The Dating Scene in Korea


So you’re coming to Korea solo and you’re wondering if you’ll meet anyone at all that you’ll have something in common with.

Well, I can’t promise you the love of your life (though some have definitely found him or her here) but I can promise a lively dating scene in the cities. All the medium- to large-sized cities in Korea have foreigner bar scenes where it’s easy to meet someone just like you. Since about 95 percent of all foreigners in Korea are English teachers, it’s easy to meet someone with the same spark for adventure, travel and other cultures. And in Korea, you’ll meet foreigners from all the English-speaking countries.

It’s common for foreign men to date Korean women. For some reason or another, I don’t see as many foreign women dating Korean men but it’s not unheard of.

If you’re not interested in meeting men or women at bars, there is also a myriad of other opportunities to meet foreigners from organized international outings to church groups to your place of employment.

The gay and lesbian scene in Korea is minute for sure as Korea professes to not have any “gay people.” But there is a small gay and lesbian scene in Seoul, in a pocket of bars in the Itaewon district. Outside the capital, opportunities to social with openly gay people are spotty.