South korean dating rules
Here’s our video on “How to Meet Korean Singles”: 5.
Celebrating Every 100 Days People around the world celebrate yearly anniversaries; really lovey-dovey couples celebrate monthly anniversaries; and unhealthily obsessed teenagers celebrate even more often. Of course the big yearly milestones are celebrated just the same.
Blind dates in Korea are extremely common and one of the most common ways to meet people in a relatively ‘safe’ way.
Note: Of course, this is not the only way Koreans meet potential baby mamas and daddys.
Hand waves to say hi or bye are also quite common (but are more casual). Sorry, there’s no secret handshake or codeword for picture perfect Korean manners in informal situations. Hugs: Don’t hug someone you’ve just met for the first time. Even if you’ve just had the most spirit-kindling noraebang singing session, hugging might make things awkward.
To make an even better impression, say hello in Korean. Although the culture around hugging is changing, hugging in Korea is generally reserved for couples or for close friends or family that are saying goodbye for a long while.
If you’re not a fan of drinking, here’s a few tips: • Explain first that you’re not a fan of alcohol. In Korea, glasses are refilled when the glass is empty. The first glass is the most important and it’s an expression that you are part of the group. If you don’t want to drink at all (religious, personal reasons), just say so.
Although drinking is part of the Korean culture (find out why drinking is so important here), people will understand.
Having that friend as a buffer will make sure he/she isn’t some crazy drunk that’ll come banging on your door at 3AM.
While couples in North America are much more “chill” and like to take things slow, my observation of Korean couples is that they love going all out and externally celebrating their togetherness.
As I briefly scanned over in my previous post “What to Expect when Dating a Korean Guy,” it’s normal for Korean couples to get couple rings as early as 3 months into the relationship.
There’s even a few other “types” of blind dates, but those are specifically for different purposes: 미팅 (meeting) – A group blind date, mostly for young college students.
A group of guy friends will meet a group of girl friends to hangout and have a good time. This is a very serious date, where both parties have expectations of marriage right from the beginning (including/especially parents).
Meeting the expectations of your significant other may not always be easy.