1. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
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  3. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  4. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  5. Drama: Meteor Garden
  6. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  7. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  8. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  9. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  10. Moon festival
  11. Band: LOVEBITES
  12. Chinese Traditional clothing
  13. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  14. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  15. Review: Wish
  16. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  17. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  18. Book: The White Book
  19. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  20. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  21. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  22. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  23. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  24. Artist: Hanggai
  25. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  26. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  27. Produce 101 China
  28. Crossfaith (interview)
  29. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  30. Food: Ramen
  31. Artist: Jackson Wang
  32. Special: BTSXARMY
  33. SPECIAL: BTS
  34. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  35. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  36. 10 years of SHINee
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  38. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  39. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  40. Artist: Miyavi
  41. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  42. 10 Korean Proverbs
  43. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  44. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  45. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
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  47. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
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  56. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
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  60. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  61. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  62. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
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  66. 12 Days of Love in Korea
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  68. Valentine’s day in Japan
  69. Terracotta Army
  70. Beauty in Korea
  71. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  72. Chinese New Year
  73. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
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  77. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  78. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  79. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  80. Review: Kaomoji
  81. Chopsticks
  82. Drama Review: Save Me
  83. LGBT in Japan
  84. Artist: Zhao Lei
  85. The power of BB Cream
  86. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  87. LGBT in China
  88. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  89. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  90. Rental bikes
  91. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  92. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  93. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  94. The Three Sovereigns
  95. LGTB in South Korea
  96. Japanese street food
  97. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  98. Mumun Pottery
  99. Boygroup: SF9
  100. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  101. Izanagi & Izanami
  102. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  103. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  104. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
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  106. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  107. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  108. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  109. Halloween in Japan
  110. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  111. Halloween in China
  112. Halloween in Korea
  113. Social Media in China? No!
  114. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  115. Camera Japan Festival
  116. Movie Review: Noise
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  1. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  2. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  3. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  4. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  5. Drama: Meteor Garden
  6. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  7. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  8. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  9. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  10. Moon festival
  11. Band: LOVEBITES
  12. Chinese Traditional clothing
  13. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  14. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  15. Review: Wish
  16. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  17. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  18. Book: The White Book
  19. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  20. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  21. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  22. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  23. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  24. Artist: Hanggai
  25. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  26. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  27. Produce 101 China
  28. Crossfaith (interview)
  29. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  30. Food: Ramen
  31. Artist: Jackson Wang
  32. Special: BTSXARMY
  33. SPECIAL: BTS
  34. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  35. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  36. 10 years of SHINee
  37. Drama review: Erased
  38. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  39. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  40. Artist: Miyavi
  41. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  42. 10 Korean Proverbs
  43. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  44. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  45. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  46. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  47. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  48. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  49. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  50. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  51. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  52. Religion in Japan
  53. C-Pop
  54. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  55. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  56. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  57. Boygroup: GOT7
  58. Artist: BABYMETAL
  59. Online shopping in China
  60. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  61. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  62. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  63. Boygroup: Day6
  64. Drama Review: Last Friend
  65. Valentine’s day in China
  66. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  67. Valentine’s day in Korea
  68. Valentine’s day in Japan
  69. Terracotta Army
  70. Beauty in Korea
  71. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  72. Chinese New Year
  73. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  74. Review: Snackfever subscription
  75. Cat Cafe
  76. Religion in China
  77. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  78. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  79. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  80. Review: Kaomoji
  81. Chopsticks
  82. Drama Review: Save Me
  83. LGBT in Japan
  84. Artist: Zhao Lei
  85. The power of BB Cream
  86. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  87. LGBT in China
  88. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  89. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  90. Rental bikes
  91. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  92. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  93. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  94. The Three Sovereigns
  95. LGTB in South Korea
  96. Japanese street food
  97. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  98. Mumun Pottery
  99. Boygroup: SF9
  100. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  101. Izanagi & Izanami
  102. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  103. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  104. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  105. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  106. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  107. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  108. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  109. Halloween in Japan
  110. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  111. Halloween in China
  112. Halloween in Korea
  113. Social Media in China? No!
  114. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  115. Camera Japan Festival
  116. Movie Review: Noise
  117. Heungbu and Nolbu
  118. Konpeitō
  119. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  120. Chinese Street Food
  121. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  122. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  123. Jeulmun Pottery
  124. Boyband: NEWS
  125. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  126. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  127. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  128. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  129. Review: Hite
  130. The Rising Sun Flag
  131. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  132. Drama review: Hwarang
  133. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
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In these times I really want to talk about LGTB in this world, it’s becoming more open yet increasingly hard to come out as either of these. Unlike what a lot of people in the western part of the world think not being “straight” is put under severe stress in Asia.

