In Seoul Subway, Music and Platitudes Combat Suicide

Between the roar of incoming trains, the soothing strains of Beethoven’s Fur Elise or Ben E. King’s Stand By Me float across the platforms of Seoul’s labyrinthian subway network. The music fades and a preacher-like male voice intones: “Dear passengers, let’s think again about the parents and sisters and brothers we love and the preciousness
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