The annual do-nothing competition took place in South Korea (3 photos + 1 video)

22 May 2024

An anniversary competition was held in South Korea, in which participants compete to see who is the best at doing absolutely nothing.

More than 100 people gathered in one place to sit silently on yoga mats and do absolutely nothing. This is the 10th time the special event has been held in Seoul and is both a physical challenge and a relaxing experience.

The goal of the competition is to take your mind off everything that might bother you and spend 90 minutes sitting. You cannot talk, fall asleep or check your phone.

It is noteworthy that the organizers monitor the pulse of the participants in the “Space-out” competition and at the end the audience has the opportunity to vote for the top ten. The one who has the most stable heart rate out of 10 participants also receives a prize.

"I've tried out for the Olympics five times and in 30 years of training I've never had a good rest. I heard that this is a place where you can clear your mind and rest for at least that long, so I came here thinking, 'Wow, this is what what I need so much,” said one of the contestants, Kwak Yoon-gi, who took 3rd place.

The number of people wishing to take part in this event increases every year. This time there were over 4 thousand applications, but the organizers selected only 117 people. The list included both second grade students and people over 60 years old.

South Koreans say it's a great opportunity to recover from burnout or stress that work can cause. 26-year-old blogger Kim Seok Hwan said that he has a lot of worries in his life, so he decided to get rid of stress with the help of such a competition.

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