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Korean Dating with EliteSingles
With almost two million Korean Americans right across the country – from Los Angeles to New York City – it’s easier than ever to find Korean dating in the U.S. The question remains, though: what’s the best way to meet a compatible partner? The answer: EliteSingles. Our Korean singles are part of a much wider Asian dating community on our site; all here looking for like-minded love, our members are serious about meeting “the one.” If you’re single, successful, well-educated and seeking a meaningful relationship, join us today – you’ll fit right in!
How We Surpass Other Korean Dating Sites
We beat other Korean dating sites simply by providing a better method for meeting new people. Our intelligent matchmaking system helps pick out the very best potential partners for you. It’s our belief that strong relationships start with finding a like-minded partner; a shared background, cultural heritage or even just similar life experiences can really help fledgling couples bond. These are, after all, important aspects of what makes you unique.
We use our personality test – which every new member takes – to assess your characteristics. Based on the Five-Factor Model of personality traits, we evaluate just how conscientious, extraverted, agreeable and neurotic you are; it helps us match you up with around 3-7 new potential partners every day. We also consider your location, education and income level too, knowing that these things are equally important when finding you a perfect match. If and when you have more time, you can also use our handy ‘Have you met…’ feature to take a look through additional profiles.
Sign up using our easy registration form, take our unique personality test and put together your very own dating profile. It really couldn’t be simpler to begin dating Korean singles with us, so start today!
Dating Tips for Korean Singles
Korean dating in the U.S. is only becoming easier; with large Korean communities in California, New York, New Jersey, and right across the country, the number of Korean Americans is moving ever-upwards. A greater number of Korean Americans are also finding themselves established in these communities – getting the best jobs, earning more money, and achieving the very highest standard of education.
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We know from experience, however, that with success comes a real squeeze on the time you have for family, friends, and – most especially – relationships. Professional singles make up a huge part of our membership base, and our members have proven time and time again that nobody is too busy to find long-lasting love!
It goes without saying, the key to successful Korean dating online relies on you finding the right Korean dating site for you. For more information on what we offer and how to get the very most out of our service, see the section below.
The Evolution of Korean Dating Culture: From Traditional to Modern
If you are Korean and seeking another Korean person to date, you are probably already aware that your dating world may be heavily mixed with both traditions and modern trends. One thing that bucks tradition is the fact that you are considering a Korean dating site to meet other Korean singles! Before around 1960, traditional Korean culture actually dictated that parents were most often the ones responsible for finding a partner for their children, which is no longer the case for most Korean Americans.
As Korean dating has modernized, there have been a lot of changes to the ways that Korean singles meet each other, get to know each other, and build meaningful relationships. In fact, one influence on these changes is the popularity of Korean dramas, which — for better or worse — have heavily influenced the way that Korean daters think about relationships and the expectations they bring to them. With 18 million viewers of K-dramas in the U.S. in 2019 alone, it would be hard to imagine that there wouldn’t be some sort of influence from these pieces making their way into the dating world.
One tangible shift in Korean dating expectations is that of the financial burden on dates. Historically, both in Korean dating and American dating, the man was expected to pay for all of the expenses on every date. As women have gained more independence and autonomy in Western culture, this expectation has shifted more to a 50/50 breakdown where the bill is either split or, as dates progress, each person may opt to alternate paying for each date.
There are still traditions that prevail in Korean dating, though — many are founded in the teachings of Confucius. The Confucian traditions are historically deferential to males, meaning that men are often treated with extra respect by their female partners in public. Some Korean singles prefer to keep the tradition alive in their relationships, while others embrace modernity and total gender equality. It will be important that you discuss your own expectations and desires out of a relationship to make sure that you are in alignment with your potential partner.
With a long history of parental matchmaking, there is still a lot of emphasis placed on matchmaking in Korean dating culture, which EliteSingles.com is happy to cater to with our in-depth matchmaking process for finding the right partner for each of our clients.
Another notable relic of tradition is the fact that the “sexual revolution” of the West has still not fully permeated into Korean society, and there are often more traditional expectations and processes that precede the possibility of sex. Casual sex does happen, but the idea of “hookup culture” is virtually nonexistent, as physical intimacy is viewed as a significant step in a serious relationship. Fortunately, Elite Singles is a dating site for people who are looking for serious, committed relationships, which sets us apart from many other casual dating sites and hookup apps.
