It’s Been A Year Since The Itaewon Tragedy

October 29, 2023, Marked The One-year Anniversary Of The Itaewon Tragedy

The Itaewon tragedy, which claimed the lives of 159 people, made Korean society to reflect on the country’s disaster safety management and response system as a whole. It also served as a wake-up call for Korean society to be more vigilant about accidents involving large crowds.

On The First Anniversary Of The Tragedy, Vigils Were Held Across Seoul

The Itaewon Tragedy Survivors’ Council and others held pre-memorial events on October 29, starting with a religious prayer service at 2 p.m. at Exit 1 of Itaewon Station in Yongsan-gu.

After the prayer service, survivors and attendees marched from Exit 1 of Itaewon Station, past the Yongsan Presidential Office and Samgakji Statation, to City Hall Station Exit 5, where the memorial service was held.

A Line Of People Was Writing Memorial Messages On The Alley

Photo by DongAh Ilbo
Photo by Yonhap News

Minister of the Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min pays a moment of silence during a visit to the “10-29 Memory and Safety Road” memorial space at the site of the Itaewon tragedy in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, on Monday, Oct. 28.

Photo by NoCut News

A memorial service for the first anniversary of the October 29 tragedy was held at Seoul Plaza in central Seoul on the afternoon of October 29.

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