Korean Leisure

From Tradition to Modernity

Edited by: Erwei Dong, Jouyeon Yi-Kook

This book is a detailed examination of the leisure lifestyle in South Korea. With a history that spans nearly five thousand years, traditional Korean festivals and holidays were times when leisure was enjoyed most. Being in close proximity with China, Korea was influenced by its larger neighbor in language, art, religion, and architecture. The modernization process has transformed South Korea into a new economic power where workers have witnessed a continuous increase in income and expenditure. With more spending power and legislation enacted for shorter work weeks, the leisure domain has also been transformed. Popular leisure is now adopted into the lifestyles of many South Koreans. The consciousness of people towards healthy and constructive leisure activities is evident in the way people conduct their lives. The electronic and communication revolutions have caused an exponential increase in the leisure repertoire of individuals across the lifespan. The world has witnessed how South Korea has been able to organize professional and international sports and cultural events in outstanding ways. Comparisons of leisure participation with advanced societies show that South Korean levels are as good as any with the propensity to maintain local culture and to adapt to global influences.

312 pages

Publication Date: 12/31/2010
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788131603758

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