As young North Koreans become more selective about whom they marry, weddings for Pyongyang's elite are becoming more elaborate.
While the state still requires newlyweds to offer flowers at the foot of the statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Pyongyang's Mansu Hill Grand Monument on wedding day, the use of digital cameras and camcorders to memorialize the day is becoming increasingly popular.
I’m going to just put this out there: if I were single in Korea, I wouldn’t exactly be a hot commodity to Koreans.Although this is just a theory of mine, I think I have observed Korean couples enough within the past 4-5 months to feel like it’s true. Korean women are viewed by Korean men as porcelain dolls- pretty, fragile, thin, soft, wholesome, virtuous, and extremely fair skinned. On the contrary, they strive to be very thin and soft, and not in any way muscular or tan. I’m not talking about a promise ring or matching bracelets, I’m talking about matching black and yellow PLAID jackets, or matching rugby shirts with matching shorts.Male university students said they preferred partners who are attractive and from good families.Women also are postponing marriage in a society that, according to Yonhap, customarily labeled women over age 25 as "old maids." Those from well-off families are most likely to postpone marriage than others.Whereas in years past, North Korean women said they preferred soldiers, communist party members and government officials as future husbands, they say they would now choose graduates of elite universities who work as diplomats and are standing members of North Korea's communist party.
Women interviewed by a Chinese journalist affiliated with People's Daily said also their partners should be from good families and be "vibrant and energetic" in personality.Unlike other Asian countries, where it’s almost “a shame” not to be married by 25, Koreans tend to get married in their late 20s and early 30s.This is partly due to the high pressure to provide house, car and a promising career by the time you tie the knot.Korea is one of the world’s best places to spend Valentine’s Day.Customs and venues range from the sickeningly sweet (matching T-shirts) to the freakish and covert (love hotels) to the grandly romantic (event cafés).It is not a surprise to be in Seoul, shopping in Myeongdong or travelling anywhere else, and being surrounded by tons of couples.