Letter From Seoul

A season of rage for many South Korean women

Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving Day, may be a time of celebration in South Korea, but the days of toiling in the kitchen – as men relax – can trigger feelings of injustice among women

A traditional market in the South Korean city of Busan bustling with shoppers last Monday, ahead of Chuseok this coming Tuesday. The festival is usually marked by multi- generational families gathering across South Korea, but concern over the coronavirus pandemic may reduce the number of hometown visits this year.PHOTO: EPA–EFE

Chuseok, which falls on Tuesday this year, is a major traditional festival celebrated by multi-generational families gathering all over South Korea.

Yet a recent poll showed that only 19 per cent of respondents had plans to visit their home towns or travel during an extended five-day break starting yesterday, partly due to concern over the Covid-19 pandemic which is showing no signs of abating.

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