At a time when South Korea seemed to have the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic under control, a club goer’s visit to Seoul’s nightclub district of Itaewon, set off a chain of unfortunate events. After COVID-19 cases spread rapidly in the area, now known of as the ‘Itaewon Cluster’, the area has become eerily empty.
Itaewon, popular with tourists and locals alike, is known for being the ‘international’ party district and for being a safe space for Seoul’s LGBTQAI+ community as well.
As life slowly adapts to this ‘new normal’, business owners, restaurateurs and nightclub owners in the area feel short changed and are struggling to bounce back.
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