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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on February 26th, 2009 at 1:37 am

Prostitution Flourishes In Seoul’s Jongmyo Park

Jongmyo Park appears to be the place to go for ajushi to get some action:

Senior citizens play “janggi” or Korean traditional chess in Jongmyo Park, downtown Seoul. Some of the elderly gathering in park are often approached by prostitutes there. / Korea Times Photo by Park Si-soo

Some foreign travelers on their way from Jongmyo Shrine, the nation’s oldest royal Confucian shrine that locates just next to the park, took photos of themselves with the strange crowd as background.

Around 1 p.m., several neatly dressed females seemingly in their 40s or 50s emerged around the park. However, they didn’t join in the activities, instead, they kept staring at the crowd as if waiting for their husbands.

`They are prostitutes,” said a cobbler working in front of the park. “The number reaches its highest around 3 p.m. Among them are ethnic Koreans from China.” Noting that at least 25,000-30,000 won ($16.5-20) is needed for a one-time session, he said, “In many cases, men ask for sex first, but the opposite also occurs.”

The park has been considered a “sound” playground for retired senior citizens, but it has recently become a hotbed of the illicit sex trade between sex-hungry old men and prostitutes. [Korea Times]

Make sure to read the rest of the article because it is an interesting read about the sex industry operating around Jongmyo Park and the amount of STD’s floating around there.  What I also found interesting is that these ajushis buy their prostitutes for the same amount of money it costs a GI to buy a single drink for a juicy girl.

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  • Sonagi
    9:23 pm on February 25th, 2009 1

    Jongmyo Park is the place to go for harabojis to get some action.

  • King Baeksu
    1:40 am on February 26th, 2009 2

    This is not as surprising as it would first seem. First off, the economic downturn has no doubt contributed to the increase in women seeking to supplement their income in the time-honored fashion (especially migrants from China who may be getting less factory or service-industry work of late). Second of all, the nationwide crackdown on prostitution that was first launched in Sept. 2004 under Roh Moo-hyun seems to have been reinvigorated under the Lee Myung-bak administration — a well-known Christian, we might add. Naturally, the law of unintended consequences applies here.

    However, what really makes this latest development in the area less than unusual is the fact there was actually a very famous RLD in the Chongno-3-ga area up until the early '70s, I believe, and literally right around the same warren of alleyways that lies to the West of the plaza in front of Chongmyo. It was Park Chung-hee who ordered it taken down, and replaced with the many jewelry shops that one sees there today. One might say, then, that what we see in front of Chongmyo today is something of a return of the repressed. Is there something about the spirits of all those dead kings and queens nearby that adds to the perverse energy of the area?

    As for STDs, also hardly surprising at all. Anyone who has been to the plaza in the afternoon knows how absolutely stonkered on makkolli and soju the old-timers there tend to get. I'd be surprised if most of them can find the actual target they seek, let alone successfully wrap a protective sheath around their well-worn blade.

  • chefantwon
    8:47 am on February 26th, 2009 3

    Here I thought prostitution was illegal in Korea?

    So how long will it be before these parks are off limits to military folks?

  • Unsatisfied LG DACOM
    9:25 am on February 26th, 2009 4

    "What I also found interesting is that these ajushis buy their prostitutes for the same amount of money it costs a GI to buy a single drink for a juicy girl."

    Does this truly bother you? The women have lower prices for the old Koreans because the old Koreans don't have much money. GIs pay such a high price for juicy girls because they're dumb and desperate enough to do it. It's the same principle as why Koreans pay so little for Korean-made cars while Americans pay so much for American-made cars.

  • guitard
    10:29 am on February 26th, 2009 5

    In #2 – King Baeksu wrote: I’d be surprised if most of them can find the actual target they seek, let alone successfully wrap a protective sheath around their well-worn blade.

    If they are lit up on soju, I'm surprised the ol' boys can still get it up.

  • King Baeksu
    12:06 pm on February 26th, 2009 6

    "The women have lower prices for the old Koreans because the old Koreans don’t have much money."

    Not quite. It's because the street wenches around Chongmyo are 20 to 30 years older than the average juicy girl. If they were still 20 or 25 years old — and reasonably hot — they'd be pulling W200,000 to W300,000 a throw operating out of a room salon or deluxe massage parlor. No one is pulling tricks outdoors in the dead of winter amongst the geriatric set unless they have little other choice.

  • Korea Beat
    2:59 pm on February 26th, 2009 7

    On my bucket list is to get hammered and play some janggi with those guys.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    10:42 am on February 27th, 2009 8

    I didn't say it bothered me I said it was interesting. I would hope some GI's would read this and realize how ripped off they are getting before blowing so much money on juicy girl.

  • King Baeksu
    12:36 pm on February 27th, 2009 9

    I agree juicy girls are a rip-off these days, but they are able to charge a premium for two basic reasons: language and location.

    If a FOB GI were able to speak passable Korean, he could shlep all the way to a local RLD and get busy for a mere W70,000 or so. But it would be a very utilitarian experience and over with very quickly, despite all the effort involved in getting there (taxi? bus? long subway ride?).

    The girls in the typical ville, on the other hand, are usually just a short stroll from the main gate of a base, and because they generally speak English, it's a more enjoyable experience hanging out with them. For that reason alone the premium may well be worth it, at least for some.

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