Traditional market in Daegu reopens 3 months after massive fire

Michelle Cho, March 3, 2017, 9:32 a.m.

DAEGU, March 3 (Yonhap) -- A traditional market in South Korea's southeastern city of Daegu reopened on Friday more than three months after a fire destroyed the country's one of the oldest traditional spots.

Seomun Market, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, was flooded with visitors for the first time since the massive blaze engulfed 840 shops and injured two firefighters on Nov. 30.

Among the visitors were Kim Kwan-yong, governor of North Kyeongsang Province, and 500 officials from the provincial government.

Following the massive fire, the government rolled out a set of measures to support the merchants, as most of them were not ensured, as they were reluctant to pay premiums amid a protracted economic slowdown.

Also, the government promised to monitor traditional markets which are more susceptible to fire.

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