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Advisory: There are no laws proscribing lesbian sex. Korea witnessed its first lesbian commitment ceremony on November 27, 1995. Recent comments from the judiciary have been supportive of same-sex partnerships. Anti-discrimination laws have been enacted protecting homosexuals and education about homosexuality is now taking place in lower schools. Seoul has both an annual GLBT film festival and a Queer Culture festival.


General Information


Organizations

  • Kiri-Kiri
      Kwang-hwa-moon Post Office Box 1816 Seoul 110-618, Korea, (82-2) 363-7213, email. Lesbian group for Korean speakers with over 200 members. The name means "togetherness". They produce a magazine called "Yet Another World".
  • Korean Sexual Minority Culture and Rights Center (KSCRC)
      5/F Samheung Bld, 256-2 Hangangno, 2-Ga Yongsan-gu, 140-871, Seoul Korea, (82-2) 797-5034, email. The first center for sexual minorities (e.g. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, iban, tongsungyaeja, and "?"), people living with HIV/AIDS, and those who support the rights of sexual minorities in Korea. KSCRC aims to provide safe/creative place for culturing their own sexualities and genders as well as empowerment via cultural events, research, education, policy advocacy, counseling, and publication. KSCRC serves as a national center to protect and promote the well being of Korean sexual minorities as well as to celebrate our diversity.
  • Korea Queer Culture Festival
      0505-336-2003, 0505-339-2003, email. Organizers of the annual pride festival in Seoul. Click here for a report on their 3rd annual festival in 2003.
  • Lesbian 40-plus Social Group UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2013
      email. Contact them for information about this group for older gay women, both foreign and Korean. All ages are welcome to join, but there is a special focus on lesbians 40 years and older.
  • Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea
      5/F Tojong Wang-Sundae Bld #11, Dongja-Dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, (822) 778-9982, FAX (822) 775-9983, email. This group seeks to abolish discrimination against sexual minorities; foster cooperation among minority groups; establish an alliance against oppression of workers; establish shields against illegal investigation of gay bars and biased news reporting about sexual minorities; and to strengthen HIV/AIDS education aimed at youth.



PUSAN / BUSAN -- area code (82-51)

General Information

    The population of Pusan nearing 4 million (that's over 150,000 Utopians).

  • BusanSisters
      Email. A group of fun-loving gay women who meet regularly and want to meet other lesbians who live in the Pusan area.


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • MVG (Most Valuable Guest) UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2013
        Map. Seomyeon area, about 5 minutes walk from Exit 1 of the subway station, just past Fuzzy Navel tacos. Almost right beside Shane. A lesbian club that stays open late. It's small, but has a dance floor and a great DJ. No men allowed.
    • Shane UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2013
        Map. Seomyeon area, about 5 minutes walk from Exit 1 of the subway station, just past Fuzzy Navel tacos. Shane has a bright orange sign and is on 6/F. Lounge style club wuth booths around the outside. It's a great way to relax and start off the night. No men allowed.



SEOUL -- area code (82-2)

General Information

    Seoul is clean, sleek and modern with an excellent public transportation system and champagne taste in all things trendy and fashionable. The cheap airport train from Incheon International Airport is 43 minutes direct to Seoul Station where you can connect to other parts of the city by subway. Gimpo International is even closer to the city center.

    If you're looking for flavors of old Korea you can visit some of the temples and palaces that dot the huge metropolitan sprawl, as well as the arts and crafts neighborhood of Insadong with its galleries, street vendors hawking traditional foods, and old Korean buildings turned into restaurants and inns.

    Itaewon, an international enclave, was, until recently, firmly rooted in 1950s America with its GI Joe (and Jane) US military presence and old time "juicy girl" bars (a nickname that sprang from overpriced juice drinks that one had to buy bar hostesses). These days the funky old shops and residential streets are being quickly replaced with trend-setting designer boutiques and world-class cafés and restaurants (especially the flashy new east side of Itaewon). Itaewon has an active gay scene and dozens of restaurants owned by local gay entrepeneurs. There are also more than a hundred small bars located in the center of Seoul in the Nagwon Dong neighborhood to the north and east of Topkol Park (Independence Park) which is on Jongno Avenue. Other areas with some gay life are Apkujong, Kangnam, Myongdong, and Shinchon.

