Customers are getting lettuce-less hamburgers as vegetable prices soar due to a cold snap, and the situation is expected to continue.
Park Hye-jin, 44, a housewife in the Mapo District of western Seoul, was surprised to notice the high prices of vegetables and fruit at her local supermarket.
Convenience stores have started stocking more fresh vegetables since the pandemic forced people to spend more time at home -- and made them a profit center.
According to Statistics Korea, Korea's food consumer price index in January was up 6.5 percent from same month a year earlier, posting the fourth highest figure in the OECD.
Vegetables are displayed at a discount supermarket in downtown Seoul on Thursday.
Mrs. Kim, 62, who lives in Mapo District, western Seoul, was shocked recently to see the sky-high prices of napa cabbages at her local supermarket.
With food prices skyrocketing, many Koreans are rethinking their Chuseok holiday choices.
Inflation in August hit its highest level since the pandemic started, though it remained below 1 percent. Vegetable prices rose rapidly because of the heavy rains while the price of jeonse, or long-term rental deposits, also increased.
A visitor to a supermarket in downtown Seoul looks at the options in the vegetable section on Thursday.
Shoppers peruse the vegetable aisle at Emart’s Seongsu branch in eastern Seoul, on Thursday.