This paper examines the trend of leisure time and leisure type of Koreans and the effect of individual's economic activity on his or her leisure activity. Data for this study came from the Time Use Survey conducted by the Korea National Statistical Office in 1999 and 2004. We examined changes in quantity and quality of leisure time between the two time periods and analyzed how demographic characteristics, socioeconomic statuses, and work characteristics are related to leisure activities. Results show that leisure time increased and leisure type changed from passive to more active and productive one in the 1999-2004 period. Also, males, and people who work for less hours, earn more, and work in the five-day workweek have more leisure time. Economic activity interacts with demographic characteristics, socioeconomic statuses, and work characteristics to affect leisure activity. In the case of economically active people, the higher education is, the more leisure time is. The opposite is true, however, for economically inactive people. Also, the five-day workweek system has a positive effect of increasing leisure time by reducing work time.
Key words : Leisure activity, Leisure type, Leisure inequality, Economic activity, Five-day workweek system