On Saturday evening, July 30th a Korean lady friend of mine who prefers to remain anonymous and I were almost attacked by an unidentified assailant on the outskirts of Sangcheon village in Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo City.
The time of the incident was sometime between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. We had parked our car in the village center, where there were several residents whose lights were still on at the time, and we had walked several hundred meters down an outbound road between cow pastures. There were no streetlights on this stretch of the road.
The only clear view I had of the assailant was at the onset of the encounter, and what I saw was a figure, small-statured for an adult, dressed all in black and wearing sneakers judging from the sound the footwear made on the asphalt as he/she sprinted for us with an intensity that was all the more unsettling given our isolation. We managed, however, to run back to the car together and escape.
I would like to submit this letter to the editor as a cautionary tale, not meant to inspire a general unease, but only to point out a specific danger during a specific circumstance at a specific place on the island.
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