SEOUL, South Korea — As hopeful singles at the speed dating event shifted from table to table introducing themselves, Park Chang-won, a year-old firefighter, grew more and more morose. By the time he reached the last table, Mr. Park, whose dark eyebrows give him a brooding look, was uttering only his name and age. Then he sank into silence. Anywhere else, Mr. But in South Korea, fretful about plummeting birthrates but still tied to conservative ideas about matchmaking, solving the difficulties of the lovelorn has become something of a national priority.
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Marriage/Family - Gender Roles in South Korea
Korean traditional wedding ceremony is full of colors and excitements. Even though we have this valuable tradition, for certain period of time, having a traditional wedding was considered old-fashioned. Koreans were focused on modernization. But now, Korean wedding is reclaiming the glory. Getting out of the western-style wedding, now lots of couples choose to be married in the traditional setting.
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Traditional dating culture in Korea usually left parents responsible for finding the best mate for their child. Arranged marriages were settled years, and sometimes even decades, before a child reached marriage age. Today, matchmaking trends are much different -- placing the responsibility of finding a match with young singles.
Dating had never been easy for Kim Jeong-soon. It was with a certain reservation, then, that she went on a blind date with a South Korean man three years ago; Kim Jong-il — whose name in the south is pronounced slightly differently to the late North Korean dictator. They dined on fried chicken and beer and launched right into conversations about marriage, divorce and what a future together might look like.