According to Reuters, the Korean economy is doing so well that people can afford to let their guard down, do some spending and increase their leisure time.

97 percent of those willing to work have a job, the economy is growing nearly 5 percent each year and exports by more than 10 percent. But judging by their increasing reluctance to spend, many South Koreans actually fell worse off than they did during Asia’s financial crisis in the late 1990s