In the four years she has been working in ‘South Korea Town’, Hanoi’s My Dinh area, Nguyen Phuong Anh has never seen the place so desolate. It is almost midday and she is seated on a plastic stool in the area famous for South Korean shops and restaurants. ”In the past, whether in summer or winter, going back and forth to find a parking slot would exhaust me,” the city transportation department employee says. The two-kilometer street would usually be packed with cars parked in front of the restaurants, she says. Now, she hardly has to leave her seat to help anyone park. Earlier this month, when the Covid-19 epidemic began in Vietnam, the number of people eating at the Korean eateries began to shrink. Now the street has gone quiet, as South Korea is making international headlines as one of the countries worst hit by the epidemic. A few taxis and motorbikes drop off their passengers and leave. Not far from where Anh sits, a Korean owner rushes into her restaurant, telling her staff to buy alcohol and sanitize tables, chairs and doorknobs. But business at the restaurant with around 20 tables is at its “slowest ever.” “It decreased by… Read full this story
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