The city of Dongducheon is well known for being home to Camp Casey and Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division. This has made the Bosan-dong ville across the street from Camp Casey the main shopping and bar area for Soldiers stationed at the base. However, Bosan-dong isn’t the only ville in Dongducheon. Camp Hovey is a smaller camp accessed from Camp Casey by a small valley known as the Hovey Cut between the two camps. Just outside the gate of Camp Hovey is the small village of Teokgeo-ri.
Note that Teokgeo-ri has been spelled Toko-ri in the past.
At one time Teokgeo-ri was one of the sleaziest villes you could find in Korea since the clubs had to go out of their way to attract GI customers from the much larger and popular TDC Ville. If you have ever watched the first Stars Wars movie and remember the bar with the space aliens in it in the city of Mos Eisley, that is what Teokgeo-ri was like a few years ago.
Obi-wan Kenobi once described Mos Eisley as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy”, Toko-ri wasn’t much different. However, instead of horned, green, or beady eyed aliens, Teokgeo-ri had Filipino and Russian juicy girls covered in chocolate and wax, a retarded barmaid, strippers that used to hold what was known as the P***y Olympics led by a Korean woman known as the Dragon Lady who did anatomy defying things with cigars and beer bottles, and to top it off there was even a midget. Before I had even ever stepped foot in Korea I had heard about the Midget of Toko-ri from old crusty NCOs about how they used to “stick to the midget” especially on New Years; that is how well known she is in the US military. After seeing the midget for myself I can’t imagine why anyone would want to “stick it to the midget”, but hey to each their own.
Since I don’t have anything to do with the ville any more I’m not sure if any of this still goes on, but from what I hear Teokgeo-ri has really died down and even the midget has left the ville in recent years. I hear that the clubs in an effort to stand out from their competition in the TDC ville are more active in prostitution. Anyone know if this perception is true or not?
Anyway I recently made a visit to Teokgeo-ri. The below map shows the route I took around this small village:
I started my walk around Teokgeo-ri from the main road that runs through the center of town. From this road I noticed the first club I saw called the Black Jack:
As I continued to walk down the road I also saw the Fox Woods Club:
At the end of the street the road leads to Highway 364 which is a scenic drive up and over the mountains to Pocheon. I took a left and followed a small side road that leads to Camp Hovey:
The side road follows a creek on its eastern side and on the western side are more buildings from the village. Here is the view looking across the creek towards the farm land from the side road:
Here is the view of the buildings I was approaching as I walked down the road:
This cluster of buildings were more clubs servicing Soldiers from Camp Hovey. The first club with the Joy Club:
Next was Club Bounce and Club Hooah:
Here is the view looking back at these clubs:
Here is the view of the creek that runs through Teokgeo-ri and also flows through both Camp Hovey and Camp Casey:
This creek looks harmless enough now but when there is sustained rain this creek can really get swollen and flood which is something Camp Casey and Hovey recently experienced.
Here is view looking in the other direction across the rice paddies that border Teokgeo-ri:
As I walked further down the road I came upon this bridge that crosses the river:
Across the bridge there is a road that leads to Beaver’s. Beaver’s is a BBQ restaurant frequented by US Soldiers that has been the subject of controversy in the past. However, it was about this time that I started getting rained on pretty heavily and just decided to walk back to my car as quickly as possible instead:
As walked down the road Camp Hovey came into view:
The road in front me leads through this narrow ville, which I have had a few interesting times trying to drive a Humvee through before:
Instead of walking down the road towards Camp Hovey I took a left and headed back towards the downtown section of the city instead:
Along the way I walked by this US Army friendly hotel:
I then walked by the villages Post Office that appears to be having a problem with people leaving trash on their premises:
Here is a picture of a chicken and beer joint I passed as I walked through the ville:
Here is a side street in the middle of Teokgeo-ri I then followed where more clubs are located:
First is the DMZ Club:
Then there is the Grand Illusion:
Followed by Club NBA:
Here is the view looking back down the street at the clubs that I walked by:
From this street I then walked up a side alley to take me back to where I parked on the main road through town:
Along this road I saw few more clubs such as Club Obsession:
I then walked by the UN Club:
After coming back upon the main road through Teokgeo-ri I noticed a sign for the D&G Club:
Right next to the D&G Club was what was left of this burned down club:
Here is one final view of downtown Teokgeo-ri:
If it wasn’t for the fact that Teokgeo-ri is a sleazy ville it actually would be a nice place to live due to its scenic location. The valley is quite beautiful and some people are starting to take notice of this fact as more and more large and expensive homes are being built along the hills around Teokgeo-ri:
I do have to say that in the past 10 years Teokgeo-ri has come a long ways and is not as sleazy as it once was. Who knows maybe some day after the US military relocates from Dongducheon to Camp Humphreys further down south, maybe Teokgeo-ri will become an area more affluent people build their homes to take advantage of the village’s beautiful scenery? With that said that concludes my walk around Teokgeo-ri. If anyone has anything they want to add about the various clubs in the village and experiences they had in Teokgeo-ri in the past please share with everyone in the comments section.