How Old Are You? Just a Bit Older in Korea

How Old Are You? Just a Bit Older in Korea

October 31, 20113587Views

Here in Korea a baby’s age is one year old at birth and then he or she turns two with the new year. Thus you could be born on December 28 and in less than a week you’d be two years old. That puts most foreigners in a weird position of answering age questions (which are part of almost any introductory conversation) differently about how old they are. Koreans will add years to your life which hits some with the odd feeling of being older when they don’t want to be (especially females). But it’s nothing personal.

Jen Lee is a Gyopo (교포) who likes to draw and also has an unhealthy obsession with green tea.

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