Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Thursday, December 6, 2012


This support available to club leaders only
One thing any waeg should consider when entering a Korean workplace for the longer term is to join the Member Support Group, or 상조회.

For a nominal fee of usually 10000 won a month, the good worker has the opportunity to not only join in club activities, such as dinners and trips, but can also participate in the Death LotteryTM.

Essentially, if a member of your family dies, the Member Support Group pays out an amount relative to how close the family member was to you.  Recently, Mr. Nam in accounting saw his mother in law pass, and received the tidy sum of 2 million won.

There was much envy around the water cooler that day, let me tell you!

The hope is that you collect cash off the deaths of as many family members as possible before you yourself are put into the ground, are forced to retire, are laid off, or otherwise 'terminated'.

The club also saves the company money, as dinners and what not twice a year are paid for by the workers through the club, thus saving the company the added expense of paying for the event.


All I know is I am looking forward to the Christmas dinner: this year the prizes for embarrassing yourself by singing old Korean trot music in front of all your coworkers not only include the usual bottles of expensive whiskey, which are required to ensure that everyone gets messy and bonds well, but also a 42'' TV.

I can hardly wait.

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