1. Restaurant: Ramen Brothers
  2. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  3. Social Media: TikTok
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  5. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  6. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  7. Empress Wu
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  12. Interview: LOVEBITES
  13. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  14. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  15. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  16. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  17. Drama: Meteor Garden
  18. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  19. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  20. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  21. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  22. Moon festival
  23. Band: LOVEBITES
  24. Chinese Traditional clothing
  25. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  26. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  27. Review: Wish
  28. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  29. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  30. Book: The White Book
  31. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  32. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  33. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  34. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  35. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  36. Artist: Hanggai
  37. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  38. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  39. Produce 101 China
  40. Crossfaith (interview)
  41. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  42. Food: Ramen
  43. Artist: Jackson Wang
  44. Special: BTSXARMY
  45. SPECIAL: BTS
  46. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  47. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  48. 10 years of SHINee
  49. Drama review: Erased
  50. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  51. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  52. Artist: Miyavi
  53. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  54. 10 Korean Proverbs
  55. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  56. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  57. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  58. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  59. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  60. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  61. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  62. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  63. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  64. Religion in Japan
  65. C-Pop
  66. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  67. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  68. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  69. Boygroup: GOT7
  70. Artist: BABYMETAL
  71. Online shopping in China
  72. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  73. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  74. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  75. Boygroup: Day6
  76. Drama Review: Last Friend
  77. Valentine’s day in China
  78. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  79. Valentine’s day in Korea
  80. Valentine’s day in Japan
  81. Terracotta Army
  82. Beauty in Korea
  83. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  84. Chinese New Year
  85. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  86. Review: Snackfever subscription
  87. Cat Cafe
  88. Religion in China
  89. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  90. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  91. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  92. Review: Kaomoji
  93. Chopsticks
  94. Drama Review: Save Me
  95. LGBT in Japan
  96. Artist: Zhao Lei
  97. The power of BB Cream
  98. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  99. LGBT in China
  100. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  101. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  102. Rental bikes
  103. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  104. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  105. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  106. The Three Sovereigns
  107. LGTB in South Korea
  108. Japanese street food
  109. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  110. Mumun Pottery
  111. Boygroup: SF9
  112. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  113. Izanagi & Izanami
  114. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  115. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  116. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  117. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  118. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  119. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  120. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  121. Halloween in Japan
  122. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  123. Halloween in China
  124. Halloween in Korea
  125. Social Media in China? No!
  126. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  127. Camera Japan Festival
  128. Movie Review: Noise
  129. Heungbu and Nolbu
  130. Konpeitō
  131. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  132. Chinese Street Food
  133. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  134. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  135. Jeulmun Pottery
  136. Boyband: NEWS
  137. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  138. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  139. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  140. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  141. Review: Hite
  142. The Rising Sun Flag
  143. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  144. Drama review: Hwarang
  145. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
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  1. Restaurant: Ramen Brothers
  2. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  3. Social Media: TikTok
  4. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
  5. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  6. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  7. Empress Wu
  8. Game review: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
  9. Review: Hallyucon
  10. Concert review: Crossfaith at Patronaat
  11. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  12. Interview: LOVEBITES
  13. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  14. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  15. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  16. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  17. Drama: Meteor Garden
  18. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  19. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  20. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  21. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  22. Moon festival
  23. Band: LOVEBITES
  24. Chinese Traditional clothing
  25. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  26. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  27. Review: Wish
  28. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  29. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  30. Book: The White Book
  31. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  32. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  33. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  34. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  35. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  36. Artist: Hanggai
  37. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  38. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  39. Produce 101 China
  40. Crossfaith (interview)
  41. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  42. Food: Ramen
  43. Artist: Jackson Wang
  44. Special: BTSXARMY
  45. SPECIAL: BTS
  46. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  47. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  48. 10 years of SHINee
  49. Drama review: Erased
  50. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  51. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  52. Artist: Miyavi
  53. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  54. 10 Korean Proverbs
  55. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  56. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  57. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  58. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  59. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  60. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  61. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  62. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  63. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  64. Religion in Japan
  65. C-Pop
  66. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  67. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  68. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  69. Boygroup: GOT7
  70. Artist: BABYMETAL
  71. Online shopping in China
  72. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  73. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  74. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  75. Boygroup: Day6
  76. Drama Review: Last Friend
  77. Valentine’s day in China
  78. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  79. Valentine’s day in Korea
  80. Valentine’s day in Japan
  81. Terracotta Army
  82. Beauty in Korea
  83. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  84. Chinese New Year
  85. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  86. Review: Snackfever subscription
  87. Cat Cafe
  88. Religion in China
  89. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  90. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  91. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  92. Review: Kaomoji
  93. Chopsticks
  94. Drama Review: Save Me
  95. LGBT in Japan
  96. Artist: Zhao Lei
  97. The power of BB Cream
  98. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  99. LGBT in China
  100. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  101. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  102. Rental bikes
  103. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  104. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  105. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  106. The Three Sovereigns
  107. LGTB in South Korea
  108. Japanese street food
  109. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  110. Mumun Pottery
  111. Boygroup: SF9
  112. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  113. Izanagi & Izanami
  114. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  115. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  116. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  117. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  118. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  119. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  120. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  121. Halloween in Japan
  122. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  123. Halloween in China
  124. Halloween in Korea
  125. Social Media in China? No!
  126. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  127. Camera Japan Festival
  128. Movie Review: Noise
  129. Heungbu and Nolbu
  130. Konpeitō
  131. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  132. Chinese Street Food
  133. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  134. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  135. Jeulmun Pottery
  136. Boyband: NEWS
  137. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  138. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  139. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  140. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  141. Review: Hite
  142. The Rising Sun Flag
  143. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  144. Drama review: Hwarang
  145. 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!

 

Source: google + Wikipedia
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