Life in the ROK

West goes East: The lives and adventures of a Californian couple living in Seoul

Sunday, September 24, 2006

At the Korea House in Seoul they have traditional wedding ceremonies that are open to the public. The ceremonies are real in that the couple ends up married at the end it is not just for entertainment purposes, although some of the Korean guests seemed to think it was and were chatting throughout the entire ceremony. One fascinating Korean wedding tradition is that of the Korean ducks. Every new couple gets a pair of wooden ducks when they get married. The ducks are placed in a prominent place in their new home and if the husband or wife is mad at the other spouse they will let them know by turning their respective duck away from their spouse's. Considering that the divorce rate is pretty high in Korea maybe this is not something that should be adopted in your own marriage.

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