Downtown Seoul Covered by Corona 19

The major tourist attractions and commercial districts in Seoul, which had more than 80 confirmed patients with new corona virus infection (Corona 19), were quiet.

As usual this afternoon on Sunday, there were no people at Gangnam station, which would be crowded with foreign tourists and outgoing citizens.

At 12:30 on the day, there were no customers in the cafes around Gangnam Station Exit 10 and Exit 11.

Kim, 46, who runs a cafe in the history of Gangnam Station, said, “If it’s normal, it’s full of people, but now there’s less than half of the floating population compared to the pre-corona crisis,” he said.
The number of people in Seoul Myeongdong Street, a major tourist destination in downtown Seoul, has also decreased significantly.

The staff of the Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center, which guides citizens on the streets of Myeong-dong, said, “Usually, more than 200 Chinese tourists were taken a day.” But these days, there are only 10 people.

Park Chan-woo, 27, who has been selling bags in Myeong-dong alleys for two years, said, “On average, I earned a million won a day.

Sinchon car-free street where a lot of young people gathered was too thin.

Mr. A, who runs a restaurant near Sinchon Station, said, “On Sunday lunch, the staff were too busy to go to the toilet, but Corona19 has reduced 90% of customers than usual.”

The large indoor mall was too quiet.
At 2 pm on the same day, only 1 out of 10 shops were opened in the underground shopping center of Seocho-gu, Seoul. The owners had no customers and watched only their cell phones.

Lee Ji-eun (36), who runs a clothing store here, said, “We had a business here even during the MERS crisis, but there are no people there.”

Yeongdeungpo large shopping mall restaurants and cafes were also vacant even during lunch. There was no place where the table was more than half full.


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