The laughter and lively spirit that once filled this area has been replaced with silence and sorrow.
A candlelight rally, hosted by Danwon high school, took place at Hwarang park in Ansan on Saturday, where people united in one thought. hopes of finding the survivors safe and sound.
The event was scheduled to start at 8 p.m., but mourners arrived even earlier than expected, with more people joining the rally as the time went by.
It followed a similar event Friday at Danwon high school, with students and parents sending condolences to the victims and praying for the safe return of the missing.
Meanwhile, the news of their candlelight spread, with people from cities all over the nation passing on their thoughts and prayers through other vigils.
Over in Busan, Buddhist monks held a candlelight vigil ahead of the opening of the Lotus Lantern Festival in Yongdusan Park.
Most spring festivals which were due kick off in April and May have been canceled or postponed out of respect for the victims of the sunken vessel.
Everyone in Korea continues to hold out hope for any sign of good news, for any sign that more survivors will be found.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.