Koreans are somewhat immersed in the fountain of youth after the country abolished the strange age regulation.
Today, residents will shave a year or two after the country’s traditional method of counting due dates was phased out.
The Government Legal Department announced that the amendments to the Basic Administration Act and the Civil Act, passed in December, will come into effect from Wednesday.
That means the country will scrap the original system, which calculates age based on a person’s year of birth, not their date of birth.
Citizens were previously considered one year old at birth and they only age on January 1 of each year.
A baby born on New Year Eve would be classified as two years old when the clock struck midnight, despite being in the world for only a few hours.
But the barmy method has now been phased out in favor of a standardized and internationally recognized counting system.
It means Korea Now children will be one year old after their first birthday – and adults can take a few years back.
The rule change means that every resident will be a year or two younger, depending on when their birthday is.
Therefore mentality now technically boasts three ages – 45, 46 and 47 – the globally recognized age, the Korean “calendar age” and his age according to the country’s previously confusing method .
Many people have expressed joy at being able to reverse their age and see it as an opportunity to reminisce about their “lost” years.
Choi Hyun-ji, a 27-year-old office worker in Seoul, told AFP: “I’m turning 30 next year, but now I have more time to earn and I love it. It’s nice to feel that way. I feel young again.”
Housewife Lee Jung-hee also talked about her excitement at being able to avoid the 60th birthday she will celebrate next year.
She confided: “It feels great. For people like me, who are supposed to turn 60 next year, it makes you feel young.”
Student Yoon Jae-ha added that he is happy with his “reduced age”.
“I prefer younger because then my mother will take care of me longer,” he said.
The new rules will apply to lawformal contracts and documents – although some sectors will continue to use traditional methods.
Korea’s complex aging process has been criticized in recent years for its ambiguity and conflicts with global customs.
It has even opened the door to legal disputes, as some have claimed they have lost cash while retirement too early.
Employees’ wages are gradually reduced as they approach old age under Korea’s highest salary system.
“We hope the legal disputes, complaints and social confusion caused by the age calculation will be significantly reduced,” Government Legal Minister Lee Wan-kyu said at a press conference today. Monday.
It leaves many residents uncertain about what is considered safe for them.
Korean legal and medical documents have followed the international standard for calculating age since the early 1960s.
But many continue to follow the traditional method of measuring maturity throughout their daily lives.
Most citizens are simply used to living with two different ages.
As a result, the nation’s reputation suffered, as the system was deemed outdated and problematic.
President Yoon Suk Yeol has previously criticized the system as draining resources.
Lee Wan-kyu said of the rule change: “The revision makes sense in that the use of the international age system has now become a clear rule.
“This is one of the big campaign promises that President Yoon Suk Yeol pursues to reduce social and administrative chaos.”
“The uniform use of the international age system will reduce unnecessary social disputes caused by the mixed use of age systems.
“The department will work closely with relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Interior and Safety as well as local authorities, to strengthen educational and promotional activities in order to establish a culture of using international age system in people’s everyday lives. live at the earliest possible time.”
He explained that any exceptions to the rule will be kept as it is “more manageable”.