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6 Things you didn't know about Korea's gay culture

By AllK_Maknae   Thursday, September 8, 2016   187,821   686   3



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Although Korea is found usually denying it, there are gay people all around the globe - including Seoul. While it is still considered highly taboo, gay culture is expanding in Korea and becoming more recognized amongst millennials.

SEE ALSO: First openly gay idol HOLLAND to debut as a solo artist

With that being saod, there are still some unique parts of Korea's gay culture many still don't know about, and today, light will be shed about the topic here. Check these interesting bits of information on Korea's gay culture!

Drag Queens

Believe it or not, Korea is home to a lot of Drag Queens. Some may think "If Koreans don't believe in homosexuality, would I even see a drag queen?" The answer is yes. At gay clubs, art showcases, nightly performances, comedy shows and even protests, Drag Queens can be seen throughout Korea more than you'd expect. Well, at least in Itaewon. A couple of famous Drag Queens hailing from Korea are Hurricane Kimchi and current TV sensation, Kim Chi. Talk about pride in one's country, huh?.

Gay Apps

If you're not familiar with Gay dating apps (which I'm sure most people aren't), then you may mix up the gays from the straights in Korea since most of the men are a tad bit more feminine than you'd expect. All this aside, Korea's government actually bans the usage of popular gay dating apps such as 'Grindr' (Gay Tinder, but gays had it first!!) and many others. However, some tech-savvy naysayers developed apps of their own in search of their fellow friends. Believe it or not, Seoul is littered with gay men and you can't even get past the 100th man mark in the app before it reaches the '1 mile away' status.Even Youtubers can't resist talking about it.

Support Groups

In a society that shuns gay people due to a multitude of reasons, it may be hard to live comfortably or find peace within yourself. Luckily, Korea offers a plethora of support groups that cater to gay culture in their own unique way. Not only is there an annual Gay pride but also there is a fun rainbow walk through the streets of Itaewon, mini concerts in support of awareness, Facebook groups to join, gay choirs, and, one of the cutest advocates yet, 'Parents of LGBT Children.'

'Parents of LGBT Children' are a group of mothers that walk around during LGBTQ events to give hugs and share the love with the gay people of Korea. It is quite an emotional display as some of the people break down in tears from the warm embrace of an ahjumma saying they will love them unconditionally. TT_TT

Sex Shops

Now don't think gay people are just horny or incarnations of the devil -- they are human and have needs, too. So some vendors support those needs and are gay-friendly by selling sexy underwear, clothing and other erotic accessories. There is actually a shop in Seomyeon, Busan for those who are curious. I'd say tell 'em I sent you, but I won't be in Korea anytime soon myself.

Gay Towns & Saunas

Now this is a definite 'hold da phone' moment as even I was not prepared for seeing this when visiting Korea. Believe it or not, there are many gay oriented jimjjilbangs (saunas) in Korea that have some unique rules when attending (be aware of which tub you decide to bathe in).

But allk_maknae, how do you know you're in a gay jimjjilbang? Usually Korean spas, saunas, and gay friendly bars offer a bit of symbolism or signage (such as rainbow stickers and such) outside the door or by the register so you can identify it as gay friendly. However, in places like Jongno it may be a bit more difficult. It only recently became a place of gay nightlife and is evolving rapidly with more bars, but it is mainly among Koreans themselves who spread the word through the grapevine, leaving 'Homo Hill' in Itaewon more of a place for foreigners if anything.

Gay Seoul Guide

Just in case you were curious of where to go, what to do and where to stay when visiting Korea for any gay-related reason, there is actually a useful resource made just for the LGBTQ community! The Gay Seoul Guide of 2016 (which updates every year) gives you all the trending information such as where the hottest bars are, which hotels are cheapest and closest to gay nightlife, and it even offers sites such as 'travelgayasia' for you to discover the gayest parts of Seoul and more!

Next time you visit South Korea, you may be more aware of the gay community now!

