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A wedding is one of the major ways for a (Korean) public servant to openly receive cash gifts.

February 17th, 2012 . by Errol

Sunny Yang (an editorial writer at the JoongAng Ilbo) is worried that “(Korean parents) waste money to have extravagant events because there is (a) need to show off.”

She also makes the following observations:

(1) “During its investigation into the Grand National Party (now called the Saenuri Party)’s money-for-vote scandal in the leadership election, the prosecution found out that 50 million won from a company was provided to a son of a former lawmaker. The probe later revealed that it was the (sic) wedding gift.”

(2) “A wedding is one of the major ways for a public servant to openly receive cash gifts. It’s generally thought that the more luxurious the wedding is, the more money bride and groom’s parents will receive.”

Which she then deftly links to Korea’s hotel industry:

(3) “A five-star hotel earns up to 30 percent of its sales from weddings and four-star hotels earn up to two-thirds of their sales from them. That’s why the hotels are putting effort into allowing clients to have the most luxurious weddings they can ever imagine.”

Joongang Daily, Feb 18, 2012

The Korea Times has a similar editorial on Korean wedding rituals titled: “Extravagant Weddings”.

The Korea Times, February 17, 2012


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