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Complex Korean age system



Age of Kim Eun Song who was born in January, 1991


Social age: 30
– She went to school with those born in 1990 because early birthdays (January~March) enter school a year earlier


Korean age: 29
– 1-year-old as soon as you’re born, you age every new year


Yearly age: 28
– Year she was born~current year


Legal (international) age: 27 (assuming that her birthday hasn’t passed yet this year)
– Born with the age of 0, you age on your birthday





Pann: Something that only exists in Korea in the world


1. [+126, -2] Let’s use the legal age. I want to be younger…


2. [+126, -2] I thought they were changing the age system this year? Why are they so quiet?


3. [+94, -3] Why is our country the only one doing this? I don’t get it.


4. [+62, -0] Our country is the only one where a baby born on December 31 will be two-years-old in just two days. So stupid.


5. [+35, -0] If we were to use the legal age, we have to get rid of the titles of hyung/noona/unnie/oppa, we have to call them by (name)-ssi only ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Imagine a legal 26-year-old and a 25-year-old agreeing on how to address each other, and then the 25-year-old’s birthday passes and they become the same age. Then what?


6. [+32, -0] Our country can never use the legal age because of the titles like unnie/oppa ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Even if they’re born in the same year, they’ll have to consider their birthdays ㅋㅋㅋ


7. [+29, -2] I didn’t realize how serious the age system was until I heard that Bentley was 3-years-old at 15 months.


8. [+22, -0] Can we please switch to the legal age?

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