According to a survey conducted by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, out of 2,464 unmarried Koreans asked － 1,140 men and 1,324 women between the ages of 20-44 － those who replied that a wedding ceremony is a must stood at a mere 10 percent.
"Overall, the ratio of （survey respondents） in favor of a wedding stands at about half the people surveyed. But the portion of those who replied that a wedding is a must drops to the 10 percentage range. This is attributable to the growing importance of one’s decision and judgment and less importance placed on formality in marriage," said the institute.
"Such responses were not confined to a certain group, which shows increasing emphasis on personal choice over social norms," said the institute. In Korea, a couple can formalize their marriage by registering a declaration of marriage with the local authorities, with no need for a ceremony.