South Koreans become a year or two younger as traditional way of counting age scrapped

South Koreans become a year or two younger as traditional way of counting age scrapped

South Koreans experienced a change in their age calculation on Wednesday, as new laws requiring the use of the international method of counting age came into effect. This replaced the country’s traditional method, which added a year to a person’s age every January 1st.

Although South Korea has been using the international norm of calculating age from zero at birth and adding a year on every birthday for medical and legal documents since the early 1960s, many people continued to use the traditional method in their everyday life.

In December, South Korea passed laws to eliminate the traditional method and fully adopt the international standard. The Minister of Government Legislation, Lee Wan-kyu, stated that this change is expected to greatly reduce legal disputes, complaints, and social confusion related to age calculation.

According to a government survey conducted in September 2022, 86% of South Koreans expressed their intention to use the international age in their everyday life once the new laws took effect. This indicates a widespread acceptance of the change.

Choi Hyun-ji, a 27-year-old office worker in Seoul, shared her positive experience with the new age calculation, stating that she was about to turn 30 next year under the traditional Korean age system, but now feels like she has gained some extra time.

Another age system still exists in South Korea for conscription, school entrance, and determining the legal age for drinking alcohol and smoking. This system calculates a person’s age from zero at birth and adds a year on January 1st. Officials have clarified that this method will remain in place for the time being.

In conclusion, the implementation of the international method of counting age in South Korea has been met with widespread acceptance and is expected to reduce confusion and disputes related to age calculation. While the traditional method will still be used for certain purposes, the overall shift towards the international standard is seen as a positive change.

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