korea.
- Arterial routes are designated by two-digit numbers, with north-south routes having odd numbers, and east-west routes having even numbers. Primary routes (i.e. major thoroughfares) have 5 or 0 as their last digit, while secondary routes end in other digits.
- Branch routes have three-digit route numbers, where the first two digits match the route number of an arterial route.
- Belt lines have three-digit route numbers where the first digit matches the respective city's postal code.
- Route numbers in the range 70–99 are not used in South Korea; they are reserved for designations in the event of Korean reunification.
- The Gyeongbu Expressway kept its Route 1 designation, as it is South Korea's first and most important expressway.
List of expressways
- Italics are planned line.
|1||Main||Gyeongbu Expressway||Yangjae IC (Seoul) – Guseo IC (Busan)||416.1 km|
|10||East – West Trunk||Namhae Expressway||West Yeongam IC(Yeongam) - Haeryong IC(Suncheon)||106.8 km|
|West Suncheon IC (Suncheon) – Deokcheon IC (Busan)||166.3 km|
|102||East – West Branch (of 10)||Namhae Expressway Branch 1||Sanin JC (Haman) – Naeseo JC – Changwon JC (Changwon)||17.9 km|
|104||East – West Branch (of 10)||Namhae Expressway Branch 2||Nangjeong JC (Gimhae) – Sasang IC (Busan)||20.6 km|
|105||South – North Branch (of 10)||Namhae Expressway Branch 3||Jinhae – Gijang||15.3 km|
|12||East – West||Muan–Gwangju Expressway||Muan Airport IC (Muan) – Unsu IC (Gwangju)||41.3 km|
|Gwangju–Daegu Expressway||Munheung JC (Gwangju) – Okpo JC (Dalseong)||176.0 km|
|14||East - West||Hamyang–Ulsan Expressway||Hamyang – Ulsan||144.6 km|
|15||South – North Trunk||Seohaean Expressway||Mokpo IC (Muan) – Geumcheon IC (Seoul)||336.6 km|
|151||South – North Branch (of 15)||Seocheon–Gongju Expressway||East Seocheon JC (Seocheon) – West Gongju JC (Gongju)||61.4 km|
|153||South – North Branch (of 15)||Pyeongtaek–Siheung Expressway||Pyeongtaek – Siheung||40.3 km|
|16||East – West||Ulsan Expressway||Eonyang JC (Ulju) – Ulsan IC (Ulsan)||14.3 km|
|17||South – North||Pyeongtaek–Hwaseong Expressway||Oseong IC (Pyeongtaek) – Bongdam IC (Hwaseong)||26.7 km|
|Suwon–Munsan Expressway||Suwon – Paju||83.0 km|
|171||South – North Branch (of 17)||Osan–Hwaseong Expressway||West Osan JC (Osan) – Annyeong IC (Hwaseong)||2.5 km|
|Yongin–Seoul Expressway||Heungdeok IC (Yongin) – Heolleung IC (Seoul)||22.9 km|
|20||East – West Trunk||Iksan–Pohang Expressway||Iksan JC (Iksan) – Jangsu JC (Jangsu)||61.0 km|
|Palgongsan IC (Daegu) – Pohang IC (Pohang)||69.4 km|
|202||East – West Branch (of 20)||Iksan–Pohang Expressway Branch||Pohang||24.0 km|
|25||South – North Trunk||Honam Expressway||West Suncheon IC (Suncheon) – Nonsan JC (Nonsan)||194.2 km|
|Nonsan–Cheonan Expressway||Nonsan JC (Nonsan) – Cheonan JC (Cheonan)||82.0 km|
|251||South – North Branch (of 25)||Honam Expressway Branch||Nonsan JC (Nonsan) – Hoedeok JC (Daejeon)||54.0 km|
|253||South – North Branch (of 25)||Gochang–Damyang Expressway||Gochang JC (Gochang) – Daedeok JC (Damyang)||42.5 km|
|27||South – North||Suncheon–Wanju Expressway||East Sunchen IC (Suncheon) – Wanju JC (Wanju)||117.8 km|
|29||South – North||Sejong–Pocheon Expressway||Sejong – Guri||50.6 km|
|Guri – Pocheon||71.1 km|
|30||East – West Trunk||Dangjin–Yeongdeok Expressway||Dangjin JC (Dangjin) – Nakdong JC (Sangju) - Yeongdeok||305.5 km|
|301||South – North Branch (of 30)||Sangju–Yeongcheon Expressway||Sangju – Yeongcheon||93.9 km|
|32||East – West||Asan–Cheongju Expressway||Asan – Cheongju||48.8 km|
|35||South – North Trunk||Tongyeong–Daejeon Expressway||Tongyeong IC (Tongyeong) – Biryong JC (Daejeon)||215.3 km|
