S. Koreans struggle with sky-high wedding costs

April 28, 2012 by admin
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SEOUL–The Beatles may have sung “all you need is love,” but in South Korea a couple wanting to get married also needs cash, a lot of it — nearly US$200,000, or more than four times the average annual income.

The sky-high costs stem from a combination of cultural traditions that mandate expensive pre-wedding gifts between families, such as mink coats and diamond rings, along with a decades-old custom that the groom must fork over money to provide a home.

Read more: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/life/offbeat/2012/04/29/339400/S-Koreans.htm

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