Best dating apps in Seoul?
Best dating apps in Seoul, which are they? The few of you who follow my blog know that I was in Japan all of last year and did a similar post reviewing different dating apps in Japan and If you read this post you will be gravely disappointed by the fact that Korean dating does not differ much from Japanese dating. Tho there are a couple of Key points that are completely game-changing and I will talk about those after going through the actual apps.
What I did was look up the top 10 Dating apps In Korea and narrowed it down the the 6 Best dating apps in Seoul. In other words, 4 of them wouldn’t install on my phone since I can’t access the korean app store. And I can’t judge the entirety of Korea from just trying it out in one city can I ? Therefore It turned into the 6 Best dating apps in Seoul? (The question mark resembles the level of suspension you should be feeling in anticipation of what’s about to come)
I’ll start with the ones you probably didn’t even know existed:
Out of the top 6 best dating apps in Seoul, this could potentially be the absolute worst, most useless piece of garbage app I’ve ever tried. I could probably just end it there, there’s not really anything else you need to know. But to make this post longer I will go ahead and explain my reasoning behind this judgment.
First of all, the entire app is all in Korean and built in a similar way to the Facebook feed or the Instagram discover function. It’s literally just a forum where people post about their day and post pictures of themselves looking for attention and there’s not even any focus on dating whatsoever.
To be honest, I don’t even classify this app as a dating app, whereas the blog I read clearly did. Maybe koreans use it for dating but I ain’t about “Sliding into the DMs”.
The actual user interface was rather difficult to understand, There were a ton of bots liking your picture and a lot of boys posting as well.
There were 2,5 ways of contacting people on 1KM:
- Write them a DM (There’s a function allowing you to block all incoming DM, so this only works sometimes)
- Commenting on their post for everyone to see
2,5. Liking their picture or post and praying to god she looks at your profile out the first 50+ people liking her pics.
- Sudden advertisements in the middle of whatever you’re trying to do
- Bots posting pictures of tits everywhere
- People’s posts
- About 80% of the user base (Every guy in the app)
I’ll give 1KM a solid 0/10. It does not even deserve being called a dating app, how could it be one of the best dating apps in seoul?
Second candidate for the best dating apps in Seoul is… *drumroll* Noondate!
The concept of this app was rather interesting, Everyday at noon you get a date. Which basically is supposed to be a video call or similar with a random person of your “desired” appearance. Sadly I never really managed to figure this function out and you will soon understand why.
The matchmaking system had the purpose of finding your “Desired” type. It allowed you to about five times a day, select the prettiest out of two random people. It would then adjust the next two people according to your decisions and would in this way find your perfect match. Clearly this is a flawed system that misses so many steps in matchmaking. This would not be enough to rule this app out as useless or even to rob it of the spot as one of the best dating apps in Seoul. What comes next on the other hand will!
A Pay 2 Win dating app
Everything you ever wanted to do in a dating app costs Candies. Candies are the currency of Noondate and you start with just enough Candies to send 1 free message and look at one persons profile. Yes you read it correctly, Looking at the profile of your matches costs real money. So does sending them messages. In other words: you are supposed to pay money to look at their profile in order to decide whether you wish to pay more money to send them a message, which in turn they must decide on spending money to reply. This is the most ridiculous business concept I’ve ever heard of and the sole reason Noondate will never have a chance to get in any top Dating apps in Seoul list. The creator of this app had one purpose and one purpose only when creating the app, he wants your sweet cash. He is selling candy to horny boys, it’s just like paying for porn, but you never even get to see the girls naked.
This too will be a definite 0/10
The ironic thing is that I actually met a person whose company I really enjoy on this app. Why this is Ironic is because in theory this app is still terrible and will not end up being in the top dating apps in Seoul.
The swiping system works just like tinder, Very simple. You just swipe left or right if you like em or not. If you match with someone you can just start chatting, very smooth. You can even see who likes you and get the option of liking them back right away. You also have infinite swipes everyday, at least it seemed like it.
