February 05, 2016 13:05
A growing number of young Koreans are avoiding family gatherings over the Lunar New Year to escape being grilled about their lives.
One good excuse is to get a part-time job during the holidays. Part-time job portal Alba polled 1,267 members on Monday and found that 50.4 percent plan to work part-time during the holidays. Some 10.3 percent of them admitted they want to avoid talking with relatives about their job or academic achievements.
One 29-year-old who lives in Gwangju said he will work part-time at a supermarket during the holidays. "I failed a job interview last year and can't face my family. Rather than get stressed out, I prefer not to see them."
Many are also ducking out of family gatherings, because they are tired of being asked about their marriage plans.
Another popular escape is overseas. The Korea Transport Institute forecasts 106,000 Koreans will travel overseas every day during the five-day holidays, up 18 percent compared to last year.
There is even a shelter for those who refuse to face the music. Foreign language institute Pagoda Academy said it will open classrooms at eight of its nationwide branches during the holidays, and around 600 students had signed up as of Tuesday.
The academy expects over 1,000 people will use the facility.
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