The 7 Deadly Sins of Seoul: LUST – Seoulistic

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.


Love Motels in Seoul

Love motel street in Sinchon

Love motel street in Sinchon

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).

Bars, Lounges and Clubs

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)

Uniquely Korean Clubs (Booking Clubs)

Private room for booking in Seoul's Club i

Private room for booking in Seoul’s Club i

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!

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. GIM says:

    Wherever I have been in the world, it has always been possible to find young ladies willing to rent themselves out, sometimes with remarkable discounts. There were those that were interested in just the experience.

    I would scarcely consider that fact a reason for characterizing everyone of the female persuasion in the country as being easy and/or cheap. That’s just silly.

  2. guy001 says:

    does the government workout anything to control sex diseases, like AIDS?
    it can become rampart easily

    • Office Lady says:

      from what I could tell, HIV tests are included with the mandatory bi-annual health checkup by the national health insurance. Once you reach 40, I think the health checks become yearly.

  3. Elleyess says:

    great post; can’t wait to see how you interpret the entire series and love the pun 😉

  4. onionsoup3 says:

    I only count six.

  5. Drake Chan says:

    I am so going to go to all of these places when I go to Seoul for an Epic Vacation. 😀

  6. thespeechlessbacon says:

    Whoa. This is something! Korea has really embraced the changes in the society, mainly because of the many cultures injected into its society. This article is an eye-opener to everyone, Korean or not. However, I hope that Korea remains a country rooted to its rich culture because it’d be a waste if everything that could be seen in this beautiful country are things that do not “naturally” belong there. I hope I get to visit this country before I turn 25! 😀

  7. Vipsy says:

    When and where?

  8. RB Dar says:

    Any clubs you can recommend in Incheon for a generous American in his 50’s?

  9. Does the government workout anything to control sex diseases, like AIDS? etc

  10. hani says:

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  11. John says:

    @Seoul: I am from Africa. With big dig. Contact at my mail. Promise u will have the highest pleasure u never experienced!!!

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