More and more Korean men are breaking through the language barrier in the name of love!
A brand new study has shown that in the past couple of years the number of international marriages has been on the rise. According to Statistics Korea, there was an 8.9% increase in the number of international marriages in 2018 alone! They reported that for the 2018 year, there were 22,698 marriages between Korean nationals and foreigners.
Although international marriage, in general, has been on the rise in Korea, the numbers reflect that the majority of these international marriages take place between Korean men and foreign women. In fact, 73.2% of all international marriages were between Korean men and foreign women! This means that Korean men are about 3 times more likely to marry someone from a different country!
There have been many theories as to why this might be the case including the significant difference in male and female numbers in South Korea, an increase in the number of Koreans studying or traveling abroad, and the ease of communication via online social platforms.
But whatever the reason, more and more Koreans are taking the leap and crossing cultural and language barriers in the name of love, even some famous Korean celebrities!