Dating and marriage customs in korea


The birthdate of the groom is sent to a fortuneteller which sets the date based on the Saju. The last step in pre-ceremonial traditions is called the Napp’ae, or exchanging valuables. Of the three the most important is the Hanseo, or marriage papers.

Once the date is set the groom then sends a box to the bride which is known as a Ham. This is given to the bride in dedication to wed only one husband.

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For these reasons, a significant amount of time was spent in preparation before finally performing the actual wedding ritual.

The first step is called the Eui hon, or ‘matchmaking’, this is when both the bride and grooms families discuss the possibility of marriage.

Five judges found it unconstitutional and two asked for amendment by the legislative branch, whereas another two opposed the outcome of this decision.

The court specifically asked the legislative branch to amend the current civil code article 809 paragraph 1 by the end of 1998, and hold further adjudication of this legislation.

The grooms year, month, day, and hour (according to the lunar calendar), which is known as Saju, is written on a paper and wrapped in bamboo branches and tied with red and blue thread.