I’ve been receiving emails and private messages on my Facebook account asking about our status after North Korea’s declaration of “state of war”. A few emails I received asked if it’s still safe to travel to Seoul.
Everything is normal here in Seoul and I hope it will stay that way. We went to watch a soccer game on Saturday afternoon, FC Seoul vs Gyeongnam FC. It was pretty cool and quite windy but we had fun cheering for Seoul. The game ended in a draw, 2-2. On the way back home, the subway was crowded and noisy.
Are the South Koreans taking the threats of North Korea seriously? In this article on CNN, it says that “threats are normal for South Koreans“. I remember panicking years ago when I first heard those threats. My husband was nonchalant. Over the years, I learned to just “ignore” the news the way the locals do. When the sinking of a South Korean ship and the bombing of Yeongpyeong-do happened in 2010, we simply couldn’t “ignore” the news anymore. Now, when I hear threats of war from the North, part of me is thinking that the South should just end it once and for all. But of course, what we truly want is peace.
The few people I spoke aren’t worried. They are actually apathetic, as in they don’t care about the North at all. One person I spoke to said he isn’t worried because he’s paying taxes and it’s the government’s role to do something about it… ;p
Really, we only want peace in this part of the world. So let’s all just think positive thoughts ~~
For Filipinos residing in South Korea… here’s a message posted on the SK-Filcoms Preparedness Group
This is to inform the Filipino community in South Korea that despite the recent media reports that North Korea declared a “state of war” against South Korea, the situation in South Korea remains calm and normal. We remain to be at Alert Level 1. This means that we should stay vigilant of the situation in your respective locations by coordinating with your Filipino community and church leaders as well as Migrant Workers Centers and Multicultural Centers.
Should the situation deteriorate that would warrant a movement to safer areas, please be informed that the recommended destinations are Busan and Gimhae City, Gyeongsangnam-do. The Philippine Embassy is coordinating with authorities to identify the specific convergence centers in these areas.
For further inquiries, you may call the following Embassy hotline numbers, 010-9263-8119 and 010-9365-2312 or the POLO hotline 010-4573-6290.
Philippine Embassy in Seoul