Expressways in South Korea
Expressways in South Korea 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)|
|10||East – West Trunk||Namhae Expressway||Yeongam - West Suncheon IC (Suncheon) – Deokcheon IC (Busan)|
|102||East – West Branch (of 10)||Namhae 1st Branch Expressway||Sanin JC (Haman) – Naeseo JC – Changwon JC (Changwon)|
|104||East – West Branch (of 10)||Namhae 2nd Branch Expressway||Nangjeong JC (Gimhae) – Sasang IC (Busan)|
|105||South – North Branch (of 10)||Namhae 3rd Branch Expressway||Jinhae – Gijang|
|12||East – West||88 Olympic Expressway||Goseo JC (Damyang) – Okpo JC (Dalseong)|
|Muan-Gwangju Expressway||Muan Airport IC (Muan) – Unsu IC (Gwangju)|
|14||East - West||Hamyang-Ulsan Expressway||Hamyang – Ulsan|
|15||South – North Trunk||Seohaean Expressway||Mokpo IC (Muan) – Geumcheon IC (Seoul)|
|151||South – North Branch (of 15)||Seocheon-Gongju Expressway||East Seocheon JC (Seocheon) – West Gongju JC (Gongju)|
|153||South – North Branch (of 15)||Pyeongtaek-Siheung Expressway||Pyeongtaek – Siheung|
|16||East – West||Ulsan Expressway||Eonyang JC (Ulju) – Ulsan IC (Ulsan)|
|17||South – North||Pyeongtaek-Hwaseong Expressway||Oseong IC (Pyeongtaek) – Bongdam IC (Hwaseong)|
|Suwon-Munsan Expressway||Suwon – Paju|
|171||South – North Branch (of 17)||Osan-Hwaseong Expressway||West Osan JC (Osan) – Annyeong IC (Hwaseong)|
|Yongin-Seoul Expressway||Heungdeok IC (Yongin) – Heolleung IC (Seoul)|
|19||South – North||Guri-Pocheon Expressway||Guri – Pocheon|
|20||East – West Trunk||Iksan-Pohang Expressway||Iksan JC (Iksan) – Jangsu JC (Jangsu)
Under construction between Jangsu JC and Palgonsan IC
Palgongsan IC (Daegu) – Pohang IC (Pohang)
|202||East – West Branch (of 20)||Iksan-Pohang Branch Expressway||Pohang|
|25||South – North Trunk||Honam Expressway||West Suncheon IC (Suncheon) – Nonsan JC (Nonsan)|
|Nonsan-Cheonan Expressway||Nonsan JC (Nonsan) – Cheonan JC (Cheonan)|
|251||South – North Branch (of 25)||Honam Branch Expressway||Nonsan JC (Nonsan) – Hoedeok JC (Daejeon)|
|253||South – North Branch (of 25)||Gochang-Damyang Expressway||Gochang JC (Gochang) – Daedeok JC (Damyang)|
|27||South – North||Suncheon-Wanju Expressway||Suncheon – Wanju|
|30||East – West Trunk||Dangjin-Yeongdeok Expressway||Dangjin JC (Dangjin) – Nakdong JC (Sangju) - Yeongdeok|
|301||South – North Branch (of 30)||Sangju-Yeongcheon Expressway||Sangju – Yeongcheon|
|35||South – North Trunk||Tongyeong-Daejeon Expressway||Tongyeong IC (Tongyeong) – Biryong JC (Daejeon)|
|Jungbu Expressway||Biryong JC (Daejeon) – Hanam JC (Hanam)|
|37||South – North||2nd Jungbu Expressway||Express Line of 35 (Majang JC (Icheon) – Sangok JC (Hanam))|
|40||East – West Trunk||Pyeongtaek–Jecheon Expressway||West Pyeongtaek JC (Pyeongtaek) – Daeso JC (Eumseong) - Jecheon|
|45||South – North Trunk||Jungbu Naeryuk Expressway||Naeseo JC (Changwon) – Yeoju JC (Yeoju) - Namyangju|
|451||South – North Branch (of 45)||Jungbu Naeryuk Branch Expressway||Hyeonpung JC (Dalseong) – Geumho JC (Daegu)|
|50||East – West Trunk||Yeongdong Expressway||Seochang JC (Incheon) – Gangneung JC (Gangneung)|
|52||East – West||Gwangju-Wonju Expressway||Gwangju, Gyeonggi – Wonju|
|55||South – North Trunk||Jungang Expressway||Samnak JC (Busan) – Daedong JC (Gimhae)
East Daegu JC (Daegu) – Chuncheon IC (Chuncheon)
|Daegu-Busan Expressway||Daedong JC (Gimhae) – East Daegu JC (Daegu)|
|551||South – North Branch (of 55)||Jungang Branch Expressway||Daedong JC (Gimhae) – Yangsan JC (Yangsan)|
|60||East – West Trunk||Seoul-Yangyang Expressway||Deokso-Sampae IC (Namyangju) – East Hongcheon IC (Hongcheon) - Yangyang|
|65||South – North Trunk||Donghae Expressway||Haeundae IC (Busan) – Ulsan JC (Ulsan)
Under construction between Ulsan JC and Donghae IC
Donghae IC (Donghae) – Hajodae IC (Yangyang)
|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||2nd Gyeongin Expressway||Airport Town Square JC (Incheon) – Sammak IC (Anyang)|
|120||Metropolitan Area||Gyeongin Expressway||Dohwa IC (Incheon) – Bucheon IC (Bucheon)|
|130||Metropolitan Area||Incheon International Airport Expressway||Bungno JC (Goyang) – Airport Town Square JC (Incheon)|
|300||Belt||Daejeon Southern Belt Expressway||Seodaejeon JC (Daejeon) – Biryong JC (Daejeon)|
|400||Belt||Capital Region 2nd Belt Expressway||Bongdam IC (Hwaseong) – Dongtan JC (Hwaseong)|
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.
- (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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