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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 21st, 2013 at 6:56 am

High-Rise Brothel Raided In Seoul’s Gangnam District

The story below about a high rise brothel in Samseong-dong is currently the top story over at the Korea Times:

Police said Sunday they had uncovered a suspected brothel operating in a nine-story building, and fronted by a hostess bar and hotel, in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul.

Officers said they found more than 100 females working there as prostitutes.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said it arrested the 35-year-old bar owner, surnamed Jung, in its raid on Jan. 10 for hiring the women as “hostesses” since June 2010 and asking them to engage in prostitution.

Police suspect almost every floor of the building was used as a brothel. Jung ran at least three floors, including one in the basement, as a hostess bar where the women served liquor to male customers and performed oral sex, according to investigators.

They added a large number of the customers were escorted to hotel rooms between the sixth and ninth floors, paying 330,000 won ($310) for sex with the hostesses.

Police are expanding the probe to find out whether Jung was also the owner of the hotel and headed the prostitution racket.  [Korea Times]

You can read the rest at the link, but I guess Mr. Jung did not make his monthly payoff to the neighborhood cops to get busted like this.  I am unconvinced that this large brothel has been operating out in the open for two and half years without the police knowing about it until now.  By the way for those that don’t know Samseong-dong is located in Seoul’s Gangnam District.

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  • Setnaffa
    8:12 am on January 21st, 2013 1

    Gangnam Style writ large…

  • Kangaji
    9:59 am on January 21st, 2013 2

    They sold performance enhancing drugs that start with a v as well and had early bird specials.

  • Rich V
    10:41 am on January 21st, 2013 3

    Just what exactly did they think a “Hostess Bar” was anyway?

  • Glans
    10:51 am on January 21st, 2013 4

    Rich V, I thought a Hostess Bar was a cheap pastry, available from vending machines.

  • Leon LaPorte
    12:44 pm on January 21st, 2013 5

    4. Not anymore. :sad:

  • Bob
    4:56 pm on January 21st, 2013 6

    What a shame…He was making good money let him pay his taxes and do his business. I don’t know about you guys but I got no issues with a brothel so long as the women are willing, and the men are paying.

    He should of paid a higher bribe…Poor guy.

  • chefantwon
    5:03 pm on January 21st, 2013 7

    #4 the pastry wasn’t cheap and while maybe a bit on the flexible side, I bet you didn’t get to take any home….

  • Waygook Dude
    5:59 pm on January 21st, 2013 8

    I work in Gangnam, and our execs stay in Samseong all the time. Does anybody know the name of the building? There are tons and tons of hostess bars surrounding our offices, but I’ve never seen or noticed any that were part of a “hotel” setup. That actually makes a lot of sense, business-wise.

  • tbonetylr
    6:10 pm on January 21st, 2013 9

    Is this the “Gangnam Style” Maj. Gen. Walter Golden from the Eighth Army Deputy Commanding General was talking about when he commended Gangnam residents for their “style” when he spoke at Coex on Jan. 8, 2012? I’m sure Coex is just a hop, skip, and a jump from this brothel.

  • Waygook Dude
    6:21 pm on January 21st, 2013 10

    Yep, COEX is basically built on top of Samseong station. Samseong is also the station for City Airport, the Korea “World Trade Center” as well as several very high-brow hotels such as the Park Hyatt and the IntercContinental.

  • Avatar of kangajikangaji
    6:54 pm on January 21st, 2013 11

    Here’s Blurry footage of the building They’re calling it the “A” Hotel.

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:17 pm on January 21st, 2013 12

    11. The “A Hole”-tel? :lol:

  • a-letheia
    7:33 pm on January 21st, 2013 13

    These things are all over Yeoido too, except they are Karaoke/massage/hotels. Many are underground. Of course, they are cheaper than THAT one :shock:. Lots of guys toil away at their meaningless jobs ’till the wee hrs of the night, and decide it is better to crash at one of these places than go all the way home just to get up in a few hrs to return to work. You can see how there is a market for such places. I wonder why THIS guy got busted?

  • new guy
    9:00 pm on January 21st, 2013 14

    How about the Green Grass Hotel in Seoulleung? What’s that?

  • Leon LaPorte
    9:11 pm on January 21st, 2013 15

    Hotel offers The Cafe which is a casual Italian bistro where guests can enjoy coffee, tea, snack and quality Italian cuisine all day. Hotel offer various menus for breakfast, lunce and dinner and serve draft beer and wine at the opened terrace between apring and fall. Forest Fitness operated by the Korean Sports Instructor’s Association, It’s equipped with the lastest fitess equipment and offer an environmentally friendly facility. Hotel also has Suana and Massage room for guests’s relaxtion. :grin:

  • MTB Rider
    9:11 pm on January 21st, 2013 16

    Um, where is Tom? Usually these types of articles bring him running like a starving dog to the dinnerbell! :lol:

    I kept warning him that his poor trolling would get him recalled for “Reeducation Through Labor.” He didn’l believe me… Or is just that he lost his stipend from his Masters?

  • Leon LaPorte
    9:17 pm on January 21st, 2013 17

    16. Maybe he voluntarily returned to his homeland to fulfill his military service obligation.



    LULZ, NOT!