    But, while Seoul wears thoroughly modern make-up and South Korea has some of the strongest legal protections for equal rights, underneath, Korean society is still very much tied to conservative "Father Knows Best" values of a bygone American era along with the spread of the kookiest sorts of intolerant Christian cults. All this is changing fast, of course, and Korea's capital city is on a bullet train to the hip-hop future. Catch a ride soon, as the vestiges Seoul's past are quick becoming Disneyfied (those terribly fake looking beards and mustaches on the Gyeongbokgung Palace "guards" for example).

    The population of Seoul is over 10 million and almost half a million Utopians live here. Most of them meet online through the usual cruising websites and you'll find quite a number of foreigners from around the world, including young and hot US soldiers, looking for encounters with you.

  • Girlports has a great guide to the women's scene in Seoul.


Organizations

  • The Seoul Queer Film & Video Festival
      Nakwon-dong 195-1, Midong Building #301, Chongno-ku Seoul, Republic of Korea, email.


Popular Spots

Accommodations


Bars and Clubs

      Lesbian clubs are hard enough for Korean women to find let alone visitors. Most of them are Korean-style (little English if any spoken) in the Sinchon area around Ewha Women’s University and between the Sangsu-dong area and Hongik University. Try contacting Seoulsisters or some of the mixed gay spots listed below in Itaewon for starters.

      ITAEWON & "HOMO HILL"

click for our interactive map of Itaewon

    • OWOO (Nordic Lounge) (mixed) UTOPIA VISITED APR 2012
        4/F, 127-1 Itaewon Dong, Young-San Gu, Utopia Map, 790-6610, email. From the Itaewon Subway Station Exit 3, walk straight ahead one block and make a right. OWOO is in the building on the corner, across from the fire station. Press the gold button in the elevator to go to 4/F. Gay-owned OWOO is a northern European styled Nordic lounge bar. A cozy and comfortable place for everybody including gays, lesbians and straights. Management said as of Apr 2012 the crowd was 80% G&L and busiest on weekends. Utopia Member Discount
    • Miracle UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2011
        Lesbian bar at the top of Homo Hill. Discreet and nice.
    • Soho (mixed) UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2012
        Utopia Map, 797-2280, (019) 357-3235, email. Adjacent to Why Not? and opposite Always Homme. From the Itaewon Subway Station Exit 3, walk straight ahead one block and make a right, then take the 2nd left. You'll see a sign for Soho on the right side of this uphill lane about half a block up. Friendly, international bar. English speaking staff. Several small TV screens.
    • Why Not? UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2012
        137-4 Yongsan-Ku (see map), Utopia Map, 795-8193, email. From the Itaewon Subway Station Exit 3, walk straight ahead one block and make a right, then take the 2nd left. You'll see a sign for Why Not? on the right side of this uphill lane about half a block up. House music draws the dance crowd after midnight until dawn. Upscale local/foreign crowd with higher ranking soldiers, embassy workers, foreign English and educated, well-dressed Koreans. Very nice staff who make conversation with everyone and seem to be having a genuinely good time. The club plays American pop remixes, techno and some house. Open late. Busiest between 12:30-2:30am. Highly recommended for visitors. Some lesbian patrons as well. 용산구 이태원 137-4


      JONGNO / NAGWON DONG

      Jongno is Seoul's biggest gay enclave, with more than a hundred clubs and venues located in the center of Seoul in the Nagwon Dong neighborhood to the north and east of Topkol Park (Independence Park). The majority are quite small and serve a traditional Korean clientele, now mostly mature. But, Jongno is changing with the times and newer additions to the gay neighborhood tend to be larger, more open and more international in outlook. During the day the neighborhood is known for musical instrument shops, traditional arts and crafts stores, tea houses, and the nearby Insadong shopping road. In the evening, the lanes and alleys of this densely packed, low-rise area, become filled with food tents, tipsy salarymen, and thousands of gay men going to and from their favorite havens. If you have a Korean friend along to translate, you might like to visit one of the traditional soju bang, serving snacks and Korean and Chinese-style liquer. But if you're alone, try some of the bars listed below where you'll be at ease with a more international gay bar system and friendly, English-speaking staff to welcome you.

