Busan Students Apprehensive Of New “Container Building” School

An elementary school in Busan has constructed a school building out of stackable containers. Each unit is a gray ready-made box that is stacked one on top of another in rows and columns. Beginning in March, 700 students will begin attending classes in this building. This is a temporary building that will house the students while their permanent school building is being constructed. However, parents and students are expressing concern over the safety of the building, as there are gaps between the containers, where they don’t fit seamlessly next to each other, the stairs are outside the building, and it doesn’t seem sturdy enough to withstand a typhoon or earthquake.

Article from JTBC:

“How Could They Permit This Kind of School…”Apprehension Over Three-Story Container Building School


A three-story school made out of stacking containers. This is not the story of an underdeveloped nation. This will be used by a 700 person Busan elementary school beginning from March. Students and parents are worried about it.

Reporter Gu Seok-chan has more.


A heavy-duty trucks brings containers and narrowly slots them into spaces.

This is a temporary 3-story building that will stand in for the existing school building that is being constructed.

Beginning next month, 750 elementary school and preschool students will begin classes in these temporary classrooms made from 181 containers pieced together.

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The stairs are exposed to the outside, and there are gaps here and there between the walls of the containers.

Student: It’s scary. I’m afraid I’ll get hurt because it shakes, and isn’t stable.

There are also people who are worried about safety incidents that would arise from natural disasters such as heavy rain and heat waves.

Parent: I wonder why the Education Office permitted this, and want to transfer my child to a different school.

As you can see, because of construction, the sports field has been converted into a storage yard.

There is no place for the kids to play.

Normal gym activities are also not possible in this situation. The school declined to comment.

School representative: Hey, why are you recording in here?

The Education Office believes there will be no problems with the construction of temporary building if they follow the rules.

Busan City Education Office: Excluding summer and winter vacation, I don’t think one year’s time is a long time for the students.

There is concern that accidents will occur due to carelessness on the part of the education office authorities.

Comments from Naver:


They permitted this????Are they crazy??? Once it collapses, they should take a step back and reconsider their actions.


They’re going to have classes in this building??? The building would fall apart if it was hit by a typhoon. W.o.w. Fucking Education Office.


The idiot who came up with this idea is incredible and the idiots who agreed to it are also incredible.


Among the elementary and middle schools that have been closed because of the sudden drop in students in Busan, there are buildings that are satisfactory. Wouldn’t be better to have temporary school buses take students to the building?


What an incredible country…


Education office officials, try staying in that building~ If you exclude the summer and winter semesters, one year will not seem like a long time~


This is a temporary building that will only be used for 1 year, so it’s okay..Then is the Busan City Education Office saying that it will try moving into this building for one year?


This is not carelessness…It’s ignorance! How can a department in charge of education be so ignorant?!


Not more than 10 years ago, dozens of preschool children died in a fire in a container building. They completely forgot about this incident. What will they do in case of a fire, are they f*king idiots? If an accident happens, who will take responsibility? The vice principal? the principal? the education office? the city? the province? No one will take responsibility. These useless fuckers.


Looking at South Korea’s education department…is this possible…this doesn’t make sense…this is something that’s possible in a country where the citizens make an annual income of $500 a year…

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  • Wangkon the fat.

    Its all Japans fault, they build these shit things and sell to noble, wonder Koreans the victims always the victims, nothing is ever our fault its the Japs!!!

    • gobacktojapancrush

      piss off weeaboo

    • bumfromkorea

      Well, that was pretty pathetic.

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    • John Smith

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  • 금정산

    “This is not the story of an underdeveloped nation.”

    By what standards?


  • Aroha Taana

    Wow why does the local government fail to think about safety measures; we have potentialy another Sewol disaster just waiting happen. What is the local reseouce consent or health and safety laws in Busan?

  • Ken Morgan

    Back in the 80s and 90s the UK built schools out of large portacabins like this they’d stack them 2 high put a blackboard in and that was a school.

    • Markus P

      The UK does not have much risk of earthquakes and typhoons.

  • Evan

    These temporary buildings look sketchy but they’re not that bad. The military had us live and work in buildings like this the last time I was overseas. Once they put siding and walls up, you can’t really tell.

  • commander

    Although for a moment putting aside safety of materials with which the school is being construction, one question is whether the school is permitted to open and take in pupils before it finishes the construction work.

    In my view, parental anxiety about possible safety incidents is legitimate. Children could fall within the premises of the school which will be slippery on a rainy day.

    In another example, children could hit, bruise, scrape their bodies against building materials running around in the school’s compound.

    Even if there is any urgency with which the school opens before completing construction, the problem is that the school or an education office in the region appears to fail to seek understanding from parents about construction being underway and encourage their children to be careful of possible safety incidents.

    Of course such an notification should contain a reassurance to the parents that all the school faculty and staffers should do their utmost to take good care of children when they are in school, please rest assured on that.

    Without any actions that are mentioned, this is a big failure for the school and the responsible education office.

  • Balkan

    “Looking at South Korea’s education department…is this possible…this doesn’t make sense…this is something that’s possible in a country where the citizens make an annual income of $500 a year…” What does this even mean? Korean average living standard is much higher.

    • emmo

      they’re just saying this should not be happening in South Korea.. That this is something heard of in underdeveloped countries..

  • Morgane

    Actually we have a student dormitory in my city (Le Havre, France) made of containers. It s very safe and the purpose was to recycle these containers. Elsewise they would have been dumped somewhere in the sea or in the wild. If built properly, there is nothing dangerous about these buildings. This concept actually started in developped countries and the purpose is to build a safer future for our children by preserving the environment.
    I think this is a very good idea for a temporary school ! It is eco-friendly, and in the mean time, kids can stay with their friends and their teachers instead of being sent in different school around. And as I said before, this is a very safe structure there was never any accident reported in this kind of construction.

    • 안토니

      Eco-friendly… except the heavy use of air conditioners in Korea.
      Even when, for a French, it’s not that hot, they put air conditioners at full power (and we end up frozen).
      But I agree for the safety, if well made, a building made of containers is as safe as others.

      • Maybe Rabies

        I didn’t even know they used the air conditioners there. I was always super hot in some of the Cafe/Stores there. Maybe it was just me.

  • Maybe Rabies

    I had to stay in something like this when I was in basic training. It was actually pretty nice and cozy (or maybe I was so exhausted I didn’t care where I rested). But the stairs were not made of wood but metal.

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