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Women marrying younger men in Korea, signaling a shift in long-held traditions Updated: 2013-10-30 06:27:30 KST

  Women marrying younger men in Korea, signaling a shift in long-held traditions
Marriage is changing in Korea.
October has become the most favored month for tying the knot.
According to new data from Statistics Korea on Tuesday, of the roughly 4.2 million couples who married in the years between 2000 and 2012, more than 38-thousand of them tied the knot in October.
November was the second most popular month for marriage.
Experts said that couples are choosing to marry in the fall because of the cooler weather and because they want to get married before they get a year older, which, according to tradition, happens with the start of the Lunar New Year.
May, which has long been acknowledged as the month of weddings in Korea, came in third with over 34-thousand,. while the summer months were the least favored.

Another new trend on the marriage front is that many couples are breaking away from the Korean tradition of women marrying older men, or vice versa.
Statistics Korea attributed this trend to the rise of women in the workforce and their increasing social status.
For first marriages, the number of couples in which the husband was older than his spouse came to about 68 percent last year, dropping from 74 percent in 2002.
In the same period, the number of married couples in which the woman was older than her spouse was 15.6 percent, an increase of 4 percent.

The data also showed that couples are delaying the age at which they get married, which has risen over the past 20 years.
In 1990, men were marrying at age 28 and women at 25.
Last year, men got married at an average age of 32, while women chose to tie the knot at 29.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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