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.
Prices of fruits and vegetables are spiking as many farms have been damaged by the recent heavy downpours.
Inflation is back, led by Napa cabbages and onions, and that's the latest piece of good news suggesting that a rebound could come in the third quarter. According to Statistics Korea, consumer prices were up 0.3 percent in July on-year.
Major discount marts, including Emart and Lotte Mart, and the Agriculture Ministry are holding a special discount event to encourage consumers to purchase Korean agriculture products.