Morality is highly valued in South Korea
As demonstrated by Enes Kaya’s TV fall from grace over an alleged adultery to pop star Yoo Seung-apparent jun’s avoidance of his military duty, South Korea is unforgiving when it comes to immoral behaviour. The most recent gay pride festival was opposed by Christian organisations, who claimed to be defending “a land of great moral value throughout its 5000-year history.” The underground room salons, where prostitution is secretly practised every other weekday and these moral standards are frequently disregarded, are not mentioned 홍대룸싸롱.
I was recently “treated” to a night at the opulent room salon after being recognised as a guest of honour among South Korean businessmen. After a meal of barbecue and copious amounts of soju, a designated driver picked us up and took us to Gangnam, the heart of Seoul’s financial district.
A valet greeted us and led us down some marble stairs that were surrounded by fountains. My boss winked at me and said, “No corporate credit cards in here. The accounts will be settled later.” When we were led into the room, the whiskey and snacks had already been placed on the table. When the parlor’s manager entered, she called the women inside.
Six women in their late twenties with surgical augmentations shuffled in awkwardly, strutted around in stilettos, lined up, and proudly displayed their enhancements one by one. After the manager listed all of them, choose one. The gay sauna immediately made me think of a fresh-flesh meat market where one must select a prey for the evening. Being the foreigner, I had the advantage of first pick. I didn’t find any of the women attractive, so I just said, “none.” I watched as my group nodded happily. They reasoned that I must be a seasoned customer given my exquisitely expensive taste and refusal to select worn-out rags during the first round. My boss yelled at the girls, who are naturally disposable, to “Get out!”
The following group came in. In front of my drooling coworkers, I decided to pick the girl with the least amount of plastic. The group’s remaining members each selected a female friend. It was clear that my married colleagues had no moral dilemma at all despite the drinks and small talk. There was no hesitating or even questioning as to why we were here: to have sex with a beautiful woman.
There is beer, additional whiskey, small talk, hand feeding, stumbling, and karaoke. Before the special service that was in store for us, we ended our session. Each of our girls went upstairs and checked into a motel-style room with her selected roommate shortly after we left the room. At this point, I was so inebriated that neither my partner nor I were reluctant to strip off. We took a shower before retiring to bed. But making me cum was pointless. She tried her hardest to convey her regret. We subsequently parted ways after I politely told her that it was useless.
Due to my sexual orientation and the fact that I was never there to have sex with the women, I now find the entire incident to be amusing. I don’t feel bad about going. I regret that I was able to fulfil my promise and set a benchmark for future visits, though. I had gotten along with my boss by the next day at work. Female coworkers wonder how we have managed to get so close. I can only advise people to be wary of invitations to “dinner with the boss” at this time.
Self-repressive Korea, South. In a variety of contexts, including work environments and marital pressures, being oneself in public is discouraged. The Room Salon demonstrates how South Korean men let it all out in the safety of a different world in the posh basements of Gangnam, South Korea’s seedy underbelly where anything goes. I am a single man during the week, to paraphrase one of my married managers. This appears to be the unwritten rule that exempts them from moral concerns about immoral behaviour or adultery in the male-dominated workplace. Due to how pervasive the culture of money for sex is in that nation, I have yet to meet a single male South Korean office worker friend who has not indulged in post-work sexual gratification.
There was a lot of opposition to homosexuality last week before the annual Queer Parade, mostly on moral grounds. One pastor claimed that one of the main issues with homosexuality in South Korea is the fact that the average gay person there has 1,000 sexual partners and runs the risk of contracting STDs. He either doesn’t know what happens in these salons or he deliberately chooses to ignore the real moral crisis facing the nation. These righteous organisations that purport to uphold family values pay little attention to men who frequently cheat on their wives with prostitutes, despite the fact that homosexuality is said to be a threat to the moral fabric of the nation.
The same small far-right organisations condemn homosexuality as a dangerous import from the West while upholding a selective and fundamentalist interpretation of a faith brought to Korea by Western missionaries. However, the actual problem that these organisations ought to focus on takes place in the highrises, basements, and back alleys of Seoul and elsewhere: