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Evolving Chuseok customs Updated: 2014-09-07 18:14:46 KST

Chuseok has long been considered a family holiday, where relatives gather to feast, play folk games and pay tribute to ancestors in hopes of receiving a good harvest.
But a growing number of Koreans are seeing the holiday as an opportune time to relax and get away from the stresses of work.

"I used to spend a lot of time with my family when I was young, but now I enjoy other activities, like going on trips."

"I plan to watch movies with my daughters. I feel that more people are using the occasion as personal time."

And they're not the only ones.
A survey on 1-thousand Koreans by market researcher Trend Monitor last year, showed nearly 50-percent of respondents saw Chuseok as a mere break from the daily grind, up from 38-percent in 2011.

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"The changes in perception on the holiday has given birth to the term 'Chucance,' which combines Chuseok and the French word for vacation 'vacance.' More people are opting for leisurely getaways."

About 200-thousand people are expected to fly out of Incheon during the extended five-day holiday, up more than double in the last three years.

And for those staying local, many are looking to go out and experience holiday themed events rather than heading home.

"I came to Seoul from Daejeon for Chuseok with my boyfriend. There are lots of special events here and I'm having fun."

Hotel getaways have also become another popular choice for those who just want to get some R&R.

"We are offering special Chuseok deals. With the extended holiday, we expect more people to enjoy the packages compared to last year."

However, some have voiced concerns that traditional customs are being lost in these changing holiday trends raising the need for more programs to preserve cultural heritage.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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