2,500 buses, which is 1,000 more than Daegu city buses, were gathered at Shincheonji’s 100,000 Graduation Ceremony that was held on 20th Nov. 2022, in Daegu, South Korea. However, no single accident happened on that day. How was it possible?
Before the event, Shincheonji scheduled by time to gather and disperse crowds and rented around 2,500 buses that fit 45 people per bus. It’s about 1,000 buses more than 1,561 Daegu city buses.
Over 2,000 buses from all over the country are parked at parking lots that are an hour away after graduates got off. It was because the place didn’t have enough spaces to accommodate those buses and it might cause traffic jams around the place.
Shincheonji thoroughly planned for traffic safety by analyzing the volume of traffic and signal systems near the event location. They searched where to park and installed GPS on all buses that were used in the event and guided buses using the Shincheonji application.
Daegu Dalseong-gun official said in a Maeil Daily interview, “After Shincheonji searched where to park those buses, they informed their plan a month before the event. They planned to install GPS on all buses and won’t depart the second-party buses if the first party is jammed. (…) That way, the 2,500 buses won’t rush at the same time. The buses came in scheduled by time from 5:30 to 13:30 to the city.”
In the stadium where the graduation ceremony was held, Shincheonji systematically deployed safety guards.
Shincheonji official said, “We prioritized safety at all costs for the safety of the ceremony. (…) We formed a cooperative network with the regional government and checked preventive measures for COVID-19, safety, traffic, and maintenance of order several times before the event and ran a situation room with police, fire station, and safety managers of Daegu city and Suseong-gu office.”
They explained, “Shincheonji dispatched Shincheonji’s about 14,000 safety guards for the maintenance of order inside and outside of the place. We guided the participants to enter and exit the place in four hours to prevent crowding. (…) In case of an accident, about 180 medical experts and four ambulances were on standby. All safety guards were trained the emergency rescue training and all graduates watched the emergency rescue training video. We made a full effort for the safety of this graduation ceremony.”
Zion Christian Mission Academy, an affiliated bible education academy of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, held the Graduation Ceremony of the 113 Class on 20th Nov. 2022. 106,186 graduates graduated on that day, which makes the largest number of graduates among the seminaries in the world. For safety, Shincheonji limited offline participants to up to 80,000 and live broadcasted the ceremony via YouTube in nine languages. About 300,000 people participated in the event on that day.