By Anna Park
It has been over two weeks since MERS landed in South Korea, and an unusual quiet has descended on our town in Gyeonggi-do, the province which encircles Seoul.
In this area popular with young families looking for a less urban lifestyle and (slightly) cleaner air, there is the strange sense that the summer holiday has come early.
Located not far from a number of the hospitals where MERS has been found, many of the schools in the vicinity have closed, along with the numerous academies (hagwon) which densely populate this town.
Gone are the hundreds of yellow shuttle buses which usually transport the local children to and from taekwondo, English, music and every other subject imaginable; instead small gangs of kids can be seen wandering the streets eating ice-cream or kicking a soccer ball around otherwise deserted school playing fields. Read more