South Korea is one of the most interesting, highly developed, and cultural countries in the world. The lifestyle of the Koreans is distinctly different from all other nations of the world. Unfortunately, we know very little about this wonderful country. So, there’s some catching up to do! Here are 5 of the most amazing dating traditions in South Korea.
Dating is organized by a special person
The Koreans study hard and believe that education is the main thing. In Korea, there are many schools with separate education for boys and girls, so often, young people have little experience in dealing with the opposite sex. If a single girl looking for husband wants to go out on a date, she asks a friend to help in its organization. And any Korean wouldn’t mind playing the role of matchmaker for their friends.
Students prefer dating 3:3 or 5:5. In universities, there are special lounges where the organizers of such meetings invite people who want to meet someone and find love.
For example, it could be three guys and three girls. Usually, all the participants gather at the bar, play alcohol games, and exchange phone numbers.
There are a lot of high days for lovers
People in South Korea celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day too. But having adopted this western tradition, the Koreans made their own contribution to it: on this day, only girls give their boyfriends chocolate as a sign of love.
And guys make gifts for their girlfriends on March 14. This holiday is called White Day. On this day, it’s customary to give loved ones a wide variety of gifts and sweets among which Chupa Chups are very popular. On March 14, men must observe the “rule of three:” to give a gift that is three times more expensive than the one that his girlfriend gave him.
Yellow Day is celebrated on May 14. All the couples dress in yellow and give each other flowers. On June 14, they celebrate the Day of Kisses: it’s considered ideal to make a declaration of love or start new relationships. On Silver Day (July 14), it’s customary to give each other silver rings as a symbol of long relationships and marriage prospects. December 14 – is the Hug Day!
The Koreans count the days spent together
The Korean girls carefully calculate how many days have passed since the official start of the relationship. It’s customary to celebrate every 100 days from the first meeting and also the usual anniversaries. On this day, they give each other flowers and gifts, go to restaurants, or make a short trip somewhere.
Each Korean has a special smartphone app for counting the days of relationships. These applications can be used by both partners: there they correspond, store joint photos, and mark memorable events in the calendar.
Lovers wear the same clothes
Lovers often wear the same or similar clothes and buy the same things. In general, they try to show that they are a couple in every possible way. Therefore, in stores, there is a huge variety of things for two: from T-shirts to phone covers. And of course, everyone wears the main symbol of Korean lovers – couple rings, which are usually given for 100 days of official relations.
Many couples break up due to long military service
Men in Korea serve 21 months in the ground troops and 24 months in the navy. It’s a long term, and many couples break up because of the durable separation. If a girl is waiting for her boyfriend from the army, they say that she “wears rubber shoes.” Such shoes are ugly and uncomfortable, and this is the symbol of long waiting.
The Koreans are very fond of doramas, Asian television series, and they don’t mind bringing drama into their romantic life: their relationship is just a storm of passions. When they break up and start dating somebody else, they call it a transplanting. And when they want to say that unsuccessful relationships are surely followed by happy ones, they say: “After a bad car, there is a Mercedes-Benz.”
There are many love motels
Love motels are incredibly popular in South Korea. This is due to the fact that public manifestations of passion are considered inappropriate. These tiny motel rooms serve as a secluded place for couples in love. You can find such mini love motels in any part of the city. Also, it’s possible to rent a room for an hour or two.