Nearly 50% of Elderly Want Cremation After Death

  • Arirang News

    September 30, 2014 10:54

    A growing number of elderly Koreans appear to be breaking away from long-held beliefs about marriage, divorce and death.

    A report by Statistics Korea showed that about 47 percent of those aged between 50 and 64 said they want to be cremated after death. That's nearly three times higher than the percentage of people who prefer to be buried -- which used to be the norm.

    The age group, which includes the baby boomer generation, was also more progressive about marriage and divorce. More than 26 percent said that marriage was not a must, about 10 percentage points higher than those aged 65 and above.

    Nearly 42 percent of those aged between 50 and 64 were also open to the idea of divorce, which is in contrast to 75 percent of their elders who said divorce was out of the question.

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