TIL South Koreans hay 3 ways to measure age. In the traditional social method, a baby is considered 1 year old at birth, then 2 years old on January 1 regardless of birth date. A baby born on December 30 would be considered 2 years old only 2 days after it’s birth.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-61117434

What do you think?

12 Points
Upvote Downvote


Leave a Reply
  1. It can create problems at school. Worked at a school there and when enrolling, some parents would put their child’s Korean age and other not. This meant you might have 2 years difference in ages between students in a grade so some students were not ready, at all, for the grade level they were in.

  2. I just watched a YT video where someone said, “I’m 30 in Korean age” and I thought it must have been mis-subtitled. How fortuitous to see this post an hour later!

  3. I used to argue with my Korean students about this all the time as they’d all claim (on medical/insurance forms) to be 1-2 years older than we consider them

  4. This is unfortunately a rather large misnomer, as someone with Korean family members themselves, only one of the methods is used: a baby is considered 1 year old at birth, due to the several months from conception. From then on, the birthday is used as normal so it’s just their age + 1. Not entirely sure where bbc got their info from and even if it was true these other systems are sparingly used if ever nowadays.

Leave a Reply