The Sewol Ferry Disaster is one of the most well-known disasters in South Korea. Sewol Ferry capsized en route to Jeju Island in April 2014. The events surrounding the disaster were highly criticized and sparked nationwide outrage and protests throughout South Korea. The following is a complete look at my personal photography journal detailing events related to the Sewol Ferry Disaster.
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My Complete Photo Archive of the Sewol Ferry Disaster:
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The Sewol Ferry Disaster is one of the most well-known disasters in South Korea. Sewol Ferry capsized en route to Jeju Island in April 2014. The captain and crew fled for safety leaving hundreds of people, including many high school students and teachers, on board and instructing them to remain in their cabins. The owner of the ferry wasn’t following proper safety protocols and the ferry was extremely overweight. This and the handling of search and rescue was highly criticized and sparked nationwide outrage and protests. The events of the Sewol disaster eventually spiraled into investigations and allegations against President Park Geun-Hye, who was impeached and imprisoned for abuse of power and bribery, among other charges.
I have no position in any of the political affairs, however, at this time in mid-September, the protests that resulted were still ongoing. Gwanghwamun is a major area for political protests, perhaps because of its proximity to the Presidential house and other governmental buildings. Finding myself in the square, I simply documented some of what I found there.