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South Korea: Seoul station crowded ahead of Lunar New Year festivities01:20

South Korea: Seoul station crowded ahead of Lunar New Year festivities

Korea, Republic of, Seoul
February 15, 2018 at 12:17 GMT -00:00 · Published

South Korean travellers crowded train stations and bus terminals in Seoul, Thursday, as travellers headed to their home towns ahead of the start of the Lunar New Year celebrations.One of the workers at the capital's train station explained that "the reason why it's so crowded today is because today and tomorrow is going to be a national holiday in Korea." He also noted that "a lot of foreign tourists [are] going to Pyeongchang, and people want to go to the Olympics."The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, marks the beginning of a new year according to the moon's cycle and is celebrated in many countries across Asia.The Korean New Year is considered to be one of the most significant traditional Korean holidays. Millions of people belonging to the Korean diaspora around the world travel to their homeland for the festivities.The celebration traditionally lasts three days. This year, the Korean New Year's Day will fall on Friday, with Thursday and Saturday also designated as official holidays.

South Korea: Seoul station crowded ahead of Lunar New Year festivities01:20
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South Korean travellers crowded train stations and bus terminals in Seoul, Thursday, as travellers headed to their home towns ahead of the start of the Lunar New Year celebrations.One of the workers at the capital's train station explained that "the reason why it's so crowded today is because today and tomorrow is going to be a national holiday in Korea." He also noted that "a lot of foreign tourists [are] going to Pyeongchang, and people want to go to the Olympics."The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, marks the beginning of a new year according to the moon's cycle and is celebrated in many countries across Asia.The Korean New Year is considered to be one of the most significant traditional Korean holidays. Millions of people belonging to the Korean diaspora around the world travel to their homeland for the festivities.The celebration traditionally lasts three days. This year, the Korean New Year's Day will fall on Friday, with Thursday and Saturday also designated as official holidays.

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