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.
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.
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.
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.