While watching the 9 o’clock news last night, it was reported that a gymnasium located in the southeastern city of Gyeongju collapsed. Freshmen students of Busan University of Foreign Language were in the gymnasium for their orientation. About 565 were in attendance and among them, 100 students suffered minor injuries. Ten people died.
The cause of the collapse is the heavy snowfall which the “sandwich” type building couldn’t sustain. The rescue workers, about 1,200 in total, worked all night rescuing trapped students despite the continuous snowfall.
Today, hundreds of students and their families attended the wake of the ten people who died. Just watching the moms bawling breaks my heart. The students had just finished high school and passed the grueling Korean college entrance exams they prepared for for years.
In modern Korea, many families have only one or two kids. It is not common to find a family with three children. I couldn’t even imagine what their families are going through.