|Jungbu Expressway||Biryong JC (Daejeon) – Hanam JC (Hanam)||117.2 km|
|37||South – North||Second Jungbu Expressway||Express Line of 35 (Majang JC (Icheon) – Sangok JC (Hanam))||31.1 km|
|40||East – West Trunk||Pyeongtaek–Jecheon Expressway||West Pyeongtaek JC (Pyeongtaek) – Jecheon JC (Jecheon)||127.4 km|
|45||South – North Trunk||Jungbu Naeryuk Expressway||Naeseo JC (Changwon) – Yangpyeong IC (Yangpyeong)||301.7 km|
|451||South – North Branch (of 45)||Jungbu Naeryuk Expressway Branch||Hyeonpung JC (Dalseong) – Geumho JC (Daegu)||30.0 km|
|50||East – West Trunk||Yeongdong Expressway||Seochang JC (Incheon) – Gangneung JC (Gangneung)||234.4 km|
|52||East – West||Gwangju–Wonju Expressway||Gwangju, Gyeonggi – Wonju||57.0 km|
|55||South – North Trunk||Jungang Expressway||Samnak JC (Busan) – Chuncheon IC (Chuncheon)||388.1 km|
|551||South – North Branch (of 55)||Jungang Expressway Branch||Daedong JC (Gimhae) – Yangsan JC (Yangsan)||18.1 km|
|60||East – West Trunk||Seoul–Yangyang Expressway||Deokso-Sampae IC (Namyangju) – East Hongcheon IC (Hongcheon) - Yangyang||150.2 km|
|65||South – North Trunk||Donghae Expressway||Haeundae IC (Busan) – Pohang||100.9 km|
|Samcheok – Donghae IC (Donghae) – Hajodae IC (Yangyang) – Sokcho||122.6 km|
|100||Belt||Seoul Ring Expressway||Pangyo JC (Seongnam) – Hanam JC (Hanam) – Uijeongbu IC (Uijeongbu) -
Ilsan IC (Goyang) – Jangsu IC (Incheon) – Pangyo JC – (Loop)
|110||Metropolitan Area||Second Gyeongin Expressway||Airport Town Square JC (Incheon) – Sammak IC (Anyang) – Seongnam||70.0 km|
|120||Metropolitan Area||Gyeongin Expressway||Incheon IC (Incheon) – Sinwol IC (Seoul)||23.9 km|
|130||Metropolitan Area||Incheon International Airport Expressway||Bungno JC (Goyang) – Airport Town Square JC (Incheon)||36.5 km|
|300||Belt||Daejeon Southern Ring Expressway||Seodaejeon JC (Daejeon) – Biryong JC (Daejeon)||20.9 km|
|400||Belt||Capital Region Second Ring Expressway||Bongdam IC (Hwaseong) – Dongtan JC (Hwaseong)||17.8 km|
|Incheon – Gimpo||28.5 km|
|Pocheon - Yangpyeong IC (Yangpyeong)||46.5 km|
|500||Belt||Gwangju Ring Expressway||Gwangju – Jangseong||10.3 km|
|600||Belt||Busan Ring Expressway||Gimhae – Busan - Yangsan - Busan||48.8 km|
|700||Belt||Daegu Ring Expressway||Daegu – Chilgok - Daegu||32.4 km|
Since June 1, 1972, all motorcycles except police motorcycles are prohibited from driving on expressways in South Korea, regardless of engine displacement. Before 1972, motorcycles with an engine displacement greater than 250 cc were permitted on expressways.
Since March 15, 1992, all motorcycles except police motorcycles have been banned from certain other roads designated for motor vehicles only. These roads are marked by a circular blue sign with a white silhouette of a car.
South Korea is the only country in the OECD with a freeway ban on motorcycles.
- National highways of South Korea
- National support provincial highways
- Provincial highways of South Korea
- Motorways of North Korea
- (Korean) Prohibit the driving on Expressways for Three-wheeled Vehicles and Motorcycles May 23,1972, Dong-a Ilbo
- (Korean) Prohibit the driving on Expressways for Three-wheeled Vehicles etc May 24, 1972, Maeil Business Newspaper
- (Korean) Article 58 the South Korea Road Traffic Law(Revised for December 14, 1991, Enforced from to March 15, 1992)
- (Korean) Article 63 of the South Korea Road Traffic Law(Revised for May 31, 2005 and April 28, 2006, Enforced from to June 1st 2006)
- (Korean) Article 63 of the South Korea Road Traffic Law(Revised for June 8, 2011, Enforced from to December 9, 2011)
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