In South Korea same-sex sexual activity is legal however you can not marry or become one in any other form of legal partnership because it is not legal. The law states that no person should be discriminated against yet the military law calls sex between two males harassment or rape. Military court has made an appeal in 2010 to have this changed yet there hasn’t been any action for the change.
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Military
Military service is mandatory for all males in South Korea, when they enlist they have to go through a psychology test that include several questions about the sexual preference of the enlisted. If you are indeed gay, you will be labeled as having a Personality Disorder or Behavioural disability and will be either institutionalized or dishonorably discharged.
Even though Amnesty has been very active, the ‘Gay witch hunt’ still goes on in the military and most of the young men to have been in sexual contact in or outside of the compounds are charged with up to two years jail even if it was in mutual agreement.

Read more about the witch hunt here

Transgender
The Supreme Court of South Korea has ruled that in order for a person to be eligible for a sex-change operation they must be over 20 years of age, single and without children.[12] In the case of MTF (Male-to-Female) gender reassignment operations, the person must prove issues related to draft resolved by either serving or being exempted. On 22 June 2006, however the Supreme Court ruled that transgender individuals who had undergone successful sex reassignment surgery have the right to declare themselves in their new sex in all legal documents. This includes the right to request a correction of their gender-on-file in all public and government records such as the census registry.
On March 2013, the Seoul Western District Court ruled that five female-to-male transgender individuals can be registered as male without sex reassignment surgery.

History
Throughout Korean history Homosexuality was never illegal. There isn’t much or any mention of it in traditional literary it is known that there were several nobilities and monks who had been open about their sexuality. Two kings of the Goryeo era, King Mokjong and King Gongmin, kept “Wonchung” (male lovers) as “Little brother attendants” Chajewhi. Who served them as sexual partners.

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King Gongmin

 

During the Joseon Era before the Japanese annexation there were travelling theater groups known as namsandang which included underaged males called midong (beautiful boys). The troupes provided “various types of entertainment, including band music, song, masked dance, circus, and puppet plays,” sometimes with graphic representations of same-sex intercourse.

Life
There are still a lot of LGTB people in Korea, Even while it’s a complete taboo and people will still look at people as if they’re shameful for being in love. There are still a couple of low profile gay clubs. Most of them located in international catering Itaewon, known as ‘Homo-Hill’. Though Jong-No has been catering non-western for a long time with same sex friendly shops, bars and other establishments. I do have to say that a lot of the gay bars/saunas/clubs will not allow women into their midst and I havent found anything strictly lesbian/bisexual yet.

Pride parades are also held every single year. In Daegu the first was in 2009 and Busan held it’s first pride parade in 2017.  In July 2017, an estimated 85,000 people marched in the streets of Seoul in support of LGBT rights. The event was first held in 2000 and turnout has increased every year since then. In 2016, there were 50,000 attendees.

