The campaigns are underway ahead of the 2020 General Elections, and parties have introduced their campaign pledges that are filled with ambitious goals for the next four years.
Today, let's take a look at some key pledges of the ruling Democratic Party and the opposition United Future Party.
In terms of the economy, the Democratic Party pledges to keep pushing for innovative growth and the United Future party plans to repeal income-led growth policies.
The Democratic Party will prioritize fostering new industries, with a focus on the so-called 'BIG 3' of system semiconductors, future cars, and bio-health.
It also plans to help SMEs flourish, especially those in the manufacturing sector.
It will push for firms to employ full-time workers for permanent tasks and will eliminate discrimination against non-regular workers.
The United Future Party plans to change the minimum-wage system and increase flexibility over employees' maximum working hours.
It will cut red tape for businesses and the stock market.
Regarding security and unification, both parties pledge to work toward peace on the Korean peninsula.
But the Democratic Party plans to do so by promoting its new Northern and Southern policies, turning South Korea's military into the 5th best in the world, and strengthening diplomatic relations with the U.S., China, Japan, and Russia.
The United Future Party focuses on strengthening defense ties with allies such as the U.S. and Japan, and wants to play the leading role in the denuclearization talks with North Korea.
Lastly, the welfare sector…
The Democratic party pledges to create an equal society while the United Future Party pledges to create a community that can satisfy everyone.
The Democratic party wishes to reduce the burden of tuition for university students and make society safe from digital sex crimes, domestic violence, and stalking.
Both parties discussed how they would tackle sex crimes as the nation was recently shocked by a digital sex crime that had under-age female victims.
The United Future Party plans to increase punishment for those convicted of sex crimes against minors.
They also plan to provide financial support for pets' medical costs.
But making pledges is a lot easier than carrying them out.
And that'll be the next challenge for whichever party comes out on top in these elections.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.