South Korea changing country's age-counting system

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Seoul) -- South Koreans are about to become a whole year younger.

On Thursday, a new set of bills was passed requiring the country to change to the international age-counting system, where age is based on birth date.

Currently, most of South Korea abides by the "Korean Age" system, where a person is one-year-old as soon as they are born and everyone gains one year on New Year's Day. This means babies born on December 31st would be considered two-years-old the next day.

More than 80-percent of citizens support the upcoming change, which will go into effect this June.