The Korean word for “homosexual” is Dongseongaeja (Hangul: 동성애자; Hanja: 同性愛者, “same-sex lover”). A less politically correct term is Dongseongyeonaeja (“동성연애자” 同性戀愛者). South Korean homosexuals however, make frequent use of the term ibanin (“이반인”; “異般人” also “二般人”) which can be translated as “different type person”, and is usually shortened to iban (“이반”; “異般”). The word is a direct play on the word ilban-in (일반인; 一般人) meaning “normal person” or “ordinary person”. In addition, English loanwords are used in South Korea to describe LGBTQ people. These words are simple transliterations of English words into hangeul: lesbian is lejeubieon or yeoseongae (레즈비언/여성애; 女性愛), gay is gei or namseongae (게이/남성애; 男性愛), queer is kuieo (퀴어), and transgender is teuraenseujendeo (트랜스젠더). Bisexual is “yangseongaeja” (양성애자; 兩性愛者). As of 2013, male bisexuality has only been studied once in the country.

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Media
Copied directly from wikipedia:
South Korea’s first gay-themed magazine, Buddy, launched in 1998 and several popular gay-themed commercials have also aired.

Paving the way for television was the 2005 South Korean film The King and the Clown, a gay-themed movie based on a court affair between a king and his male jester. The movie became the highest grossing in Korean film history, surpassing both Silmido and Taegukgi. The Korean title for The King and the Clown is “왕의 남자” which translates as “The King’s Man” with the implication that it refers to the man as being the King’s lover. Other recent movies include 2008 film A Frozen Flower (Korean: 쌍화점) and No Regret (Korean: 후회하지 않아) by celebrated director Leesong hee-il (Korean: 이송희일), which starred in the 2006 Busan International Film Festival.

Mainstream Korean television shows have begun to feature gay characters and themes. In 2010, the soap opera Life Is Beautiful (Korean: 인생은 아름다워) premiered on SBS broadcast TV, becoming the first prime-time drama to explore a gay male couple’s relationship as their unwitting families set them up on dates with women. That same year, Personal Taste (Korean: 개인의 취향, also “Personal Preference”) was broadcast on MBC and revolved around a straight man who pretends to be gay to become a woman’s roommate. Before these was Coming Out, which debuted on cable channel tvN in late night in 2008, in which a gay actor and straight actress counseled gays with publicly acknowledging their sexual orientation.

Openly LGBT entertainment figures include model and actress Harisu, a trans woman who makes frequent appearances in television.
Actor Hong Seok-cheon, after coming out in 2000 and being fired from her job has since returned to her acting career. She has appeared in several debate programs in support of gay rights.

Popular actor Kim Ji-hoo, who was openly gay, hanged himself on 8 October 2008. Police attributed his suicide to public prejudice against homosexuality.

“The Daughters of Bilitis” a KBS Drama Special about the lives of lesbian women, aired on 7 August 2011. Immediately after it aired, internet message boards lit up with outraged protesters who threatened to boycott the network. The production crew eventually shut down the online re-run service in four days after the broadcast.

“XY She,” a KBS Joy cable talk show about MTF transgender individuals, was virtually cancelled after its first episode due to public opposition. The network cited concern over attacks on MCs and other cast-members as the official reason for cancellation.

In 2013, movie director Kim Jho Kwang-soo and his partner Kim Seung-hwan became the first South Korean gay couple to publicly wed, although it was not a legally recognized marriage.

Korea’s opinion today
these days there’s been a shift among people’s opinions in Korea. In a poll that was taken recently a lot of the people want it to be less of a taboo; Significantly, there is a very large age gap on this issue: in 2013, 71% of South Koreans aged between 18 and 29 believed that homosexuality should be accepted, compared to only 16% of South Koreans aged 50 and over.

In April 2013, a Gallup poll, which was commissioned by a conservative Christian group, found that 25% of South Koreans supported same-sex marriage, while 67% opposed it and 8% did not know or answer. However, a May 2013 Ipsos poll found that 26% of respondents were in favor of same-sex marriage and another 31% supported other form of recognition for same-sex couples.

Don’t ever be afraid to love.
So maybe any time soon, this will be much more open in South Korea, let’s just hope and keep loving every single person.

I heard though that there is no need to be shy when you visit one of the gay bars in South Korea… go and have fun and send us the pictures and your stories!

 

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