Watch your step, Seoul wants you walking right - INSIDE JoongAng Daily
“Signs encouraging people to walk on the right on escalators and moving walkways in the capital’s subway system will displayed as part of a City Hall campaign starting on Oct. 1.”
“The move follows a plan put forward by the central government in April to revise laws related to pedestrian traffic.
The 88-year-old law requires pedestrians in Korea to walk on the left, but the government wants to change the custom in line with international practice.
According to data provided by Ministry of Land, 88.3 percent of Koreans are right-handed and 73 percent prefer to walk on the right, saying keeping to the left goes against natural human instinct.”
This is quite interesting. You see if you lived in Seoul you would have seen that many people follow NO rules for walking. Some automatically pass to the LEFT, rather than the RIGHT. Because some Koreans pass right you often see two people walk
Confucius put it like this, “water flows around, under, over a rock in the stream”. Korean people are REALLY going to get confused with THIS new policy.
“To help pedestrians to get accustomed to the new system, the city government said it will not initiate wholesale changes at first. Less crowded subway stations will be dealt with first, from the middle of September. Under the plan, the city government will also change signs leading to ticket gates in subway stations to accommodate walkers on the right.
And direction lines that lead commuters to catch subway transfers will also be changed. To reduce confusion, helpers will be on hand near escalators and moving walkways, according to city officials.
There will also be broadcasts and banners hammering home the message for anyone who fails to comply.”
This reminds me of several times when some work was being done on the subway “moving walkways”. They reversed the direction for some reason and the number of people who tried to get on their usual LEFT side walkway was just too funny. I had to yell in Korean “Ani!! Orinjok (No, right side)” or they would have hurt themselves. There is no ‘rule’ in the subways now. Half of the subways have escalators both running UP, then the crowd flows up the center stairs making it almost impossible for anyone to come DOWN.
They changed the ‘rule’ for escalators just this year. Until then you were supposed to stand on the Right side going up or down in order for FAST MOVERS to walk quickly up or down. However, there were several cases where someone stumbled and crashed because they tripped SO, NOW they ‘rule’ is that people should NOT WALK but just STAND on BOTH SIDES. Problem is that there are some who WANT to hurry and they are cursing or AiiGooing people who are blocking their way on the left. Everyday I see problems as RULES CHANGE but not the HABITS of people.
The Korean War Baby has a new cell phone with a better video and photo functions. Stay tuned for the coming ‘subway follies’.
UPDATE: It has BEGUN, CHAOS!!!