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A Vibrant Seoul Refuge Goes Quiet After Deadly Crowd Crush

Seo Hyuk-jun, 36, knelt in front of the white chrysanthemums as he placed a lit cigarette, incense and a paper cup filled with Jack Daniel’s on the floor. He stood, knelt and bowed twice and performed a traditional Korean ritual for the dead.

Day after day, such tributes arrived at the makeshift monument in Itaewon, one of Seoul’s most popular districts. Young South Koreans used to come here for its diversity and vibrant nightlife. They called it “Itaewon Freedom.”

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