South Korea: Amid the pneumonia epidemic, about 30,000 people still gathered at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, northeastern Seoul, to attend the wedding. Of these, 6,000 couples will be married, others witnessing or celebrating their marriage.
South Korea’s mass wedding attracts thousands despite virus fears. South Korean groom Lee Kwon-seok was excited to take part in thousands of other couples in the latest mass wedding performed by South Korea’s Unification Church on Friday, but Lee and his bride had to prepare masks amid the coronavirus outbreak. Lee wore a black mask and his wife wore a white one to match the outfit. “Since the coronavirus outbreak, I have often worn masks to protect myself” – the 35-year-old groom shared.
Mass wedding is a famous activity of the Unified Church. The event was held despite widespread pneumonia, killing 813 people and more than 37,500 cases worldwide (according to SCMP until the evening of February 9). South Korea alone has recorded 24 cases so far. Seoul has banned entry with foreigners from the Wuhan epidemic center.
This wedding is divided into two different parts: There are masks and no masks.
The Unified Church has prepared masks for about 30,000 people but not everyone is careful.
Nearly 6,000 people from more than 60 countries gathered to hold a mass wedding.
This is an annual event of the Unified Church since the 1960s.
Attendees of “super weddings” are tested for symptoms of coronavirus infection. On the other hand, Chinese couples do not participate in the wedding either.
Weddings with more than 30,000 people are held in a special context. Previously, many festivals and music performances were canceled in South Korea because of infection concerns.