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The General Characteristics of Boulevards in South Korea

  • Journal of the Korean Cartographic Association
  • Abbr : JKCA
  • 2017, 17(1), pp.41-58
  • Publisher : The Korean Cartographic Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography > Geography in general > Cartography
  • Published : April 30, 2017

Song Hoyul 1

1서원대학교 전 총장

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ABSTRACT

Since Jan. 1st 2014, the road name address system became mandatory in South Korea. However, usage of the road name address system fell short of expectations and also research about this system is quite insufficient. Therefore, writer got ‘road section report’ from 17 different local governments and then only extracted roads which was classified as boulevard. Based on that, writer analyzed general characteristics of boulevards in South Korea. As a result of analysis, among 288 boulevards, there are 12 pairs of boulevards which have same name with the other roads. Also there are 12 boulevards which belong authentically to two different local governments. They have common ground on that Ministry of the Interior has management authority of those roads. Total length of Donghae-daero which is longest boulevard in South Korea is 359km. Extremely long distance boulevards are very relevant with national highways. Total length of Inhang-ro which is shortest boulevard in South Korea is 470m. Extremely short boulevards usually belong to single ‘dong’. There are 8 boulevards which named like normal roads (‘ro’) not as like boulevards(‘daero’), because those boulevards have one thing in common that they named after existing roads' name. There are 141 roads which are narrow road but rear part of road name misleads those roads into boulevards or which are broad enough and have road name ended with ‘daero’, but classified as normal road (‘ro’). Those roads can be classified into 2 types, broad roads which are as wide as boulevard and more narrow roads than two-lane road.

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