Half of Korean parents over 50 are under intense pressure to arrange lavish weddings for their children.
The Chosun Ilbo in conjunction with the Korean Women's Development Insitute commissioned research firm Ipsos to conduct a survey of 220 parents in the age group nationwide for three days until last Friday.
Respondents were asked to compare their stress level to physical pain ranging from no pain to light stomachache, chronic backache or toothache, to childbirth or excruciating pain.
A majority of respondents compared it to at least chronic backache or toothache. Some 24.5 percent chose chronic backache or toothache, and 40 percent said they feel worse pain than that.