SUWON, Aug. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – The city government of Suwon, Gyeonggi Province has installed large cubes of ice at 14 bus stops across the city in an effort to help citizens cool down.
Two ice cubes, each weighing 30 kilograms, are delivered by ice makers and installed in front of each bench at designated bus stops at noon every day.
Citizens suffering in the sweltering heat stare at the ice cubes in fascination while others try to cool down by touching them.
The ice starts to melt slowly over a period of three to four hours from noon, when the heat is the most intense. On a trial basis, the city has provided 14 bus stops used by more than 500 people daily with the ice cubes.
If public response to the ice cubes remains positive after a 10-day trial, the city plans to extend the program.
A city government official in Suwon said that the ice helps people cool off by lowering the temperature in the vicinity and promised that the local government will continue to do its best to help the public cope with the scorching heat.
M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)