Exploring the Impact of Technology on Korean Dating Trends
Technology has reshaped nearly every aspect of the way we live our lives, including dating and building relationships. South Korea is well known as a tech-savvy population, and so it’s no wonder that technology has had profound impacts on Korean dating. Here are just a few of the ways that dating trends have either shifted or new trends have completely emerged based on advances in technology:
We’ve already touched on this a bit, but even in a culture like Korea, where parental matchmaking has historically been the norm. Digital dating platforms have replaced the traditional matchmaker. Social media and dating apps have both revolutionized how people can connect, and Korean singles now have access to the entire planet as a dating pool, whereas the dating pool was traditionally bounded by location and social circle. People can now connect from anywhere based on similar interests, goals, and personality types.
Language learning apps and things like Google Translate have made foreign languages more accessible, which has historically been a major barrier to dating. Much like possible matches needed to be in the same location to meet in the past, people have nearly always relied on meeting people who spoke the same language. This is still a barrier, but technology has continued to soften this blocker, and more people are able to connect without having a functional understanding of each other’s languages.
Media has a profound impact on all societies, including Korean society. The booming popularity of K-pop and Korean dramas has led to an increase in interest in many aspects of Korean culture, and as a result, there have been more Western women expressing an interest in seeking Korean men as partners. A secondary result of this technological influence is the blending of Western and Korean cultures as more couples from two different cultural backgrounds begin to date.
Long Distance Relationships
Long-distance relationships are becoming commonplace in virtually all cultures with a consistent internet connection, and before digital communication, many long-distance lovers kept in touch with old-fashioned letters. Thankfully, a handwritten letter spritzed with your lover’s perfume isn’t the closest we can get to our far-away partners since video chats and text messaging are commonplace. Partners on opposite sides of the globe can plan virtual dates where they simulcast the same movie so they can make snarky comments to each other just like they are on the same couch sharing the popcorn.
Navigating the Korean Dating Scene (Dos and Don’ts)
If you are a Westerner interested in dating Koreans, you may already recognize that there are different expectations and traditions in the Korean dating scene. It’s important that you keep these dos and don’ts in mind as you seek out single Korean men or single Korean women.
D.O. Understand the Importance of Anniversaries
Sure, anniversaries are important in the West as well, but something you may not be aware of is the 100-day anniversary in Korean dating culture. Subsequent 100th-day anniversaries also play an important role in celebrating milestones in your relationship, along with monthly and yearly anniversaries. The
D.O. Embrace Couple Culture
It might seem strange in the West to see couples wearing matching outfits, but this is a popular trend among Korean couples called 커플룩 (kou-peul look). It is a sweet expression of companionship, and it sends a signal that the matching couple is in a serious, committed relationship. While this may not be the expectation with every Korean single, don’t be surprised if it comes up.
D.O. Respect Modesty
Traditional Korean culture frowns upon any displays of public affection beyond holding hands. Kissing, hugging, or otherwise “being handsy” in public is seen as disrespectful, so make sure that you are aware of these expectations in order to respect your partner’s limits and expectations for reasonable “PDA.”
DON’T Be Too Forward
As we already mentioned, Korean culture expects modesty. This also shows up in the way that singles initiate conversations with prospective partners. Make sure that you take it slow because coming on too strong — especially as a woman — might be offputting and end the conversation before it begins. The man is typically expected to make the first move, but as with so many other relationship traditions, this is changing.
DON’T Ignore Messages During the Day
Korean couples are in nearly constant contact throughout the day. Couples will often text each other from work or school with considerable frequency, and ignoring these messages might accidentally send a signal that you are not interested. If you are not able to keep up with these messages, it’s important that you set clear expectations early so there aren’t any misinterpretations about your silence.
DON’T Expect Sex On the First Date
Korean first dates are almost entirely about getting to know each other, considering a second date, and trying to suss out indications of either compatibility or friction. The hookup culture that dominates U.S. cities and many cultures across the globe now is not as prevalent with Korean singles, so if you are a Westerner dating a Korean, make sure that you are aware of this slower process. Be patient, and be respectful!
Exploring Romantic Gestures in Korea
We already mentioned matching outfits for couples, but there are other romantic traditions and gestures that you might encounter if you are dating Koreans. Here are some of our favorites that we wish would make their way to the United States!
This deserves a second mention. Couples in Korea often wear matching outfits, and even if they aren’t committing to the entire outfit, they will commonly match accessories like hats, shoes, or other accents.
It isn’t uncommon for couples to make a habit of surprising each other with small, thoughtful gifts. Whether it’s delicious chocolate, a small piece of jewelry, a cute little knick-knack, or something else will depend on your partner.
Notes and Letters
Writing little love notes or letters is a universally appreciated gesture to let your partner know that you are thinking of them. You’d have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t love finding a little note tucked into their lunch at work!
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