During the day, sex is a bit of a taboo subject in Korea. But if you have the eyes of a sinner, Seoul can be one of Asia’s most lustful cities. Here’s where LUST can be found in Seoul!
Note 1: Credit post idea to talented travel photography blogger Wander + Lust! Thanks Lis! 😀
Note 2: The information provided here is to give an unfiltered view of Korea that official government tourism agencies cannot provide.
People need places to do their chitty chitty bang bang. Sure people can do it at home, but for the lustful, it’s got to be in private, away from the hawking eyes of parents and faithful spouses. And love motels fill that void with cheap hourly rates, see through bathrooms and complimentary condoms. In Seoul, there are entire streets dedicated to the art of love making at an hourly rate. Universities have love motel streets for campus couples to release their alcohol fueled hormones. Business districts have love motels in back alleys for professionals that want to sneak in a quickie. And for some reason, the backstreets of some baseball stadiums have them too. Among all these, the most famous of love motel streets is in Sinchon. Situated in the middle of three major universities and a neighborhood full of bars and horny college people, Sinchon is one of the hubs of college sex. And business is banging (pun intended ;)). Weekend nights, you’ll have to put your name on a wait list full of other lustfuls to get a room. There’s also point cards for regular customers (one night free for every 10 nights!).
Tip: Even if you’re not looking for a place to shag, love motels are actually quite good for travelers. They have nice interiors (sometimes better than traditional hotels) and are usually cheaper to stay in. Haggle your way to a better rate for longer term stays (more than a few hours).
How to get there: Sinchon Station (신촌역), Line 2, Exit 4 (first left).
Contrary to the image of Korean chastity that older and traditional Koreans would love to portray, hook up culture is definitely alive in Korea. One night stands (or “one night” in Korean) exist here just like in any sin city. But you’ll have to seek out contemporary Koreans that are more inclined to give in to the burning lust within (and of course, alcohol to fan the flames). Although only a small percentage of the population participates in such lustful activities, you’ll still find them at the same places they’re found around the world: bars, lounges and clubs. In Itaewon, Glam is famous for its mingling cocktail bar culture. Pretty girls, expensive cocktails, and guys that can pay for them is a pretty good recipe for lust-based interactions. For sheer volume, Club Ellui and Club Ocatagon in Gangnam are super clubs that have a loyal army of clubbers. There’s dark lights and alcoholic beverages that make everyone look better. Plus there’s more skin. Hook ups overflow out of these places.
How to get there:
Glam Lounge: Itaewon Station (이탸원역), Line 6, Exit 1 (first right)
Club Ellui: Taxi to Ellui Hotel (엘루이호텔)
Club Ocatgon: Taxi to New Hilltop Hotel (뉴힐탑호텔)
Booking (called “nite” in Korean) is a unique clubbing experience in Korea. Men will go with their male friends, get a table, order drinks and some anju (bar food). Women go with their female friends and do the same. The waiter will then invite the women to sit with the men, matching men and women up one by one. If things work out, a newly formed pair can end up together the rest of the night. If not, the girl can get up and leave whenever she wants to seek someone better.
Essentially, girls and guys meet total strangers and choose to stay with them or not. And it is exactly how it sounds. Meeting the opposite sex is so fleeting and at one’s own volition, that booking clubs have become a hotbed for hooking up. It’s definitely high on the lust scale, and Koreans consider booking clubs to be one of the more sinful of places. So, don’t talk to your boss or future parents in law about this.
This is an older form of nightly entertainment that’s gradually giving way to modern forms of clubbing. But they still exist in places around the country. To try, you can try Gangnam’s H2o.
How to get there:
Taxi to Riviera Hotel (호텔리베라)
How does Seoul’s lust compare with your city? Leave a comment and let us know!