SEOUL — Sitting in his office crammed with files and boxes, Lee Woong Jin, a year-old entrepreneur, talks enthusiastically about his latest moneymaking plan: Matchmaking services have been on the Web for years, in South Korea and elsewhere. But Lee insists that his system is the most scientifically advanced around, providing South Koreans wary of fraud or too shy to propose, or just too busy to date, with a hassle-free way of finding Mr. For example, Kim Su Jong, a year-old pharmacist, has listed more than pieces of information about herself - everything from her height, weight, blood type and drinking and smoking habits to her monthly pay, personality preferences in a spouse, and the jobs and academic credentials of everyone in her family.
Warning Issued on Matchmaking Services in Seoul
Korean Dating/Marriage Services, Matchmaking Services : korea
SEOUL, Korea, April 17, Korea Bizwire — A woman in her 40s has become a member at a matchmaking services company under the terms in which she is entitled to have four blind dates in one year at the expense of 2. Much to her disappointment, the matchmaker has matched her with bachelors who did not meet certain agreed requirements such as age, level of education and even nationality. The woman asked for a refund, but the company firmly refused. The alert was announced on the website, blog, SNS, newsletters and on the like. According to the Korea Consumer Agency, there have been 58 cases of consumer losses involving matchmaking services reported this year, an increase of 38 percent over the same period in the previous year 42 cases. The causes for damages include matters involving termination of contract
Korean matchmaking tradition goes high-tech
Enter marriage agencies, wholly Korean-style companies where your next date comes to you with a pre-screened, manager-selected profile. The agency, and many others like it, has been a mainstay in Korean society for years. In the U. Duo, an year-old institution, says it is the largest operation of its kind, serving more than 29, members across 14 branches in Korea, New Zealand and the U. It also claims more than 29, successfully married members on an updated counter on its website, which combines numbers from all of its branches.
Dating is not enough. The nation's No. It's time we branched out into other business, and believe me, weddings and marriage consulting is right up our alley," said Kim Hyae-jeong, president and CEO of Duo in an interview. Dressed simply but tastefully in a violet-colored jacket and matching slacks, Kim explained that she felt it a part of Duo's responsibility to take part in the after-process after the couples tie the knot. Duo Wed and Duo Remarry are the affiliates that carry on the Duo name; the former offers wedding planning services while the latter finds the right match for people looking for a second chance in marriage.