So far Meeff sounds like a contender for the Top dating apps in Seoul doesn’t it? Well here comes the downsides and what makes it worse than Tinder. I think they need to hire a user experience team because this app LAGS like crazy! It kept freezing for up to 10 seconds over and over. Sometimes it froze a couple times a minute.
While swiping you were also accompanied by an advertisement every 6th person you swiped, this made 10 swiped take at least 30 seconds so it’s a very inefficient method for getting those high match counts. Once matched the lobby like system is very strange and hard to understand as well and it’s very unclear which person likes you because you are hot and who likes you because you speak english. Because it’s apparently a making friends/finding a tandem partner/falling in love app. Which makes it very confusing.
Being honest, I didn’t hate it but it was very frustrating and I didn’t get the notifications to work at all. But I will give it a solid 4/10
If you’ve read my previous posts you already know how it works, or maybe you even tried Badoo yourself.
Making it short:
- Just like tinder but endless swipes.
- You can discover nearby people.
- You can write them without having to match.
What’s bad about Badoo is that this is made for the guys. Girls generally do not benefit from having a discover function since they get enough messages as it is. Using Badoo as a girl you simply get waaaaaaay more messages than on other apps. This drives beautiful women crazy since there’s no filter for who can write you so they keep getting messages from guys who are old, weird, creepy, or just very ugly.
The result of this becomes a dating app only filled with ugly girls that will get zero attention on other apps. In other words, by fixing the problems guys have with tinder. They created a new set of problems that drives all the quality girls away.
Therefore I give Badoo a 5/10, Great app, horrible girls (And probably guys)
I assume you are familiar with Tinder but I will explain it shortly. Very limited swipes. Tries very hard to promote the Tinder+ function. Highest number of users of all the apps.
Most girls seem like they are really trying to avoid one night stands and any type of casual relationship. This makes me question why the fuck they are using Tinder if not to fuck. A lot of people are looking for real relationships or normal friendship, which all of us know is nearly impossible on Tinder.
So could tinder be one of the Top dating apps in Seoul? I wouldn’t think so. About 90% of the messages you send will not get a response and about 90% of the people you swipe will not swipe you back. In other words, 1 in 100 will even write you a message. Like those odds? I know I don’t.
There are several ways you can increase those odds, for example having a very well made profile with a well written biography and professional photographies. But being honest, who wants to put that much time into Tinder? Well I did, but that’s for you guys.
The biggest problem is that, even when you think you are hitting it off with that 1 in a 100. Getting her to meet up with you takes another big step from her.
The user experience is better than most other apps, but the odds of getting laid is about 1 in a 1000. You have better odds asking people on the train. Therefore I give tinder a 6/10, still better than Badoo.
So far we have 0 out of 6 of the best dating apps in Seoul, will Bumble be good enough for 6 apps?
First of all The swipes are way less limited than tinder but still not endless, which is the perfect middle. You still have to stop swiping before spending hours but you can almost swipe until your thumb hurts.
The girl has to write you first, this lets girls feel in control and safe which provides higher quality girls. If someone writes you and you don’t respond within 24 hours, they will be unmatched. This allows for a smooth ghosting process if you are afraid of confrontation.
There seems to be way more High-End girls and people are nice in general. The only real issues I see with Bumble is that you sometimes get matched with someone living at the other side of the country. And that no one really cares for casual relationships. This means that it’s perfect for you if you are looking for a serious relationship. I will give bumble an easy 8/10 for this. Clearly the best dating apps in Seoul.
A side note about the Best dating apps in Seoul
If you are looking for a casual relationship or a one night stand then I would definitely stay off of dating apps and go clubbing, Seoul is one of the few countries where you can go clubbing Monday – Sunday if you’d like. And the girls clubbing here are absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy Korea my friends! Send me an email or subscribe to my mailing list if you are in Seoul and I’ll keep you up to date on my dating events.