consolidating democracy in south korea - Dating now korean

Facing a low national birth rate and concerns about dating abuse, a college course at a university in Seoul is teaching students about the foundations of healthy dating relationships, writes Matt Kwong.Geun il Lee, left, and Po Kyung Kang, both 24, met on a compulsory date through a university course in Seoul that requires the students to date each other and document their experiences.

Keep your phone on you, and don’t be afraid to show your affection with emoticons! PDA (public displays of affection) is another aspect of dating that can vary greatly across different cultures, and like splitting the bill, PDA can bring up strong opinions on both sides.

While you’re dating in Korea, you’ll likely notice that your significant other won’t be open to intense displays of affection in public.

Whether you’re interested in going on a couple of early dates or you’re looking to build a prolonged relationship with someone, you have all the tools necessary to navigate Korean dating culture.

What advice would you give someone looking to date in Korea?

While you’re in Korea, throw the ‘three day rule’ out the window if you don’t want to ruin your chances with the new cutie you’re trying to talk to.

Koreans are generally glued to their smart phones and love instant messaging, so if you choose not to reach out to your crush they may take it as you not being interested.

If you’re dating in a country other than Korea, you’re probably familiar with the ‘three day rule,’ or the rule that you shouldn’t reach out to someone you’re newly interested in via text or phone call for at least three solid days after getting their phone number.

This rule has been a focal point of romantic comedies and sitcoms for the last decade, and some men (and women) swear by its effectiveness.

The logic is that if someone you already know tells you that you should consider a new dating prospect, chances are much higher that the date will go well than if you were to consider dating a stranger who knows nothing about you (except that they like the way you look).

The best way to broaden your dating horizons the next time you’re in South Korea is by making friends, so start by talking and being friendly with as many people as possible!

Korea isn’t like many Western countries where suitors are encouraged to go up to attractive strangers to make small talk (and maybe ask for a phone number if it goes well).

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