The sinking of the MV Sewol (세월호 침몰 사고) occurred on April 16th 2014 en route to Jeju from Incheon. At this point 278 people have died and 29 people are missing from this tragedy. One of the reasons why this situation is so heartbreaking is because majority of those on the ferry were high school students from Danwon High School, from Asan.
All over Korea, people are tying yellow ribbons with messages at public, temporary memorials for victims. Candlelight vigils and public demonstrations to impeach President Park Geun-hye are a regular occurrence these days. Events (e.g. festivals, music concerts, and individual school celebrations such as Sports’ Day) are still being canceled out of respect for the victims, which is both touching and annoying.