On the heels of the articles about low productivity for Korean workers, they also apparently work the longest hours (there has to be some way to get them up to the 11th largest economy if it isn't productivity, right?)
Check out this article
"South Korea, where the average employee works 2,357 hours per year--that's six-and-a-half hours for every single day of their life. According to a 2008 ranking by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, South Koreans work the longest hours per year, on average, out of every other OECD member."
Talking about people taking on average 3 days of vacation a year. Can you imagine? It has been described that Korea is still a developing country. While perhaps not from an economic perspective, it is only 30-40 years removed from the average per capita income being $80 a year, that's right, $80!