Dating Culture And Trends In South Korea

While France is considered by many to be the country of love, South Korea seems to be catching up to them with romance being a big part of the Korean lifestyle. The concept of dating culture, or ‘couple culture,’ is becoming famous all over the world due to its uniqueness and ingenuity. Here are some of the biggest trends that couples in South Korea love to follow.
Couple Clothes
What sets apart South Korean dating culture from the rest of the world is how widely accepted the concept of wearing matching items of clothing is. Both men and women in South Korea have no qualms in wearing matching sweaters or shoes in public. In addition to clothes couple jewellery can also be commonly seen. Couples in South Korea will probably be spotted wearing couple rings. You could even see a alphabets lockets with various designs of cute and quirky features of their significant other around some people’s necks.
Paying For Dates
As in most Asian countries, the more traditional men in South Korea tend to bear the entire bill when it comes to date night. However there are quite a few contemporary couples who like to share the expenses. What sets Korea apart from other countries in this aspect is the non-existence of the concept of ‘going Dutch.’ Going Dutch refers to splitting a bill halfway between two people. In South Korea it is customary that one person pays the entire bill on one night out, with the other person reciprocating by paying the entire bill on the next date night. This custom is not limited to couples and is commonly followed by groups of friends as well.
Meeting People
While South Korea is currently on the verge of becoming completely westernized, the concept of hooking up with some at a club or asking someone for their number at a party has still not become common place. Most South Koreans still prefer to meet possible dates through people that they know, and blind dates are therefore quite a common occurrence. Most South Koreans are okay with going to meet someone that their friends, or sometimes even their parents or relatives, have set them up with.
Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is also celebrated quite differently in South Korea as opposed to how it is usually celebrated around the world. Couples in most countries tend to exchange gifts with each other on this day. In South Korea however it is the women who gives chocolates to men. Men have no obligation to give gifts on this day, with March fourteenth, also known as White Day, been set aside specifically for men to buy gifts for women of personalised name necklace.