A vendor in Pocheon-si, South Korea. Temperatures have reached 39.6 degrees Celsius during the heatwave. Photo: Xinhua

If Korea is so hi-tech, what’s with the lack of air conditioning in a heatwave?

In a country where nearly everyone owns a smartphone and digital literacy ranks among the world’s highest, life is miserable for the most vulnerable

Topic |   South Korea

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A vendor in Pocheon-si, South Korea. Temperatures have reached 39.6 degrees Celsius during the heatwave. Photo: Xinhua
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Crystal Tai

Crystal Tai

Crystal covers business trends and cultural criticism, with a special focus on Northeast Asia, for the Asia desk. Before joining the SCMP, she contributed to Quartz, i-D Magazine, Monocle, Wallpaper, Lonely Planet and other publications. Her broadcast commentary has been featured on BBC Radio, CGTN and other media.