Lotte World Mall: Are you really safe?
Story By: Angela Lee, Richie Kim Editor: Samuel Chung Web Designer: Andy Yoon
No one will disagree when one says that Lotte World Mall is a landmark of Seoul, South Korea. The tower stands as the most tallest building in all of Korea and the sixth in the entire world. Many people, not only South Koreans but also tourists pick Lotte World Mall as one of the places they have to visit in Seoul. However, people sometimes forget about the accidents that happened during and after the construction of the mall. The problem is that cracks were found in the structures of the building. Now the natural question was, “what was done about it?” What Lotte did was pretty shocking - they tried to make the issue smaller, erasing reports about the issue on the internet as well as merely painting over the cracks.
The real problem, however, existed in the aquarium. The aquarium, containing several aquatic creatures from all over the world, was found to be leaking. This is a serious problem, as Lotte did not do anything to stop this and the cracks got worse. Trying to pay back for their past mistakes, Lotte did do some work to cover up and stop the leaks. But how can people make sure that they are safe after Lotte’s hasty job of taking care of the issue?
Of course, at first when the Lotte World Mall news went viral, citizens were afraid to go to the mall. But we found out by interviewing people that they thought they are safe since a lot of time has passed after the last outbreak. However, while the scenario of a falling building could be a little far fetched, a tale of an aquarium leaking and flooding the building is not impossible to happen in reality. What should be done about this issue? The first step would be to tell the world the exact situation without sugar coating the truth and without any euphemism. The next step would be to take an immediate action rather than to keep painting over the cracks and claiming they are “designs”. The last step would be an apology to the citizens for making them feel uneasy and for hiding the bare truth. Until Lotte takes these necessary steps Lotte World Mall is just another step to another tragedy.