Crowds at the Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul. Photo: Shutterstock
Crowds at the Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul. Photo: Shutterstock
South Korea

The meaning of life? In most places it’s family. In South Korea, it’s money: it’s official

  • A survey by the Pew Research Centre found ‘family’ to be the top source of meaning in most societies. Except in South Korea, where it’s ‘material well-being’
  • Decades-old family planning policies, rocketing house prices and an overworked, hyper-competitive environment are all to blame, experts say

Topic |   South Korea
Crowds at the Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul. Photo: Shutterstock
Crowds at the Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul. Photo: Shutterstock
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