  • Kingkitty
    11:17 pm on January 21st, 2013 18

    These places are everywhere in Korea….Normal business

    They must of resisted shake down efforts by the police

  • Leon LaPorte
    11:42 pm on January 21st, 2013 19

    18. Penny wise and pound foolish.

  • Flyingsword
    11:43 pm on January 21st, 2013 20

    It’s a crime for a woman to sell something we all hope she gives away for free……

  • Flunky Brewster
    1:19 am on January 22nd, 2013 21

    Look, the Korean police are on the case. Everyone can relax now. It can be damn hard to find prostitution in South Korea but the Korean police will eventually find some and when they do you’d better believe things will happen. Oh, yes, things will happen.

  • Teadrinker
    4:37 am on January 22nd, 2013 22

    Prostitution is so underground in Korea, it took the cops months of investigation just to locate the establishment. ;-)

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    12:10 pm on January 22nd, 2013 23

    [...] ROK Drop said a brothel had been handling for about dual years before a raid. [...]

  • tbonetylr
    4:19 pm on January 30th, 2013 24

    Is the Ramada the “9 story building” they were talking about? It sounds like you don’t have to work too hard to find a prostitute in Seoul, just try visiting about any motel/hotel. I like this part…”the closure aims to send a strong warning against such flagrant disregard for the law.” :lol:
    ‘Ramada Seoul Shut for a Month in Prostitution Crackdown’
    “The Ramada Seoul Hotel in Samseong-dong, Gangnam will be shut down for a month after a prostitution bust, the Gangnam District Office said Tuesday.

    Police busted the hotel twice last year, in June and October, for providing facilities for prostitution, an official at Gangnam District Office said. He added the closure aims to “send a strong warning against such flagrant disregard for the law.”
    This is the first time an entire hotel is being shut for facilitating prostitution. The closure will start in March once administrative procedures are complete.
    Gangnam District Office vowed to continue to crack down on hotels that encourage commercial sex.”

  • JoeC
    5:23 pm on January 30th, 2013 25

    Blame it on Psy for bringing too much outside attention to the area. Or, maybe something to do with the fact of an incoming woman president.

    Anyway, these types of “crackdowns” are usually more for the flash and show effect until attention goes away.

  • Kangaji
    7:54 pm on January 30th, 2013 26

    #25: President Park hasn’t really concentrated on a feminist agenda, she’s just pointed out that she’s a “prepared female president”

  • kjohn.
    7:49 am on March 12th, 2013 27

    W ;-) hen I was stationed in Korea 1974-75.An overnight was 10 bucks and a short time was 5 bucks.The times are a changing.

  • Mooseknuckle
    12:07 pm on March 12th, 2013 28

    Hey guys I’m getting stationed there in May and my girlfriend just left me because I’m getting sent there for a year and have no idea where I’m headed afterwards. Is prostitution still pretty user friendly there? Are the KNP really cracking down for real? $310 an hour seems reasonable. I just don’t feel like putting the work into trying to get another girlfriend. Plus I’m getting old and I don’t exactly look like Tom Brady.

  • kmg365
    7:20 pm on April 2nd, 2013 29

    You’re obviously a contractor and no, Seoul is not like Bangkok. And fwiw, a lot has changed since the dated war stories you’ve obviously been listening to were passed around. For starters, all the bargirls in the villes are now Filipinas and you’ll be hard pressed to find one who’ll “luv you long time” without strings attached. Whatever you do buddy, just caveat emptor, b/c the KNP are really cracking down.

  • someotherguy
    8:20 pm on April 2nd, 2013 30


    *cough* *bullsh!t* *cough*

    The bars in Deagu are nearly all Koreans. The Philipina’s are all in the Seoul, Osan and 2ID areas and only right outside the bases. Get the hell away from there and it changes.

    Prostitution is incredibly easy to find, the going rate varies from city to city though. Just look for a seedy motel, outside there should be cards with a photo and numbers on them. Sometimes their inside the motel, though the owners try to keep the cards outside to prevent being blamed for them. Single phone call, nuff said.

    There are also tons of massage parlors everywhere, just look for An-Ma and you’ve spotted a prostitution joint. They’ll also do regular massage, gotta keep the front up, but if you ask they also provide special services.

    The police aren’t cracking down, they didn’t crack down 20, 15, 10 nor 5 years ago. What happens is every three to five years they need to be seen doing “something” to keep up the appearance. Otherwise the business’s just pay protection money to the local mafia who then ensure the police are kept at a distance via bribes and business arrangements.

  • MTB Rider
    11:29 pm on April 2nd, 2013 31

    Indeed. Made a LONG ride through Korea last weekend. Every little town, every medium sized town, and of course every large town had Anmas, Coffee Shop Girls, Salon Rooms, etc. Rolled into a little town, saw a pretty girl all dressed up, counting out her money while getting into a little Kia Morning to be driven over to her next “Coffee Date.”

    Prostitution is ubiquitous in Korea. It’s like the CU stores, billiard parlors and phone shops. One or two on every block. And Koreans always act surprised when Americans or Canadians are able to point out their “secret” bordellos.

  • Ole Tanker
    6:09 am on April 3rd, 2013 32

    I am glad to see this blog can still provide practical down to earth information for the average Joe.

  • Glans
    6:35 am on April 3rd, 2013 33

    What is the literal meaning of Anma? How is it written in Hangul? No, I’m not looking for an Anma, I have no plans to visit Korea, I’m just curious about the Korean language.

  • -Jerry
    9:10 am on February 5th, 2014 34

    Well I am wondering why all of a sudden this place was hit. Afterall when I lived in Busan it was being advertised all over the streets. We even brought this to the city and law enforcements attention. Also there is no mention of the patrons being charged.


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