Seoul, the buzzing hard-working, heaving drinking capital of South Korea. For an energetic city break Seoul offers so much, from street markets, palaces, temples to skyscrapers and slick shopping. Seoul is a hub of energy & enterprise with over 20 million people busy at work.
Gay Seoul has two main areas, Itaewon district’s adeptly named ‘Homo Hill’, a foreigner-friendly entertainment district and ‘Jongro-3, an almost exclusive gay Korean party street. Expect the parties to start late and finish even later, most guys head out after 11 pm and many of the clubs don’t start to empty 5-6 am.
South Korea in general is a sexually conservative society. While Korea has never had laws against homosexuality, it dose not mean it’s a sign of tolerance or acceptance. Like many countries, attitudes are changing, especially within cities and among young people. Many gay Koreans choose not to reveal their sexual identity to colleagues and to family members. Equally, same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not entitled to the same legal protections available to heterosexuals.
All male citizens of South Korea must complete two years of mandatory military service. Upon joining the military men take a “psychology test” which includes questions regarding sexual preferences. Recruits who are homosexual can be classed as having a “personality disorder” which can result in being institutionalized (a person who becomes a long-term patient or prisoner of the government) or dishonorably discharged. In 2010 the issue has been appealed to Korea’s constitutional court, as of 2016 no final decision has been made by the court.
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