Drive-through trend sweeps across multiple sectors

Drive-through trend sweeps across multiple sectors


Mar. 28, 2020

Global Korean Post


By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Jihae

The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has seen Korea’s drive-through screening clinic system being adopted in countries such as the U.S., Japan and Germany.

Because social distancing is crucial to stemming COVID-19, the drive-through system is also being adopted by the distribution and other sectors in Korea.

For example, a drive-through system is being used to sell hoe (raw fish) in Pohang, Gyeongsandbuk-do Province. Vendors pre-arrange gochujang (spicy red pepper paste), vegetables for ssam (the culinary practice of wrapping food in lettuce) and hoe and sell them to buyers who never leave their vehicles.

The system is a hit with consumers.

Strawberries in Gochang-gun County, Jeollabuk-do Province, flowers and flowerpots in Daejeon and milk in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, are also being sold via drive-through to a positive response.

The beginning of the school year has been delayed three times, the latest setting a start date of to April 6, and textbooks have also been distributed through a drive-through method.

Below are photos showing how the drive-through system has been adopted by Korean society.