The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 19, 2012
 

Photo gallery: In S. Korea’s “Exam Village” young voters yearn for change

 
 

SEOUL (REUTERS) - Living on US$2 (S$2.44) bowls of rice in rows of tiny rooms, thousands of young South Koreans are voting early ahead of Wednesday’s presidential election as they cram for exams that they hope will lead to a government job for life.

There are 30,000 residents of a drab neighbourhood of the South Korean capital known as Exam Village, where people preparing for tests for low-level civil service jobs have gravitated for years.

There is a growing sense of frustration among the young in a country where there are simply not enough jobs to go round, especially for graduates of less prestigious universities whose options are largely limited to the public sector.