Filipino community leaders are now working to appeal for the retention of the Filipino market. On Sunday, those who could come to Hyehwa-dong for the Mass are requested to sign the petition that the community leaders will present to the government officials.
Hardworking Ambassador Luis T. Cruz is also seeking to avert the closure of ‘Little Manila’ for its significance to Korea’s program of multi-culturalism. Apparently…
Residents and storeowners have complained of traffic, disorderliness and garbage problems in the market area, leading the Jongno District Office to push for the market’s shutdown.
I’ve never been to Hyehwa-dong after 5 PM so I really don’t know whether the sellers or the Filipinos who go there in general cause garbage problems. I would agree though that AT TIMES there are those who would double park on the curve leading to the church and it’s quite annoying and dangerous.
Filipino community leaders might not have an easy time convincing Korean authorities to allow the street market to stay on Sundays. It wouldn’t be like finding tips online on how to get rid of blackheads. However, if the Jongro District Office ever agree to retain the Filipino market, we should all do our best to not give them anymore reason to banish ‘Little Manila’.