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SOUTHKOREA-PRISONSTAY/
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November 23, 2018
For most people, prison is a place to escape from. For South Koreans in need of a break from the demands...
HONGCHEON, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Koreans lock themselves up to escape prison of daily life
For most people, prison is a place to escape from. For South Koreans in need of a break from the demands of everyday life, a day or two in a faux jail is the escape. Since 2013, the "Prison Inside Me" facility in northeast Hongcheon has hosted more than 2,000 inmates, many of them stressed office workers and students seeking relief from South Korea's demanding work and academic culture. Prison rules are strict. No talking with other inmates. No mobile phones or clocks. Clients get a blue prison uniform, a yoga mat, tea set, a pen and notebook. They sleep on the floor. There is a small toilet inside the room, but no mirror. South Koreans worked 2,024 hours on average in 2017, the third longest after Mexico and Costa Rica, in a survey of 36 member countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "PRISON RETREAT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: SOUTHKOREA-PRISONSTAY/
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