In Seoul, basement apartments seen in ‘Parasite’ will disappear

Anthony Wallace / Agence France-Presse Residents of Seoul clean their basement apartment after floods on August 11, 2022.

Anthony Wallace / Agence France-Presse

Residents of Seoul clean their basement apartment after floods on August 11, 2022.

SOUTH KOREA – Panjiha, these tiny basement dwellings scattered across Seoul, will soon be gone. The authorities made the decision This Tuesday August 9th To keep these dangerous and dangerous dwellings away after three people drowned in one of them.

Heavy rains in South Korea have left two sisters in their forties, and a 13-year-old boy identified as the daughter of one of them. The three died on Monday, August 8, during a torrential rain that Seoul experienced 115 years ago.

The movie is famous for these apartments parasite Bong Joon Ho, winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, and the Best Picture Oscar in 2020. In the feature film, the main characters, all part of a poor and unemployed family, live in one of these apartments.

Housing codes for inequality in South Korea

Often occupied by a population with few resources, it symbolizes the growing inequality in South Korea. These record rains, in addition, proved to endanger tenants.

Victims living in the Guanac neighborhood called for help and tried to escape.” But the water filled the room in seconds A neighbor told Yonhap News Agency. Their bodies were found lifeless after the firefighters finished drying the apartment.

South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol visited the site of the tragedy and apologized to the residents there. From now on, the city of Seoul will not grant building permits for these housing, and the housing that already exists will be transferred to other functions. With time.

Impressive images of bad weather spread on social media, showing flooded streets and metro stations. The rain led to a power outage and the evacuation of many residents.

Eleven people were killed during the torrential rains, and eight others are missing.

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