Posted by: rbbadger | January 22, 2010


I recently had to go down to Daegu.  Given that traffic is almost always bad along the Gyeongbu Expressway, I usually take the KTX if I go into that part of the country.  The trains go very fast.  They reach speeds of 300 km/h.  Instead of taking a domestic flight, it is generally easier and often just as fast to take the train unless you’re going to Gwangju.  For some reason, high speed rail doesn’t extend all the way down there yet.  The trains were built by Hyundai-Rotem in association with Alstom, the French builders of the famed TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse), France’s high speed rail. 



  1. The most former presidents came from Gyeongsang province. As a result, Jeolla province has been neglected.

    There has been conflicts between Geongsnag and Jeolla provinces, since three-country era (Goguryeo, Baekjae, Shilla). Shilla dynasty (the current Kyeongsang province) defeated Baekjae dynasty (the current Jeolla dynasty) and unified Korean peninsula. At that time Shilla got support from Tang China and Baekjae had connection with Japan. They have been enemies for centuries.

    Wang-gun, the founder of Koryo dynasty also officially discriminated people from Jeolla province. He ordered not to hire any people from Jeolla province for government offices.
    The regionalism in Korea is historically very deep-rooted. I am not from either provinces and try to keep away from the regional conflicts.

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