According to my poll 33 people responded, which really isn't going to give out grandstanding statistical data. However, I thought I would share the results and my thoughts on the whole thing.
- Yes - Infrastructural = 16 votes or 48%
- Yes - Socially = 10 votes or 30%
- No - Infrastructural = 6 votes or 18%
- No - Socially = 12 votes or 36%
- Don't know = 6 votes or 18%
But not all citizens were happy about the event as some had to put up with inconveniences. Most mom and pop businesses around the main venue for the summit had to close their shops because of tight security.I don't live in that area but my boyfriend works nearby and told me since people were mostly taking the subway that driving was relatively easy.
At the same time, some office workers had to commute to work on public transportation, leaving their cars at home in order not to cause traffic congestion while delegations were on the move.
Socially, people said that Seoul wasn't quite ready. What did I mean by socially? It came down to how foreigners are treated and respected in Seoul and the whole country. Also it brought up how people act in public in extreme cases.
I realized, though, that this concern became moot since it was apparent that the people coming to the G20 were such high officials that they hardly walked around like pedestrians. Whether or not the reporters, spectators and protesters of the event were able to get a sense of Seoul in a social aspect is unknown.
What it also comes down to is that the G20 Summit was another way for the world to get a glimpse of the kimchi-nation. Maybe it sparked interest in some to find out more about Korea. Certainly this video showed some cultural aspects being presented during the summit. Or here...
In my opinion, Seoul was ready for the event and definitely made it safe for the visiting leaders.