(5 judges found it unconstitutional and 2 asked for amendment by the legislative branch and 2 opposed to the outcome of this decision) The court specifically asked the legislative branch to amend the current civil code article 809 para 1 by the end of 1998 and hold further adjudication of this legislation.
However, with the legislative branch not providing an additional legislation to oppose the decision by the Constitutional court, the decision was set to be final, allowing the people within the same ancestral clans to marry each other.
South Korean women who married foreign men have most often married Chinese or Japanese. In recent times, about one third of South Korean men in rural areas married women from abroad, according to Korea National Statistics Office data published in the Chosun Daily newspaper on March 30, 2006 .
The modern Korean wedding feast or reception, (kyorhon piroyon, 결혼 피로연) can be a mix of traditional and western cultures.
At a traditional wedding feast a guest would expect to find bulgogi (불고기, marinated barbeque beef strips), galbi (갈비, marinated short ribs), a variety of kimchi (pickled cabbage with a variety of spices, with other ingredients such as radishes, seafood).
This is one of the main reason why patriarchy prevails in Korea, though Korean feminists do not focus on this.
If someone brings a gift to the wedding, it is not expected that the gift will be opened immediately. Families of large conglomerates or chaebols such as Samsung Group, LG Group, SK Group, Hyundai Group, etc.
are closely connected with marriage chains interlinking each other.
There were 43,121 international marriages between Koreans and non-Koreans in 2005, up 21.6 percent from a year earlier, according to Korea National Statistics Office data published in the Korea Times newspaper on March 30, 2006 .
The most common explanation for this phenomenon is that there is a lack of South Korean women who are willing to marry men living in rural areas.
Chinese citizens who are ethnic Koreans (called "Joseon-jok" by South Koreans) and Vietnamese are preferred as imported brides.
From this cultural influence, the article 809 of the Korean Civil code regulated marriages within a clan in the past, considering it as a type of exogamy.
However, the Korean constitutional Court found this piece of legislation unconstitutional and asked for an amendment by the legislative branch in a 1997 decision.
The bride's attire might include a white sash with significant symbols or flowers. The norigae (노리개) is a hanbok (한복) decoration which has been worn by all classes of Korean women for centuries.