Furthermore, if your crush reaches out to you via text or IM (which they will, and often!
), if you don’t respond for a couple of hours because you aren’t checking your phone they will more likely than not think you are rejecting them.
This will help you fully enjoy and experience Korean culture, and it may lead you to a “hey, you know who I should introduce you to…” conversation sooner rather than later.
Okay, so you’ve made some Korean friends, and one of them has set you up on a date. Now that you’re going on a date, you’re probably already wondering who is going to end up covering the bill at the end of the evening.
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).
Rather, the most common way to meet new romantic candidates is through friends and acquaintances.
In Korean dating culture, what typically happens is that as the evening progresses and you get dinner at a restaurant, go to a movie, stop by an ice cream shop afterwards, etc., one person will cover the entire tab at each place.
Now, that means different things to different people — some men who tend to be more old fashioned prefer to pick up each check on the first date, whereas some women are more comfortable covering at least a portion of the evening.
Before you ask out the next cute boy or girl you see, let us help you familiarize yourself with Korean dating culture.
There are definitely some ins and outs that you should know beforehand, and they’ll help you steer clear of any social faux pas. Before you need to worry about the ins and outs of dating, you’re probably wondering where to meet eligible bachelors or bachelorettes in the first place.
While there’s no answer that is correct 100% of the time, feel out the evening and if you’re comfortable doing so, cover the first bill of the night (whether it’s dinner or drinks).