Days after more than 150 young people died

officials were still having trouble articulating what went wrong and who was to blame.

In South Korea, the K-pop group BTS performed for an audience of 55,000 people

and the police were prepared with 1,300 officers to ensure their safety

And no matter how small the scale of political demonstrations

the nation's police are renowned for carefully planning their response to prevent unruly crowds.

However, that did not occur on Saturday night as tens of thousands of raucous young Koreans

finally released from the pandemic's limitations

 poured into a district known for its nightlife to celebrate Halloween