This is a big part of Korean culture and cannot be avoided.Even staying late at work is a common thing here and has to be accepted.Don’t worry if your partner tells you he or she has to do overtime every day of the week.
8% of men think men should pay more; 79% of women think men should pay more. Photo Day (September 14th) – couples take a photo together and put it somewhere nice to look at.A survey talked about the debate of the past 3 decades in Korea – who pays for dates? There are placed called “Dress Cafes” in korea where couples go to take fake wedding photos. Wine Day (October 14th) – couples enjoy a glass or two of wine together.But don’t worry, the following summary is what dating in Korea is like.Korea is known for taking its couple culture to the next level: couple clothes, couple shoes, couple rings – Koreans go all out.It’s quite easy to spot who’s dating who walking in any Korean downtown.
Don’t forget that every month has unofficial couple days: January 14The Western term “casual dating” does not exist in South Korea. Which means when dating a Korean, he or she either only wants a physical, almost “secret” relationship or plans to get married to you.
Diary Day (January 1st) – couples share diaries to celebrate the year to come. Kiss Day (June 14th) – people kiss everyone they meet (very conservatively).
Peppero Day (November 11th) -The sticks resemble the date, 11/11, when people give a boxes of pepero sticks to their love interest.
Whatever your opinion is on this, the truth is, it’s still very much a societal norm that guys pay for 70~80% of the date. Men were always regarded as the better gender in Korea and perhaps this phenomenon is an extension of it, or perhaps it’s because simple economics (guys are more desperate? But don’t be shocked to see Korean guys getting the tab most of the time, or if your Korean girlfriend disappears to the bathroom when it comes time for the bill. They have rings around their fourth finger, calls each other “Husband” and “Wife,” but they barely look legal. 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. Instead, Korean couples use kakaotalk messenger to keep each other updated non-stop. Movie Day (November 14th) – couples watch a movie together.
Also wearing same color/styles clothes is norm too. Hug Day (December 14th) – people hug each other to keep warm in the Additional to this, 100, 200, 300, 400… Younger couples tend to celebrate more of these and the number decreases significantly as they age.
In addition to all the universal celebrations, like birthdays and yearly anniversary, there are tons more.