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  • Cole Yoon


Imagine waking up a whole year younger.

With the election of Yoon Seok Yeol in Korea's presidential election, attention is focused on whether the candidate's promise of terminating the Korean age will come to fruition.

President-elect Yoon Seok Yeol pledged during his campaign to unify the legal age calculation method by using the global age rather than the Korean age calculation that is widely used in Korean society.

As a result, all citizens are expected to be up to two years younger under the Yoon Seok Yeol administration.

The Korean age is the standard age used in Korea and adds one year to your age each year. For instance, a person born in December 1992 would be 31 years old this year, as the new year has begun regardless if their birthday has passed. 

As a result, some individuals are actually two years younger if their birth date is calculated using the Gregorian calendar. 

However, this disparate method of age calculation has previously caused considerable discord in South Korea. As a result, Yoon Seok Yeol promised to standardize the legal age calculation method in order to avoid further confusion. Many are wondering now that he has been elected president whether he will carry out this change during his administration.

Netizens reacted:

"Hurry up and change it!"

"I wish they do it quick, it may cause confusion at first but Korea is already such a sensitive country when it comes to age, I think it'll be a good thing to get younger as a whole"

"Aging two years automatically if you are born in November or December is crazy"

It's so weird if you think about it, you are born and already can be two years old, it's confusing for people abroad as well"


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