South Korea celebrated its 51st National Savings Day (저축의 날) yesterday. It is not a holiday, but it was founded by the South Korean government in 1964 to raise awareness of saving as well as accumulate enough capital required to achieve the nation’s 1st ever Economic Development Plan.
Each year, the Financial Services Commission (금융위원회) awards citizens who were nominated as “good” money savers, or public figures who live a frugal way of life and donate money to the needy.
Samsung Lions left-hander, Jang Won-sam (장원삼), was among one of them selected to receive the Chairman’s Honor this year. Jang is known to have a simple lifestyle (to this day he does NOT own a car), while making donations to his alma mater, and community centers and schools around his hometown.
- 삼성 장원삼, 저축의 날 금융위원회 표창 수상, Samsung Lions, Oct. 28, 2014.
- 주요 저축 유공자 및 미담 소개, Financial Services Commission Blog (Naver), Oct. 28, 2014.
- 제51 회 저축의 날 정부 포상 추천 대상자 공개 검증, Financial Services Commission, Sep. 15, 2014.
- 50th Savings Day, Financial Services Commission Blog (WordPress), Oct. 29, 2013.