Dating customs of koreans
A young man and a young woman invite their respective 3 or 4 single friends to a group meeting at an agreed location, usually cafe or bar.Meetings are not at all a serious type of dating – the group may spend the evening playing games, drinking and chatting or going to the karaoke room for singing.Social Dating Service Applications With widespread usage of smartphones in South Korea, social dating service applications (“SDS app”) have been developed since late 2009 to help arrange blind dates for the people.The SDS app helps you find the best match after you have input information about the type of person you would like to meet.If a man and a woman are happy with each other, they will exchange contact details and start dating.For the purpose of booking, waiters may maintain lists of attractive women’s phone numbers and will call them up and offer free, or very cheap, tables and drinks for them and their friends.
Then the matchmakers leave and let their friends continue to chat, hoping that they are the right match.
For example, I-um started in 2010 targeting at 20’s and 30’s singles.
It charges membership fee of 80,000 won and claims to have a total of one million registered members.
Men may spend 150,000 won each in table fees and tips for booking at the night-clubs.
Seon (선) Seon (선) is a marriage-oriented date arranged by a matchmaker and is usually initiated by the parents.