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Hiking S. Koreans' favorite pastime: survey

Hiking is South Koreans' favorite pastime, with dogs chosen as their most beloved pet, a poll showed Wednesday.

According to the survey of 1,700 South Koreans aged 13 and older, taken by Gallup Korea, 14 percent of the respondents said their favorite hobby is hiking.

Listening to music is the second most popular pastime activity at 8 percent, followed by exercise and video games tied at 5 percent.

By age group, those in their 40s preferred hiking most, while teenagers and 20-somethings were split by gender, with males favoring video games and females opting to listen to music.

South Koreans' favorite sport is football with 18 percent, followed by hiking with 13 percent and baseball with 10 percent.

Dogs swept the most beloved pet list with 64 percent. Cats were a distant second with 6 percent. Birds, rabbits and hamsters tied for third at 1 percent.

By dog breed, 14 percent said they wanted to raise a poodle, followed by the native Jindo dog with 13 percent and a Maltese with 12 percent.

The 2014 historical drama "Roaring Currents" topped Koreans' favorite films with 19 percent. The 2013 prison comedy "Miracle in Cell No. 7" was second with 6 percent and "The Attorney" was third with 5 percent. (Yonhap)