Money can Buy Love in South Korea This Valentine's!

by Tanya Thomas on  February 11, 2009 at 10:57 AM Lifestyle News
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With the credit crunch making wallets thinner and reducing one-exorbitant lifestyles to the struggle of making ends meet, cash rules the roost as the 'Gift of Choice' in recession-ravaged South Korea this year.
 Money can Buy Love in South Korea This Valentine's!
Money can Buy Love in South Korea This Valentine's!

In contrast to other societies, women traditionally give single men gifts to mark February 14.

The Korea Herald, citing a survey by a local matchmaking company, said 27 percent of 256 men who were interviewed opted for cash while 13 percent chose travel-related presents.

Twelve percent wanted a wallet, rather than something to fill it with, but only seven percent desired chocolate -- the most popular gift in previous years.

"The survey results seem to reflect the current economic recession," said Hong Jung-Ok, a manager of matchmaking firm Duo Info Corp.

About a third of respondents said flowers were the last thing they wanted for Valentine's Day.

Korean men give women presents on March 14, known as "White Day," to express their affection.

Source: AFP
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