SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's online shopping hit a record high last year due to strong demand for travel and leisure services, statistical office data showed Wednesday.
Shopping in the cyberspace stood at 206.49 trillion won (167.7 billion U.S. dollars) in 2022, up 10.4 percent from a year earlier, according to Statistics Korea.
It marked the highest since relevant data began to be compiled in 2001.
Online demand for travel and transportation services surged 93.5 percent last year, while culture and leisure services transaction in the cyberspace soared 97.9 percent.
It was attributable to alleviated anti-COVID-19 measures. The government lifted all social-distancing rules, except an indoor mask mandate, in April.
Online transactions for food and beverage jumped 15.9 percent, and demand for food delivery services gained 1.4 percent last year.
Mobile shopping through smartphones grew 13.4 percent over the year to 153.68 trillion won (124.8 billion dollars) in 2022.