Business owners in Itaewon are still suffering after the tragedy that killed 158 young people because there are no customers even during the holiday season.
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One bar owner in Itaewon's popular nightlife district, 'A,' commented, "This year's Christmas is worse than when the pandemic was in full swing. I have 0 reservations."
Since the Itaewon tragedy, not only Itaewon Station and the World Food Culture Street area but also the surrounding commercial districts are experiencing no customers even during the holiday season. It was reported only 10% of the last year's Christmas visited Itaewon on this year's Christmas.
A bakery owner near Itaewon station commented, "This year's Christmas has 1/10th of the visitors compared to the last year's Christmas. Christmas cake sales have dropped 70% and the businesses in the vicinity are practically dead."
On the other hand, other popular nightlife districts such as Hongdae and Myeongdong were seen bustling with many people trying to go out during the holiday season. The police have dispatched extra personnel to 37 areas including Hongdae, Gangnam, and Myeongdong to prevent potential accidents.
Myeongdong on Christmas weekend