Hundreds of white chrysanthemum flowers are positioned in entrance of the No. 1 exit of Itaewon station in Yongsan-gu, Seoul at 11 a.m. on Monday. It is an area voluntarily created by residents to pay tribute to the victims of the Halloween crowd surge in Itaewon. Mr. Seo Geon-hoon in a black swimsuit knelt in entrance of it, paid a silent tribute, and made a deep bow.
Seo mentioned he was in Itaewon for Halloween together with his buddies close to the lethal accident on Saturday. He noticed heavy crowds in a slim alley however shortly left the world together with his buddies. “I used to be racked with guilt for having accomplished nothing. I got here right here for the memorial house,” he mentioned. “I’m deeply sorry that I simply left,” he mentioned, holding his tears again.
Memorial areas throughout Seoul had been visited by residents paying tribute to the victims all day on Monday. In explicit, the No. 1 exit of Itaewon station, which immediately leads to the location of the accident, was crammed with notes of prayer, chrysanthemum, and cups crammed with alcohol to pay respect.
The Seoul metropolitan authorities additionally arrange a gaggle memorial altar in Seoul Plaza in Jung-gu at 10 a.m. on Monday and determined to have it open till Saturday for the designated interval of nationwide mourning. The Yongsan-gu district workplace additionally created a gaggle memorial altar close to Noksapyeong station.
Ten or so kindergarten college students visited the group memorial altar in Seoul Plaza on the morning of Monday to pay respect. “The youngsters mentioned they needed to pray for the victims not to damage anymore, so we determined to come to the altar collectively,” mentioned their kindergarten instructor Ha Hye-rim. “I used to be additionally in Itaewon earlier than the accident,” mentioned Jihed Jemai from Tunisia. “I don’t know what to say. I would like to provide my condolences to the members of the family of the victims going by way of heartbreaking occasions.”
Those who couldn’t go to altars posted a black and white picture that claims ‘PRAY FOR ITAEWON’ on social media to pay respect on-line.