Government data shows that an increasing number of South Koreans are opting for cremation over burial.
The Health and Welfare Ministry said Thursday that the nationwide percentage of cremations conducted last year was tallied at 80-point-eight percent, meaning about four out of five deceased people were cremated in 2015.
The proportion has quadrupled in 21 years since first exceeding 20 percent in 1994, marking a complete shift to a cremation-centered funeral culture like many other advanced nations.
The nation's cremation rate has been steadily on the rise from over 52 percent in 2005 to 79 percent in 2014.
The Seoul metropolitan region commands a high 86-point-nine percent rate of cremations among total deaths while it's about ten percentage points lower for the rest of the country at 76-point-eight percent.
The Health Ministry said it will expand related infrastructure including crematoriums to prepare for a further rise in cremations.
Source: KBS World Radio