Who does that any more? I needed to meet this guy," recalled the year-old freelance theatre producer with a laugh. After several rounds of shortlisting from a list of potential dates through the free app Norang Narang Korean for "you and me" , they finally got to exchange contact details and arranged to meet the next day. But Ms Chung was anything but impressed when her date, a freelance storyboard artist for TV commercials, showed up wearing a Burberry trench coat and driving a Range Rover, as if flaunting his wealth. Then we sat down to talk, and he realised I'm not the materialistic sort. I was more interested in his work, like he's shot a short film, and his plans, and what's he like as a person," she recalled.
South Koreans turn to the pros to find Seoul mates
How to Find a Date in Seoul, South Korea
SEOUL — Sitting in his office crammed with files and boxes, Lee Woong Jin, a year-old entrepreneur, talks enthusiastically about his latest moneymaking plan: merging the age-old Korean matchmaking traditions with the vibrant South Korean Internet culture. Matchmaking services have been on the Web for years, in South Korea and elsewhere. But Lee insists that his system is the most scientifically advanced around, providing South Koreans wary of fraud or too shy to propose, or just too busy to date, with a hassle-free way of finding Mr. For example, Kim Su Jong, a year-old pharmacist, has listed more than pieces of information about herself - everything from her height, weight, blood type and drinking and smoking habits to her monthly pay, personality preferences in a spouse, and the jobs and academic credentials of everyone in her family. Lee's Shiny computer program then quantifies her desirability as a spouse, grading 1, job categories and all 8, school departments in South Korea on a scale of 0 to , and rating Kim on a physical attractiveness index. Within seconds, Shiny produces a marriage consulting report advising her that it would be most realistic for her to get married next year to a year-old dentist or herbal doctor between and centimeters tall, or 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 8 inches.
9 Things You Should Know About Dating in Korea
I do not know other countries situations, but the blind dating culture is getting more common in South Korea. I experienced an exchange student life in China, and there I could learn the differences between South Koreans and the people from other countries. And, even if they see someone they find attractive in the street, it is very hard to ask for his or her number.
Before you ask out the next cute boy or girl you see, let us help you familiarize yourself with Korean dating culture. Read on for our tips, and happy dating! Rather, the most common way to meet new romantic candidates is through friends and acquaintances. 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.