click for our interactive map of Jongno

    • Jongno OWOO UTOPIA VISITED APR 2012
        4/F, Utopia Map, 070-7620-6610, email. Coming out of Jongno 3-ga Subway Station Exit 5, look at the opposite side of the street for a small lit sign of a white silouette of a stag head. Sister of the main branch in Itaewon, this club became instantly popular with Jongno's Gen-Y crowd (20 and 30-somethings) who mostly congregate at the tables in groups. A cocktail lounge with snacks, the environment is modern, incorporating wood textures, and feels more like a restaurant than a lounge. Pop and K-Pop beats keep the pace uptempo. Once-a-month party exclusively for OWOO's Facebook friends. Open nightly until early morning. Most crowded on weekends. Utopia Member Discount


      SINCHON / HONGDAE / HONGIK UNIVERSITY

    • Guwal (September)
        322 3111. Not far from Bar W. A small local Korean-style bar. Friendly and welcoming for women.
    • Manyo
        Hongdae (off Hongdae Park, behind the Krispy Kreme store). Not far from Labyrs. Look for a sign with a cat on it.
    • Monghwang UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2011
        Lesbian-owned and operated. Take Exit #2 from the Shinchon Station and walk towards Yonsei -- turn left at the last alley before the bridge (there's a big church across the street). Go down the alley about 50 meters and you will see a sign that says "Bar Indigo". Turn left in front of that sign -- there's a building set back from the alley, with a sign written in Hanja (no Korean or English). That's Mongwhan. Busiest on Sat night.


Meeting Places

      SINCHON / HONGDAE / HONGIK UNIVERSITY

    • "Lesbian Park"
        Shinchon, behind Hyundai department store across from the entrance to its car park. Yes, the rather severely paved triangular park, on one side of which is located Seoul's Erotic Art Museum and Gallery. Lesbians flock here on Sun afternoons.


Restaurants and Cafes

      ITAEWON

      The trendy and bustling restaurant lane behind the Hamilton Hotel is packed with late night eateries that, as one local restaurateur estimated, are nearly 50% gay-owned. The spillover from the gay bars means that the venues and alleyways here are also prime cruising spots.

click for our interactive map of Itaewon

    • Restaurant Lane UTOPIA VISITED APR 2012
        Utopia Map. This small street running behind the Hamiltion Hotel is packed with popular eateries and lots of gay patrons as well.


      JONGNO / NAGWON DONG

click for our interactive map of Jongno

      Sanchon (Korean temple cooking) UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2010
        14 Kwanhoon-Dong Chongro-Gu, Utopia Map, 735-0312. Extraordinary traditional Korean vegetarian temple feast served in dozens of small bowls in the charming environment of an old courtyard home. All sorts of unusual grasses, herbs, fermented soy soups, kimchee, rice noodles, tubers, roots, seaweed, vegetable pancakes, garlic paste, and on and on. End it all with your choice of delicious teas and light rice puff sweets. Come a bit early for dinner if you want to avoid the more expensive seating with traditional dance show.



TAEGU / DAEGU -- area code (82-53)

General Information

    The population of Taegu is 2.4 million (that's 100,000 Utopians).

Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • The People's Club (mixed)
        3/F Daehyun Bld, Chilseong (3 minutes walk from the Chilseong subway station), 941-7989, email. A nice quiet spot that welcomes gays and lesbians, especially Fri and Sat nights. Take subway exit #4. When you get to the street turn left and walk across the bridge, keep going straight, past the main Nonghyup Bank for Kyongsanbukdo. The Daehyun Bld is on the left, opposite the main post office. There is a large restaurant on the ground floor, Karaoke on the 2nd, and People's Club is on the 3rd. They offer Korean and western food, music, a free billiard table, darts, sports TV, and table top games. Friendly, open-minded staff. The owner, Anthony, is from London and welcomes all Utopians. Utopia Member Discount
    • Rock
        A lesbian bar with a small karaoke stage. It is located across the street from Keimyung Universty's downtown campus in Daemyungdong. The bar is on 2/F, directly across the street from the university at the cross walk where you can find many other bars. You can take Subway Exit 1 at Myungduk Subway stop on the red line. Walk out of the exit and round the corner and walk about 6 blocks, to the university. If you are lost or in cab just ask for Keimyung University Damyungdong.



TAEJON / DAEJON -- area code (82-42)

General Information

    The population of Taejon is over 1.54 million (that's over 55,000 Utopians).

Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs and  Cabarets

    • Oksusu (corn)
        254-0046. Nearby chung gu cheng. On second floor. Clean and comfortable. Open from 18:00 until late with disco on Fri and Sat. Welcomes foreigners. Young lesbian crowd.



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