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I've been told that I'm expected to give one month's salary each to my Korean driver and maid for Chuseok and Lunar New Year? Is that correct?

You can give that much if you want - especially if their work is absolutely outstanding and goes way beyond what one would expect. However, it is not required that you do so. Amounts given vary and it's really up to you. You could check with other expats or foreign friends and/or colleagues who have been here for a while or who are in the same company to see what they have done in the past and what they are planning to do this year.

There is not hard and fast rule about the amount you 'should' give. My rule of thumb has always been to give what I feel is appropriate and equally important, what I can afford, while not stinting on basic generosity.  It does no one any good if your working relationship is strained by you feeling you were forced to give too much out of a sense of obligation.

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