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ElNora Saturday, September 17, 2016

First, LGBQT haters: WHY are you here? Is your Str8t live so PATHETIC and LOVELESS that you come HERE to bash those of us who KNOW that LOVE has no boundaries? Second, POWER to the Korean Fam!! So glad to see the support, and just a word of kindness and prayer to you, because the struggle is REAL, and WE do suffer, and WE do have to be closeted in some area's of the world. All MEN are supposedly created EQUAL, but only if you fit inside the Worldly Governments' measurements. I envision a day when sexual orientation is not even a conversation. Sadly, this thread shows that to be a long way away.Thirdly, I have made many observations since I came out of the closet 35 years ago(you have no idea how bad it was then), that those who bash LGBTQ's the MOST have deep rooted issues in their own sexuality, and bullying us is compensation for failure to face their own demons. God bless you my GayAsia Fam!!

DJ_OKOV4 (Banned) Saturday, September 10, 2016

LGBT is about lust not love, and dont use My lovely Rainbow as your symbol you fckin disgusting community

aleeshaskip  DJ_OKOV4 (Banned) Saturday, September 10, 2016

I agree

YoUrAvErAgEVIP  DJ_OKOV4 (Banned) Wednesday, September 14, 2016

On my life y'all to idiots are still here like... wow

DJ_OKOV4 (Banned) YoUrAvErAgEVIP Thursday, September 15, 2016

do not life then ;)

wonderboy47 Friday, September 9, 2016

Great article AKPOP! I'm glad they are dispelling the idea that there are no gays in Korea and such and no places for the gays in Korea to go.

dan_dae_hyun Friday, September 9, 2016

Is kinda sad see some millennials and centennials living like in middle age :(

uzorai Friday, September 9, 2016

seriously speakin,correct mi if i m wrong,buh southkorea is one country dat dey hav citizens n celebrities dat r vey diferent from der real self n dat is y most pple hav trust issues wit der favourite celeb bcus dey lie,der companies lie,der manager lie n is a shame dat it is mostly der fans dat say d trut buh sumtimes der fans do lie as well. Wat m tryin 2 say in a nutshell is dat, i neva knew dat der r pple in southkorea dat pratice lgbt.

InvisibleBBC02 uzorai Sunday, September 11, 2016

This comment is ebola to my eyes... and brain ._.

Firearmy Friday, September 9, 2016

Why i live in the same planet with them :( no wonder world became worst today

dan_dae_hyun Firearmy Friday, September 9, 2016

Yeah.. 'cause people like you honey.

aleeshaskip Firearmy Saturday, September 10, 2016

Yeah ik...with all these gay people the world is getting worse...

ElNora aleeshaskip Saturday, September 17, 2016

Your ignorance is appalling. With roughly ten percent of the ENTIRE planet identifying as TRULY gay or Lesbian,your assumption is statistically impossible. Grow up and read a book, study statistics, and get an EDUCATION. STATISTICALLY speaking, gays are more affluent, educated, and worldly than their st8t counterparts, who coincidently have a 53% chance of their "perfect" heterosexual relationships ending in DIVORCE. Please, for the love of all that is sacred, give your brain an education so your mouth loses it's flappability and makes you a fool, again.

ThisGuy Friday, September 9, 2016

Well i know where i'm going on vacation soon :)

Firearmy Friday, September 9, 2016

Lord Jesus, please save them from hell fire

aleeshaskip Firearmy Friday, September 9, 2016

I pray that too

teleri Firearmy Friday, September 9, 2016

Helle is a very fair Norse Goddess - I doubt She cares what sexual orientation one has....

aleeshaskip teleri Saturday, September 10, 2016

Shutup it's HELL not HELLE learn to read, dumbass

teleri aleeshaskip Sunday, September 11, 2016

You really are ignorant. The term "hell' COMES from the Norse Goddess Helle - LOL - daughter of Loki. Sheesh, get an education honey.

strawberryyyjin Friday, September 9, 2016

....  the store shown for "gay shops" is a popular shop called too cool for school... a makeup company. I'm 99.999% sure allkpop just saw the photo of the shirtless guy and chose it.

HitlerUnicorn Friday, September 9, 2016

"We don't worry that our sons and daughters are gay; we worry that they'll have to live in a world full of hate and discrimination." Or "We hope the society that LGBTQ don't need to prepare to come out while afraid of their parents to accept them or not." As a closeted bisexual this really hit hard.

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