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South Korea set to scrap ‘Korean age’ system

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  • During a press conference on Monday, South Korean President-Elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s transition committee announced that the administration would amend laws to switch the country to the international age system.
  • South Korea remains one of the only countries to use “age reckoning,” in which a person’s age is measured starting from conception rather than birth. This means a person is born 1 year old and becomes a year older every Lunar New Year.
  • The practice originates from China, based on the idea that life starts well before birth.
  • There have been two previous attempts – one in 2019 and another in 2021 – by South Korean lawmakers to make the change.

South Korean President-Elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s transition committee announced on Monday during a press conference that the administration would amend laws to switch the country to the international age system.

South Korea remains one of the only countries to use “age reckoning” as a means of measuring a person’s age. The traditional East Asian practice, in which a person’s age starts from conception rather than birth, calculates age by year rather than by date. According to this method, a person is born 1 year old at birth and becomes a year older every Lunar New Year.