1000 buses for a typhoon? Sangam Concert ‘Cheap Chop Chop Mountain’

The finale of the 2023 Saemangeum World Scout Jamboree will be held in Seoul on the evening of ‘Friday’ (Friday), and ‘traffic disruption in the city’ is expected. As Typhoon먹튀검증 Kanun No. 6 heads toward the Korean Peninsula, the possibility of safety accidents due to stage equipment installed in the event venue is also raised. Among experts, there is a voice of criticism saying, “Change of the venue to chase the typhoon.”

The Jamboree Organizing Committee announced that it would hold a closing ceremony and a ‘K-Pop Super Live’ concert at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul from 5:30 pm on the 11th. The event is attended by famous celebrities such as New Jeans , NCT Dream, and ITZY .

However, considering the time zone, there are concerns that this could intensify traffic congestion in Seoul. Friday afternoon is a busy time with cars. According to the Seoul City Vehicle Speed ​​Report last year, the speed was the lowest on Fridays, both in the city center and in the outskirts. When buses carrying scouts moving to eight cities and provinces are crowded here, traffic congestion is obvious. The previous day, it took about 10 hours for 37,000 scouts to leave Saemangeum using 1,000 buses.

Moon Hyeon-cheol, vice president of the National Association for Crisis Management, said, “There is a high possibility that buses will affect traffic in Seoul in the process of entering and exiting. Rather, if it were Jeonju, the traffic impact would have been less.”

The government is also struggling to come up with an alternative. A government official said, “Currently, we have secured parking lots in seven districts around Sangam-dong. We plan to allocate zones for each vehicle and designate the traffic line for each zone to put vehicles in sequential order between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm,” he said.

There are concerns about safety accidents even with the stage currently being installed in preparation for closing ceremonies and concerts in the stadium. Kanun passed through Okinawa, Japan, and recorded the maximum instantaneous wind speed of 40 m/s. This is the force that can overturn a running train. Jeong Chang-sam, a professor at the Department of Smart Construction and Disaster Prevention at Indeok University, pointed out, “It is understandable that the situation is urgent, but from common sense, installing facilities now when a typhoon is coming is a matter of great concern.”

Minister of Public Administration and Security Lee Sang-min said in a briefing, “We will thoroughly take safety measures such as binding or covering up.”

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