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How do Koreans spend 24 hours

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Do you know how do Koreans spend their 24 hours? Statistics Department’s Survey on Daily life of Koreans in 2004 shows how Korean people spend a day of 24 hours. Koreans have their own dynamic Korean culture, so what’s the different between their daily life and ours?

Here are the graph of average daily routine in Korea.

Daily routine activities

Koreans sleep 7 hours 49 minutes a day on average, eat for 1 hour 37 minutes and spend 1 hour 8 minutes for bathing and grooming. For Koreans over 10 years old get up at 6.53 am on weekdays and sleep at 11.38pm.

One out of six of Korean people skip breakfast. The breakfast hour is 7.44 am on weekdays, 8.29 am on Sundays and it takes 22 minutes on weekdays, 25 minutes on Sundays for breakfast. Men use 8 minutes less than women for grooming, on the other hand spend 5 minutes more for sleep and 4 minutes more for eating.

Obligatory activities

Koreans work 3 hours 26 minutes for earning money and use 1 hour 14 minutes for learning. Employed people over 20 years old spend 6 hours 49 minutes on weekdays solely for working. High school students use 10 hours 24 minutes (43% of a day) for studying and commuting.


Koreans have 5 hours 13 minutes of spare time, including

  • 2 hour 19 minutes for enjoying multimedia
  • 59 minutes for hobbies
  • 5 minutes for socializing with families and friends

Men have 22 more minutes leisure time which is used for computer games or internet, entertainment, smoking, etc. On the other hand, women spend their spare time meeting friends and relatives or for religious activities.

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