The South Korean government last year imposed a 52-hour limit on the workweek for bigger companies, and data shows Koreans now work 13-and-a-half minutes less a day, or nearly 70 minutes less a week
That's time they're using for recreation.
The labor ministry analysed phone and credit card records and found that there was an evident drop in working hours in parts of the country near the biggest companies.
Average working hours fell the most in the Gwanghwamun area of downtown Seoul at nearly 40 minutes a day, followed by the financial district of Yeouido at 10 minutes.
In contrast, Gasan Digital Complex, home to many small companies, saw work hours rise by a little over half a minute.
The data also showed more spending on recreation compared to a year before.
People spent 18 percent more on sports and classes for self-development.
Spending at bars or restaurants, where workers are often pressured to gather after workhours, dropped one percent.